Monday, February 6, 2012

The Bridal Experience

“The Bridal Experience” offers Q&As from wedding industry pros

Tulsa Event Professionals presents “The Bridal Experience,” a full day of informational sessions taught by some of Tulsa’s elite wedding industry vendors. The sessions will contain question and answer panels, how-to tips, and live demonstrations revolving around that special day. Topics like getting the most from your photography, selecting entertainment, choosing a venue, and serving your guests at the reception will help brides-to-be navigate planning their big day. The event will also feature “Date Night” prize drawings from various popular restaurants around town. Vicki Taylor, producer of The Tulsa Wedding Show, will also be on-hand to answer questions on how to get the most out of a wedding show. 

Anyone wishing to attend can sign up online for the sessions they want to attend to reserve their spot.  Reservations are not necessary but they are suggested. “Guests can come, get the information they’re after, and go home. The best part is that this event is entirely free,” says Jesse Reich, owner of Jesse Reich Photography and Tulsa Photobooth.

“Brides have tons of questions that they are afraid to ask. Now they have a place to go to ask those questions,” says Kena Lundy, co-owner of Edge Sight & Sound and Party AllStars.  This unique event serves to educate anyone planning a wedding and will arm any bride and groom, or parents of the bride, with the knowledge to plan a spectacular wedding and spend their money smarter. “Brides and grooms just want information. The more information they have, the better they feel about their investment in their wedding,” says Meghan Hurley, owner of Concepts PR Events & Design.

“The Bridal Experience” will be hosted at IDL Ballroom on Saturday, February 25, 2012 from 1PM-7PM. The event is free to the public, but online registration is strongly encouraged. For more information or to view the event schedule, please visit

Tulsa Event Professionals is an organization that will provide free informational and educational workshops on weddings and events featuring area vendors. TEP strives to keep area brides and event hosts in the know regarding latest trends, fashion, and vendor information. For more information on TEP, please visit

Here is the schedule:
1: 1:00 PM
Picking the right venue with Tom Green
Ceremony and reception venues, separate venues or using the same venue for both, hidden fees, cleanup, staff support for your big day

1:30 PM
Entertainment - know what to look for with Randy Lundy
Ipod, Band, or DJ: What’s Best For My Reception?
All Wedding DJs Are Not Created Equal: The Top Questions to Ask Them

2:00 PM
Posing for the Camera with Jesse Reich
Selecting your dress, makeup for photos and wedding day makeup, posing for photos – all these things make a difference in your wedding photos

2:30 PM
How to Eliminate Day-Of Stress by organizing your reception with Kena Lundy
How to Create and Manage the Flow of Your Reception

3:00 PM
Wedding Planning 101 Part 1 with Meghan Hurley
Creating your timeline and getting it all done: selecting and sending out invitations, selecting your cake, selecting your colors so everything works together from the invites to the bridesmaids dresses to table decor

3:30 PM
How to be successful at a Wedding Show with Vicki Taylor

4:00 PM
Serving your Guests: Alcohol & Beverages 101 with Angie Green
Providing wine and beer vs. providing a full bar at the reception, setting up your own bar vs. being at a venue with a bar/staff in place, the benefits of a cash bar, your liabilities serving alcohol, and staying within your budget when it comes to throwing a great reception

4:30 PM
Event Design - know what to look for with Randy & Kena Lundy and Meghan Hurley
Uplighting, videos, Décor, colors, themes – where to spend your money that makes an impact

5:00 PM
How to get the most out of your wedding photography with Jesse Reich
The shot sheet, photobooths at the reception, engagement photos, boudoir photos, pre-wedding photos with the dress, candid reception photography, posed wedding group photos, the best time to take those group photos and planning ahead,

5:30 PM
How to Eliminate Day-Of Stress with professional wedding planning with Kena Lundy and Meghan Hurley
Entertainment Director and Event Planner: What is the Difference and How Do They Benefit Me?

6:00 PM
Wedding Planning 101 Part 2 with Meghan Hurley
The things you haven’t thought about that require a little work: rentals and linens, flowers, catering, decorating for ceremony and reception, setting up and cleaning up, after the wedding is over

6:30 PM
Q & A Panel with Panel