Sunday April 3rd, 2011 marked the first of many new bridal shows to come to the Central Valley. A Formal Affair Bridal Event was hosted by owners Todd and Denette Westbrook of Details Party Rentals at The Links at Riverlakes in Bakersfield, CA. The April 3rd show was the first of two events scheduled for 2011, with another line-up of bridal events already in the works for 2012. I had the privilege of hanging out with many of the vendors on display at A Formal Affair. Being the wife of a wedding photographer, editor of Behind The Ceremony and at one point being a bride myself… I have been to several bridal events over the years and I must say that I really enjoyed the intimate setting and one on one attention every bride was given when speaking to the vendors. Many times brides walk into a large bridal event and are suddenly overwhelmed by dozens of vendors from each category. Often they leave the event with so many business cards and samples that they have a hard time remembering which vendors are which. April’s event was limited to fewer vendors in each category, which allowed brides and their guests a chance to spend more time with each vendor. After talking with many of the brides and vendors during the event, it was clear that this made it possible for brides to spend some real quality time with each vendor. These “mini-consultations” gave brides a chance to ask some of the more important questions on their minds and determine which vendors they would like to set up a follow up appointment with. Let’s face it, when you are trying to plan a wedding while juggling work, school or any other aspects of regular life, it can become very difficult to fit in numerous appointments and consultations. Brides were able to attend A Formal Affair, talk to quality vendors and make strong connections with those vendors that they really loved prior to the follow up consultations. Having that opportunity saved valuable time that many brides may not have, while presenting them with some of the finest vendors in Kern County. We have worked with many of the vendors who participated in A Formal Affair on real weddings and we can personally say that they offer some of the finest products, highest quality of customer service and we have even seen some of them save the day when weather and unforeseen factors threatened to ruin some of the most beautiful weddings we have been to. One of the day’s highlights for me was the Sit N Grin Photobooth, where I enjoyed posing and taking fabulous pictures with friends! The artichoke centerpiece from Flower Bar was simply fantastic… if you haven’t seen it in person, you have to go down to Flower Bar and ask them about it! The amazing desserts from Anamie’s Sweets were to die for, PM Custom Catering had lots of creative new ideas for favors and tasty food, Freestyle Entertainment had every option you could imagine to light your venue and Details Party Rentals had just the right touch for decorating. HDM brought in their arcade game from the office and offered people a chance to win one of their gorgeous highlight videos… all anyone had to do was beat the high score. From the smooth Sinatra-esque sound coming from The Lounge Guy, to the DJ stylings of Kevin Rush, you were sure to find the style that fit your wedding. If you are planning a wedding for later this year or even next year and you missed out on April’s event… don’t worry, there is another event planned for Auguest 28th, 2011. For more information go to the official website www.formalaffairbridalevent.com. A special thank you to all of the amazing vendors at the show, everyone involved with A Formal Affair and to Alivia Daniels for making my hair and make-up look fabulous, so that I could show up to A Formal Affair in style!