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Signature Bridal Show is one-stop shop for weddings

Most women dream of the perfect wedding from a young age, and the Weddings With Style Intl. Magazine showed them ways to make it happen this weekend.

The Signature Bridal Show transformed the Bossier Civic Center into the largest gathering of wedding professionals in the area Sunday. This one day event is an opportunity for local couples to meet and book vendors before their business calendars are full.

“Our goal is to make planning your wedding easy,” Lana Rosalee, Publisher/Producer, said. “We want it to be fun, informative and one of the best tools utilized during the planning process.”

The Signature Bridal Show celebrated its 13th year with true style this weekend, bringing together vendors with the knowledge, expertise and desire to find creative ideas and designs for brides in their specific field. Rosalee said the goal is to make planning a wedding as easy and stress free for the bride and groom as possible.

“Attending the bridal show can definitely take some of the stress away,” she said. “We want them to feel confident with their choices, not overwhelmed and stressed.”

The Signature Bridal Show is the place to find the area’s best cakes and reception foods, floral designs, photography and videography, transportation services and salons, offering up-to-date wedding hairstyles and makeup artists.

“We cover it all! Our vendors offer their services to create whatever themed wedding the brides have a vision for,” Rosalee said. “It could be a Vintage type wedding, Retro themed wedding, Elegant Country wedding & reception under large tents, all of the vendors will be there offering their services and help to create what the bride is seeking for her wedding day.”

Rosalee said couples are also breaking tradition when it comes to planning their special day. when brides plan the wedding.

“Grooms are much more involved now than in years past. They show interest in seeing options for their own attire, choosing the music for the reception, tasting cakes and cuisine from caterers,” Rosalee said. “As far as the honeymoon, grooms are very much involved in selecting the perfect destination! These are some of first big decisions that will be made together.”

So what’s the most important detail of a wedding? Of course everyone has their own opinion, but Rosalee said her pick would be hiring a professional photographer.

“There is only one chance to capture your wedding day and it can be so disappointing to brides for their pictures to not turn out as they had hoped,” she said. “Hiring a professional wedding photographer should produce the results and style they will cherish.”

Among first time vendors this year was Olivia Lott, owner of Olivia Lott Photography. Lott said she attended the event last year as a guest and knew she had

“I really wanted to get my name out there and meet new vendors in the area because we all, in reality, work together when it comes to weddings,” Lott said.

Lott, a graduate of Parkway High School, has three years in the local photography market and said 90-percent of her clients are brides. She described her wedding photography style as “very unobtrusive.”

“I don’t like to be in the middle of things and I don’t want to interrupt their day,” Lott said, adding that she isn’t a fan of traditional posed photos. “Pictures are the only thing you have to look back on of that day and they can rekindle the memories that might get lost in the shuffle.”

Lott said it’s important to book any wedding vendor early because calendars often fill years in advance.

“January is prime booking season with all of the proposals over the holiday season and New Years,” she added. “I love what I do. I love photographing love. It’s easy to photograph two people in love.”

Now matter how big or small your wedding day is, the annual Signature Bridal Show has something for everyone.

“It is our commitment to make your wedding day memorable for all the right reasons,” Rosalee said. “We want you to walk away full of ideas, enjoy the experience and have the wedding that’s everything the bride and groom want it to be.”