By Laura Anderson Shaw, firstname.lastname@example.org – Oct 22, 2016
You have stacks of bridal magazines filled with neon-colored sticky notes, a Pinterest wedding board packed with pins, and multiple never-ending to-do lists, reminding you to choose cake flavors, bridesmaids’ dresses, centerpieces, shoes, tuxedos and flowers. And you’ll need a DJ, a photographer, a caterer, a venue — and the lists go on and on.
But where in the world do you start? How will you transform a stack of paper and a bulletin board living in your smartphone into the wedding of your dreams without turning into Bridezilla in the process?
The third annual Enchant Me, The QC Wedding Event, has your back. It will take place from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, at the University Club QC, 1518 5th Ave., Moline. Tickets are $7 in advance, and they are available at QCOnline.com/enchantme and at the customer service counter at The Dispatch/Argus, 1720 5th Ave., Moline.
Enchant Me — presented by The Dispatch/Argus/QCOnline, University Club QC and Taylor-DeBord Catering — will offer more than you might expect from a typical bridal show. It will feature a fun, girls’-night-out atmosphere, and attendees will be pampered while they visit with representatives of area wedding businesses and learn about what each has to offer.
“By design, there’s something for everyone planning their special day,” said Valerie Yazbec, chief revenue officer for the Moline Dispatch Publishing Co. “The size of this wedding event allows for casual conversation with the vendors and is a great opportunity to learn from their experience.”
Participating vendors include:
— University Club QC
— Taylor-DeBord Catering
— Anytime DJ
— Goal Weight Clinic
— Hauberg Center
— Hy-Vee Floral, Silvis
— Johannes Bus Service
— Lamps Florist
— Main Event Catering
— Mary Kay, Angelique Saddoris
— Olde Towne Bakery
— Profile by Sanford
— QC Wedding Rentals
— Radisson on John Deere Commons
— RE/MAX River Cities, LaTisha Howlett
— Skeffington’s Formal Wear
— Stoney Creek Hotel
Ms. Yazbec said she is very pleased with the variety of vendors that will be on hand.
“I think the success of the event is largely due to the intimacy and elegance of the venue,” she said. “Enchant Me offers attendees the opportunity to enjoy luxurious Old World ambiance while learning about fun, trendsetting ideas for weddings.”
Attendees will be served complimentary hors d’oeuvres and sparkling wine while they enjoy food and wedding cake samples, along with an up-close look at wedding attire and favors, Ms. Yazbec said. Brides-to-be and their friends and family members can feel fabrics and linens, and see table arrangements, flowers, centerpieces and other decor.
Katie Otten, manager at Lagomarcino’s in Moline, said the company will showcase a small sampling of the various favor boxes it carries, as well as some of its chocolates.
“We’re handing out samples of chocolates as well,” she said.
Ms. Otten said Lagomarcino’s offers favor boxes in a number of colors so brides and grooms may choose whatever matches their colors or theme. The boxes hold one, two or four pieces of candy.
Ms. Otten said the folks at Lagomarcino’s enjoy Enchant Me and what it does for area brides and grooms and their families. “It’s a little more elegant. We just like … the presence of it,” she said.
It’s a smaller show, she said, which makes it easier for attendees to talk with vendors. Plus, a number of the vendors who will be in attendance are from the downtown Moline area.
It shows attendees that “downtown Moline has stuff to offer for weddings,” she said.
Lisa Bragg, retail store manager at Skeffington’s Formal Wear in Davenport, said Skeffington’s plans to show attendees tuxes in navy and various grays, as well as an “upcoming new one that is available for next year, which is a burgundy.”
Ms. Yazbec promised that people who attend the show will not be disappointed.
“Our wedding specialists participating in this event are truly the best the Quad-Cities has to offer,” she said.
For more information about Enchant Me, The QC Wedding Event, visit QCOnline.com/enchantme.