• James Novotny

Weddingapolis with (DE-FI)ance Magazine

     On March 4th I had the opportunity to attend and go behind the scenes of Weddingapolis Events & Expos by Claiborne Productions held at the Marriot in Dublin Ohio while representing (DE-FI) Dayton’s Emerging Fashion Incubator.

     The expo included a bridesmaid gallery with the latest trends in bridal attire, two fashion shows featuring wedding gowns and bridesmaids dresses by David’s Bridal, Fred Astaire Dance Studios class examples and a brief floral DIY presented by The Flowerman.

     The main focus of the event was the 57 vendors that came to meet with brides, discuss the latest trends in the industry and talk about the services they offer in a more casual settings with the bridal party.

     Kathy Piech-Lukas, Award-winning event planner of Your Dream Day in Dayton, speaker and blogger aided Claiborne Productions with social media. “You are seeing a lot of blush, Champaign, peaches, ivories, pale blues and purples.” Lukas said about 2018’s colors also citing Pantone’s Color of the Year being ‘Ultra Violet’.

     These colors flowed into the events attire. America Commodore Tuxedo with locations across Ohio spoke with brides and grooms about tux choices. Jon Roberts, manager of the Polaris Fashion Place Mall location said, “We are doing a lot right now with colored jackets with your more fitted black pants. Also burgundy with black, navy is popular. Gray is the new black.” Roberts suggested grooms have a try-on day just like brides and not wait till the day before to wear their attire.

     The fashion show took place on the main stage at 12:35 and 2:40 featuring New View models Mariah, Paula, Whitney, Andrea and others wearing numerous David’s Bridal looks.

     “Bridalwear is all about sheer paneling right now,” a representative of David’s Bridal said, “a lot of layering textures. For brides pinks and blues are really in trend along with blush and wine.” David’s Bridal suggests a bride purchase her dress a year before her wedding leaving time for modification. The suggestion for bridesmaids is six to eight months.

     Two hours is the suggested amount of time for trying on gowns says Laure Wingfield of Twirl, a full services brides, bridesmaids and grooms attire store located in Kenton, Ohio. “Comfort is key.” Wingfield said, “Brides are wanting to be comfortable throughout their day since they are going to be in this gown from morning till night.” Wingfield mentions lace, floral appliques and pale hues trending in the bridal industry. “Bring the most important people with you to a try on.” Wingfield advises, “Not everyone. Pick who you trust and love and be prepared to fall in love on your first visit.”

     Tom Fritts president of Dayton’s The Event Connections, on behalf of Party Pleasers spoke about trends in decor, “They don’t want their reception the same as the last persons. We are finding clients doing a lot of unique backdrops, ceiling flags, drapery and bistro lighting right now.” One of the Party Pleasers new assets is intelligent lighting, lights that change color and brightness throughout the event. Party Pleasers is located in Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton.

     Bringing plenty of options into food, a representative of Heritage Event with locations in Piqua, Cincinnati and Columbus mentioned their beef briquette and lasagna being some of their top sellers. Counseling guests Heritage Event proposes picking what you want and not trying to please everyone at your event, other tips and life hacks are provided on their blog to help clients and those interested in events

     “Enjoy the process,” Lukas of Your Dream Day said, “This is supposed to be really fun chapter in your life. If it becomes stressful, take step back. Go out to dinner with your fiancé. Don’t mention the words invitations, seating charts, don’t say any wedding buzz words and enjoy their company and you’ll remember why you’re doing this in the first place.” When asked about how to succeed over stress Lukas offered some advice, “Remember what this whole event is all about, to proclaim your love in front of friends and family.” Everything else is icing on the wedding cake.

Claiborne Productions hosts various bridal shows in the south west Ohio areas including Dayton, Cincinnati and Columbus. Visit https://www.claiborneproductions.com/ for a complete list of this year’s bridal shows in your area!

This is just a small fraction of the trends, fashions and taste of the local Dayton community Dayton’s Emerging Fashion Incubator and (DE-FI)ance Magazine has to offers. Make sure you stay tuned for the upcoming issue of (DE-FI)ance Magazine coming this September with more in depth looks at this years trends in fashion and bridal.

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