The 10th Annual Louisiana Couture Bridal Show was held on March 20 at the Crowne Plaza Baton Rouge. One of the hotel’s main ballrooms was filled with vendors and organizations whose main objective was to help future brides with their wedding needs. Vendors ranged from every possible aspect of a wedding. Of course, there were beautiful gowns on display, but there were also bakeries, salons, photographers and even dentists advertising their teeth whitening services.
These professionals were on the show floor answering questions, and some were even offering samples of their services. All of them were also lending some of their tips and tricks to couples on how to make their wedding as smooth and budget friendly as possible.
Janet Drinkwater-Doucet with Drinkwater Travel was there to help couples realize that destination weddings and honeymoons can be cost effective.
“We happily work with the bride and grooms budget,” said Drinkwater-Doucet. “They tell me where they want to go, we go over what these places have to offer, and then we go over what they can do with their budget. There’s something out there for everyone. No matter what their budget is, we can find them something nice.”
Sarah Kelly with Sarah Kelly Photography recommended talking to businesses and getting recommendations. She said that although one person is of your price range, they may know someone who is still very talented that fits your budget.
Vendors were also there to talk with brides and couples about what trends they have been noticing, and what has been popular in the world of weddings.
“There are a lot of different trends in photography that go every different direction,” said Kelly. “Right now film seems to be a big trend. Photographers who have never dabbled in film photography are starting to try to learn it. Look for someone who can give you something that may have a vintage feel, but is still modern and can be timeless.”
Kevin Grelle with Gambino’s Bakery in Baton Rouge said that he even notices trends in the types of cakes couples want for their weddings.
“There’s a lot of groups who want the traditional vintage look,” said Grelle. “And more so now, we’re seeing trends in grooms cakes. The main wedding cake is the centerpiece, but the grooms cake is the way couples are choosing to express themselves. We’ve seen everything from Game of Thrones cakes to Nintendo cakes.”
The vendors were there throughout the afternoon, but one of the biggest events of the evening was the couture runway show. The runway show was put on by one of the bridal show’s main sponsors, Bridal Boutique. It featured designs by the boutique’s guest designer Olia Zavozina, who is based out of Nashville, Tennessee.
“We have gowns that come in all categories and price ranges,” said the owner of Bridal Boutique, Marie Tilley. “We have a lot of LSU students who are our brides and customers. Every bride can benefit from being here today.”