Fashion Friday: The 2014 bridal show season kicks off with fun, freebies and high style

SHARONVILLE, Oh. - 'Tis the season--for bridal shows. The Cincinnati Wedding Showcase at the Sharonville Convention Center is a big one, and it takes place Jan. 11 - 12.

For the 10th year in a row, the newly engaged (and their friends, relatives and future in-laws) can find photographers, bridal designers, florists, culinary specialists, rental services and more are all under one roof.

Sponsored by Kotsovos Bridal, Furs & Fine Apparel and Folchi's Formal Wear and Fine Men's Apparel, dresses for women and classic menswear will be center stage. The upbeat fashion shows include live music, dancing and the hottest trends for 2014 and 2015.

"Everyone just really gets into the fashion shows" said Nancy Folchi, a coordinator for Cincinnati Wedding Showcase

Trending: Pops of color

"The trends in color have seem to become much brighter over the years" said Jack Green, owner of {Say I Do} Weddings & Events. "Black and purple, hot pink and navy and pops of orange are all the rage when it comes to color schemes."

"When looking for what's trendy this year for the brides, sashes remain a nice focal point for the dress and we're seeing a lot of blush colors and ice blues implemented into the design of the dress," said Martha Gardin of Something New, Borrowed & Blue.

The Cincinnati Wedding Showcase will also allow you to book a band or perhaps a string quartet.  Sit in some of the area's best limousines, meet representatives from potential venues and even find some inspiration for your honeymoon destination.

Specials and prizes galore

A major bridal show like Cincinnati Wedding Showcase offers a bonanza of deals and freebies for attendees: special pricing, prizes, tastings, and complimentary magazines are among the benefits of being there.

Local photographer Brenda Pottinger,  a previous Cincinnati Wedding show vendor, has tips for those attending. 

"Bring address labels with your information for prize forms as there are many prizes that are given away at the showcase. Also, make sure to wear comfy shoes and stash a water bottle in your purse to to wash down some of the many yummy cake samples and treats for the dessert bars."

If you go:

Save the date! Upcoming bridal shows:

Receptions Annual Bridal Showcase, Fairfield: Jan. 26
Bridalrama: Feb.15-16
The Newport Aquarium Bridal Show: Feb. 20

MORE: Calendar of local bridal events

Connect with WCPO contributor Megan Fenno on Twitter @FENNOFashion and check out her website, FENNOFashion.com. Look for her column each Friday!

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