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San Diego's Bridal Bazaar Helps Brides Navigate Wedding Trends

July 31 event features flowers, cake and everything in between

Throughout the Bridal Bazaar, there will be nine fashion shows held.
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Two things can always be depended on happening every summer: vacations and weddings. While both take planning, the San Diego Bridal Bazaar has become a dependable source in making wedding planning effortless.

The Bridal Bazaar has been voted “San Diego’s Best Bridal Show” by Bridal Insider. And the July 31 show, held 10 a.m.-4 p.m., with 200 vendors and more than 3,000 people expected to attend, is the largest show of its kind.

One popular element of the Bazaar is its fashion show in which seven vendors are participating. The show features nine different scenes with 13-14 dresses showcased in each. The runway includes a wide variety of dress designs and cuts. They use models of different shapes and sizes so brides can see how the dresses will move and flow on their own bodies.

The Bazaar will also have Photo, Floral and Cake Galleries that offer guests plenty of ideas for planning their wedding—such as color schemes and types of flowers to use in bouquets.

Fifteen percent of the total booths at the show will be photography. Photojournalism (or candid photography) at weddings is becoming a growing trend and guests can view portfolios and meet with photographers. Along with photographers, there will also be a number of photo booth companies present at the Bazaar, offering a range of options from classic “old-timey” booths to elegant ones to green screen backgrounds.

In conjunction with the trend in candid photography, weddings are becoming more personalized. "Couples want their wedding to stand out in people’s memories as being special and unique to them," says Betsy Winsett, who owns the Bridal Bazaar company along with Patty Westbrook. Plus, she says, due to the economy, many couple have had to put off their wedding, which gives them more time to really think about the different ways to make it personal. The good news is that vendors are welcoming the personalizing trend. Winsett says, "Vendors welcome the opportunity to do things differently and embrace the couple’s ideas and build on it."

One way couples are personalizing their weddings is with dessert bars and candy buffets featuring their favorites sweets. From cupcakes and cake pops to candy and chocolates, vendors will be on hand to help brides satisfy their sweet tooth. Bakeries from all over San Diego will come together in the Cake Gallery to give brides (and grooms!) taste testing sessions -- making the bazaar a one-stop-shop for cakes.

Tickets are $12 at the door of the event. Guests may also buy tickets online for $9 at bridalbazaar.com, or print a $2 coupon toward a ticket purchase at the door. Any bride that buys a ticket to show and fills out a registration will receive a one-year subscription to Brides Magazine.