A New Years Gift of Visuelle Productions Bridal Shows

A New Years Gift of Visuelle Productions Bridal Shows.

This pretty much says it all…Happy New Year!!!!


It Really is “All About the Dress”

Little kids really amaze me.  Last week I was asked to do a Career Day Event for one of our area elementary schools.  Of course I said yes, because everyone knows that I can’t say no!  After putting the phone down panic started to set in.  How could I tell kindergarteners through 4th grade about my business so they wouldn’t stare at me with a blank face?  Planning process begins:  Girls like dress-up and boys like football.  So after a deep breath and a little more thought everything started to fall in place.   This is perfect, after all we do Bridal Expos and Fashion Shows and Bonus!  We do them at Lambeau Stadium.   Everyone knows that brides start thinking about their wedding from little girl on.  So let’s play off from that.  Of courses being a good planner and always trying to avoid a situation.  I quickly ordered some trinkets to hand out, just in case we were a bust!  For an extra touch there was an example of our gift bags full of goodies that we can give to the teachers and staff.

The day of the presentation came quickly and we scurried to get things together and get to the school.  Fifteen minutes until count down.  We carried our things in and proceeded to get our model dressed in a white wedding gown and veil.  While walking back to the room there were lots of surprised looks, not only from the kids but also the staff.  We were set to go with a bride model, a Welcome to Visuelle Productions Bridal Show sign, 2 computers and a bucket load of trinkets for the students.   Now ready, we anxiously awaited the buzzer and the first group of students.   Everything was in its place, a bride, an extra bridal gown, bridesmaid and mini bride/flower girl gowns, and the computers set to go when needed.  It was perfect!  Here we go…with the first group.

Let’s get started with talking about a Bridal Expo’s.  Where do I go with this so they will understand? Lots of blank faces from the boys and all the girls were whispering about the dresses.  And then came the surprise!  Once we started talking about numbers and how we use a room bigger than their gymnasium and divided it into areas to set up stores with bridal things in them.  They got it!  They even took paper and divided it out to see how many booths we could fit in. Then it was time to talk about fashion shows.  Of course all of the little girls were sitting on the edge of their seat by this time.  The boys it was another story.  One little boy’s hand went up and he announced that he did some modeling.  I heard a lot of snickering from the boys and comments about boys don’t model girls do.  By pointing out the models in our banner I tried to put that opportunity to rest, but of course there still were a few snickers.  Now to get the boys attention we switched to the Green Bay Packers and their faces lit up immediately.  Thank goodness for the video from Wisconsin Wedding Spectacular shows on the two computers from a show that we do at Lambeau Field.  Bonus!  It also included boys modeling!  Wow really avoided that one; there were no more snickers just lots of ahs!  The video starting out with Vince Lombardi on the screen a real hit and the boys were occupied at the computers.

This was a perfect chance to give our attention to the girls.  We talked about wedding dresses and miniature brides and flower girls and showed more dresses.  At that point we had stories about every little girl that was in a wedding, who was going to be in a wedding and who wanted to be in a wedding.  I am sure you get the drift of the conversation.  At his point we asked the best question of the day. “Who would like to learn how to walk and turn like a model?”  Of course all the girls’ hands went up.  Even a few boys joined in.  The girls were having a great time walking and talking with the model.  But mostly touching and feeling of the dress and veil.

What a wonderful experience to get the chance to share with all of these wonderful boys and girls.  The time flew by and it was time to leave, lots of hugs and high fives for our model and I heard them exclaim as they flew down the hall.  “I love the model and the dress!”  So I guess one more time it really is all about the dress! 

Thank you for coming to Career Day

Thank you for coming to Career Day. Can I touch the Dress?

Career Day

Tuxedo Rentals

In my last post I talked about tuxedos but I don’t think I gave that topic or grooms enough time!   I decided to go right to the source…  I spoke with Lu Ann Vander Zanden of Bridal Elegance and Formal Wear, here is what she had to tell me………..

Tuxedo prices are ranging from $59.99 to $132.99 without shoes! Groom’s tuxedo is free with 5 paid rentals (6th is free) and everyone else gets $10 off their tux. Our vest programs are the largest in the Valley – 25 new styles were selected with one company alone.
Currently the most popular color of a tuxedo is black, however, other colors such as whitek, ivory, tan, midnight blue, brown and grey appear in our line.  Most of our tuxedo’s are of either a Super 100’s grade of wool (very soft and supple) or a Worsted Wool (more common, but also high in quality).  Polyester (light-weight and breathable) is another fabric used, and you’ll find it used in the tailoring of white and ivory tuxedos.
The lapel styling (collar) on the tuxedo coat can vary.  The three most basic lapel styles are:  Notch, Peak and, Shawl.  Keep in mind that there are also atpical lapels which do not fall into these catagories, but they definitely add character to the look of the coat.  By atypical, I mean diamond shaped, layered, stain-edged, etc.
Another difference in tuxedo styles are the coat lengths.  The standard tux jacket is approximately 31 1/2 inches from collar to tail.  However, some styles vary from this standard depending on current fashion trends.
The number of buttons on the tuxedo coat varies as well.  More traditional tuxedos have one or two buttons, but we also feature three and four button styles in our lines.  Keep in mind that the higher the button stance or greater amount of buttons, the less you’ll see the accessories underneath (Vest).
Accessories vary between tuxedos and suits.  Formal shirts may or may not have pleats on the front of the shirt, and they will never offer a front pocket like a suit shirt will.  Vests, cummerbunds, bow ties, and pocket squares, which are worn with tuxedos are generally made of satin.  Many of these items should not be worn with a suit.

Lastly are the shoes, Formal shoes made of patent leather are the shoes of choice with a tuxedo.   Shoes made with a more subtle, matte finish should be worn with a suit.

I hope this helps in your quest for the perfect tuxedo!!!

Wisconsin Wedding Spectacular

Wisconsin Wedding Spectacular.

Exciting things were happening among the snow flakes at Lambeau Atrium.  Life size models lined the back of the stage at the  Wisconsin Wedding Spectacular Fashion Show.  Featuring Bridal Elegance, Belles of Elegance, Erica of Neenah, Sash and Bow, Tie the Knot, Chic Repeats, Private Quarters, Lady Savannah and DuBois Formalwear.  A beautiful stage and a great crew of models pulled together a fashion show without seven of the models that were stranded by the storm.   A fabulous dance routine was performed by TC Dance.  Live vocals by Tim Dorsey and Erin Vorgass added to the show.

Even though the heavens opened and we had a winter wonderland outside things were hopping inside Lambeau Atrium.  100 vendors were setup and ready to go for the show.   Even with the storm over 200 brides  weathered the blizzard.  Even though the attendance was about a quarter of the normal amount for this show vendors boasted success.  Hats off to the brides that came!!  Eleven inches of snow leaves a  big drift in the end of a driveway when the snow plow goes through.

My heart truly goes out to our previous …

My heart truly goes out to our previous wedding winners, Jess & Doug.  There are things in life that we have no control over, it is how you deal with what you are given that really makes a difference.  That leads me to this introduction:   I would like you to meet Holly & Rob!  A bride and groom that so graciously took one of those things that life just hands you and is making the most of it.  Holly is stepping into Jess’ shoes.  She was given this wedding package at literally the 11th hour.  She had only 3 weeks to plan her dream wedding ! So hats off to Holly & to these fabulous vendors that stood behind this rushed bride.  Tundra Lodge has changed the color scheme from purple to red & black without batting an eyelash, Bridal Elegance provided yet another beautiful gown, Marshall Florist has changed the color scheme to match Holly’s and is providing all of the flowers.  Abracadabra is doing the hair styles and the make-up, Advanced Entertainment is providing the DJ services for the evening, Amazing events is  going to set up a deslish chocolate fountain, Tamar’s is giving a beautiful cake, DuBois is making the men look dashing in their tuxedos, Kyrstal Kleer is setting up an ice sculpture of a bride and groom, Lifetime is the videographer capturing the days events, Photo NV is providing the photo booth for those funny memories, Picture This Photography will be chronicling the event from start to finish, Prestige Limousine will get the couple to and fro, and Wedding Perfect is making sure the decorations are stupendous!  Thank you again to all those that have helped Holly take lemons and make lemonade.

Bridal Show Success

Let’s face it when going shopping and that’s what the brides are doing.  We look at the mannequins, window displays, racks with things hanging and things that are at eye level.  In general anything that is flat on a table doesn’t get touched.  If you don’t touch it and feel it you probably will not own it.  Come on girls admit it ..its all about how if feels and smells.  Think of a store when you plan your booth space.  Things on a level plane will  likely be missed (especially when you have a group of brides surrounding your table and they can’t get to the front of it to see what’s on it).  Try high cocktail table if you need to display postcards, business cards and other materials, and even then card holders will bring more attention than resting flat.   Or if you are putting it on the 8ft table, put risers, stands, anything to lift the material up closer to eye-level for the brides. The brides in the back will notice it as well.  Well that’s the tips for today…more tomorrow.

Bridal Show Signs

I attended a local bridal show yesterday.  They had a many vendors and many brides.  But as I walked through the show at least half of the vendors you couldn’t tell what they did or who they were.  A booth space with no sign is like having a store with out a sign.  Many of them had things out on the table, but  brides were stopping, they just walked right by.  Signs are not very expensive anymore.  You can order them on line or there are many local stores that will even help you with the imaging.   Bottom line don’t waste you money on doing a show if you don’t have a sign…

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