Bridal Inspirations Wedding Expo features wedding fashion show

Couples seeking to make their weddings memorable will find many options Sunday, Jan. 8 at the 19th-annual Bridal Inspirations Wedding Expo in Bellingham.

Bridal Inspirations will be presented from noon to 5 p.m. at the Lakeway Inn & Conference Center, 714 Lakeway Drive.

The Northwest’s largest wedding fashion show, featuring local models in more than 100 dresses, will start at 4 p.m. Dresses for brides, bridesmaids and mothers, all in a variety of sizes from 6 to 26, will be modeled. Tuxedos and suits for men also will be shown.

More than 50 businesses that offer services for weddings and other special events are expected to participate. Exhibitors at Bridal Inspirations include photographers, venues, florists, caterers, hair stylists, spas, event and design coordinators, musicians and disc jockeys.

“The large number of Northwest Washington vendors make the show a huge timesaver for brides,” said show organizer Pam Needham in a press release. Needham is also the owner of Alicia’s Bridal and The Formal House Tuxedos in Bellingham. “We’re a one-stop shopping experience to find who you want to work with. It’s an informal atmosphere for talking with some tremendously creative professionals. Couples that make their plans early can ensure their special day is fun and memorable rather than stressful.”

A portion of the proceeds from Bridal Inspirations will go to Soroptimist International of Bellingham, a nonprofit organization that supports the efforts of women and children through scholarships and service.

The first 50 brides that register and pay online will receive a gift bag full of goodies from local vendors. Brides are encouraged to buy advance tickets to avoid lines at the show’s entrance and qualify for door prizes. Tickets cost $10 if purchased online at www.bridalinspirationsexpo.com or at Alicia’s Bridal, 1400 N. State St., by Saturday, Jan. 7. Admission at the door is available for $15.

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