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Expo offers everything for weddings, quinceaneras
Are you planning a wedding or a quinceañera? Then the 2012 Wedding & Quinceañera Expo is a must go-to event. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Yuma Civic Center, 1440 W. Desert Hills Drive.
The expo will feature everything a bride-to-be and soon-to-be quinceañera need in one location: dresses, jewelry, catering, venues, florists, hair and make-up, photographers, DJs, invitations and more.
“You'll find just about everything you can look for when planning a wedding or quinceañera,” Stephanie McMillin, a civic center events specialist, said.
“We're trying to connect local vendors with local shoppers.”
The event will include two fashion shows, sample tastings, prizes and the Man Cave. Man Cave? Yes, one of the expo's most unusual features will be a space designed especially for men.
“We know the expo isn't for everyone. So you can bring Dad or your fiancé and they won't get bored and roll their eyes,” McMillin said.
They will be able to enjoy the Man Cave's big, “manly” leather furniture and game consoles, watch the game on the big-screen television and drink beer.
The shows will showcase the latest trends in wedding and quinceañera fashions.
“We'll also have some designer gowns, such as Vera Wang. And we'll have some really awesome quinceañera dresses,” McMillin noted.
Miss Yuma County Briana Schmidt will participate in the fashion shows.
Attendees will also be able to get a taste of the culinary delights prepared by caterers. “You'll be able to just walk up and down and taste everything,” McMillin said.
Vendors will also offer coupons and samples. “Tons” of prizes will also be given away. One winner will be presented with a diamond tiara. Just about every vendor is offering a prize, from gift certificates to vacation getaways.
“It's a really big event and it's all for local shoppers and local vendors,” McMillin said.
This is the expo's second year. “We're looking forward to it being an annual event,” she said.
The expo sold out last year, and tickets are going at a brisk pace this year. Tickets are $5 at the door; pre-sale tickets are 2 for $5.
“It's buy one, get one free,” McMillin noted.
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