The Columbus Weddings Boutique Shows give brides the chance to gather information and inspiration throughout the year.

A version of this story first appeared in the Fall/Winter 2018 issue of Columbus Weddings, published in June 2018.

It started with the Columbus Weddings Show, a two-day bridal expo extravaganza each January. In 2016, the Dispatch Consumer Shows group expanded its offerings to include two smaller, one-day Columbus Weddings Boutique Shows. This year, we're expanding again, adding a third Boutique Show to the lineup.

“We saw such great success with the Boutique Shows in 2016 and 2017 that we decided to host a show in every season,” says Kayla Rutherford, marketing manager for Dispatch Consumer Shows. “We've found that brides and grooms really appreciate having those extra opportunities throughout the year to connect with vendors and learn more about the wedding-planning process.”

The first Boutique Show of the year was held April 22 at Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center in Lewis Center. Up next are summer and fall iterations, on Aug. 12, again at Nationwide Hotel, and on Oct. 14 at Bridgewater Banquet & Conference Center in Powell. Like the spring event, the summer and fall shows will run from noon to 4 p.m.

The Boutique Shows offer a more intimate alternative to the hustle and bustle of the January show, but their smaller size doesn't mean fewer resources. All three Boutique Shows feature dozens of vendors spanning virtually every aspect of the planning process, plus opportunities to win major prizes. For instance, the spring show offered giveaway packages from vendors including Henri's Cloud Nine and Worthington Jewelers.

“The Boutique Shows are smaller than our annual show in January, but there's still so much to do,” Rutherford says. “Caterers and bakers bring samples; jewelers have ring options to try on; boutiques hire strolling models to show off the latest styles. Plus, there's a free mimosa—who wouldn't want to spend an afternoon like that?”

In addition, attendees of the summer and fall shows can enter to win VIP Meet & Greet tickets for the 2019 Columbus Weddings Show's celebrity guest, Monte Durham of TLC's Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta.

For tickets and more information, visit cbusweddings.com.