Wedding Wednesday: Bridal Expos

My new side hobby is bridal expo hustling.  No joke, bridal expos are the best thing in the world since sliced bread (and I’m a girl who loves her carbs so you know this is serious talk).  Imagine waltzing up to a schmancy country club, loading up on delicious hors d’oeurves and champagne with your three best friends for the ultra low price of ZERO DOLLARS.

That is exactly what I did last Sunday.

Jessica Brose, events manager at Main Street Weddings and my good friend was gracious enough to invite me to a bridal open house at the Fauquier Springs Country Club out in Warrenton, Va.

The event’s theme was “A Winter Wonderland” and the country club’s ballroom was completely decked out in blue, silver and white fabric.  White floral arrangements adorned every table – – each with a unique look and feel.

Guests had the opportunity to speak with vendors and also taste an amazing array of treats provided by Legends Catering.  Between my two sisters, my mom and I, we tried everything they had to offer — our favorites being the Maryland crab cake appetizers, strawberry and spinach salad, prosciutto wrapped asparagus, sliced London broil in au jus, and Parmesan risotto.

Being new to the whole wedding planning thing, going to an event like this was very useful.  It opened my eyes to a lot of new ideas and also gave me the opportunity to see how little details can make any event seem five star.  It was also fun to see Jessica run the whole show.  A little bit of history – – Jessica and I used to work together at the local Ruby Tuesdays almost ten years ago so seeing her excel in a demanding and detail oriented position like this was pretty spectacular and I couldn’t help but feel a little bit proud.

Jessica…you have come a long way since you were Jessica #2, Smiling People Greeter!

At the end of the day, I realized that a country club wedding wasn’t for me but that didn’t deter Jessica from coming back to me with a TON of valuable suggestions.  If you are interested in learning more about Main Street Weddings or are just looking for more inspiration and ideas on how to plan your special day I would suggest that you attend a few of their free upcoming Bridal University series.  Topics will include:  Budgeting, Bridal Hair and Makeup, Planning Your Honeymoon, How to Select Wedding Invitations and Stationary, and How to get Flower Girls and Ring Bears Involved, etc.

The first event will be held on Saturday, February 4th at 1:00 p.m., with an information-packed session titled:

The Power of Flowers

Working with a florist to create your dream wedding

This session will feature local business owner and custom wedding florist, Shelley Campbell, who will advise future brides on creative and unique floral design and cost saving tips for selecting wedding flowers.this session will receive a $50 gift towards their flower purchase (minimum $500 order).

Prospective brides who wish to participate in the Bridal University seminars are encouraged to pre-register in person at Main Street Weddings (88 Main Street, Warrenton, VA 20186) or via telephone (540.347.4004) or email (

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