One of the Gazette’s most popular and successful annual events will mark a significant milestone early next year.
On Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, the newspaper’s Wedding Show will celebrate its 20th anniversary. The special event will take place at The Hall of Springs and The Gideon Putnam Resort, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., within the Saratoga Spa State Park in Saratoga Springs. Admission is $5, with free parking and a shuttle that runs between both venues.
Wedding Show coordinator C.J. Dufort, who is in the midst of organizing the Gazette’s expo for the twelfth time, says that while “many other Capital Region [bridal] shows have come and gone, ours continues to be a success.”
“It is highly-regarded among brides and vendors; it’s a show that they want to attend,” she explains. In fact, more than 125 vendors offering anything and everything that couples could possibly need or want for their special day have already registered for next January’s event.
In previous years, Dufort has sold out of space for them to display their products and services.
In another testament to the show’s excellent reputation, “vendors even tell their competitors to attend,” she adds.
The Gazette Wedding Show provides brides- and grooms- to be with an opportunity to see numerous possibilities for their special day. “There’s a whole process you go through when planning a wedding,” says Dufort. Attending our show “helps them filter through options so that they can figure out what they really want and get moving on the actual planning.”
One of the things she loves to observe during the event is an attendee marveling at a vendor’s booth remarking that its product or service is a “great idea.”
Dufort believes the Gazette’s Wedding Show is one of the area’s premiere shows because of the wide variety of vendors on hand, not only in the number of different categories, but also the number of vendors in each category. For example, while some wedding shows may feature a couple of reception venues and caterers, she says the Gazette’s next show will have at least 25 to 30 businesses in that category alone for couples to visit.
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Another reason Dufort says the Gazette’s Wedding Show stands out from the rest is because couples have the opportunity to converse with vendors one-on-one, on the spot, no appointment necessary. “It’s so important to meet face-to-face,” she says, and elaborates further. “Couples need to feel comfortable with any vendor at their wedding. Brides generally have a vision for their wedding day and want it to happen. Both parties need to be on the same page.”
Dufort wants both the brides and vendors “to be happy” at the end of the event. “Brides get the information they need to plan their wedding, while vendors make contact with prospective customers to help their business grow. It’s a win-win situation.”
For more information about the 2020 Gazette Wedding Show, visit its webpage here.