Las Cruces Bridal & Special Events Showcase set for Jan. 31
By Zak Hansen
Las Cruces Bulletin
If you’vegotawedding,aquinceañera, a sweet 16, a retirement party or any other special event on the horizon, the annual Las Cruces Bridal & Special Events Showcase packs everything you might need for your big day under one roof.
Held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, at the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University Ave., the Las Cruces Bridal & Special Events Showcase features dozens of exhibitors on hand, each offering something to make your event memorable to all. Photographers and videographers, party planners, venues, salons and spas, tuxedo rentals dressmakers, travel agents, limousine services, DJ and entertainment services, caterers and restaurants, florists, confectioners, cake makers and more will be available with information, prices and face-to-face meets to start the lengthy process of planning the perfect party.
New this year, one lucky couple will tie the knot during the event. That’s right, the husband-and-wife-to-be winners of the “Tie the Knot with Magic. 104.9 and the Las Cruces Bridal & Special Events Showcase” were selected at random Friday, Jan. 22, and during the showcase, that couple will receive a full-featured wedding complete with floral arrangements, cake, dress and tuxedo, photographer, honeymoon, caterer and rings.
“It’s going to be so exciting to share this special day with an actual bride and groom,” said event organizer Staci Mays of Las Cruces Event Planning. “It’s the perfect way to let our guests experience how professional our local businesses are when it comes to events like this.”
Fiesta Flowers will provide a bouquet and boutonniere, and Simply Devine Salon will do the hair and make up for the bride. The groom will get a haircut from Gent’s Barber Shop, and wear a tuxedo provided by the Men’s Wearhouse. The bride will don a beautiful dress from Renee’s Bridal, and a wedding cake will be courtesy of Let Them Eat Cake. Wedding rings will be donated by the event organizers, and the tables and centerpieces will be furnished by A Catered Affair. Jess Williams has agreed to be the officiant, and Mountain Star Photography will photograph the wedding. The Las Cruces Convention Center will cater the reception with hors d’oeuvres, where III Generation MuZic will be the DJ. The Hilton Garden Inn has provided a complimentary night’s stay at their beautiful facility.
Brides-to-be and quinceañera guests may register at the door for drawings held throughout the day by a few of the showcase’s finest exhibitors, and will receive a special Bridal Bag along with a copy of the Las Cruces Bulletin’s “Perfect Southwest Weddings” guide, indispensable when it comes to planning the big day.
This year, the Las Cruces Bridal & Special Events Showcase has teamed with the Cinderella Prom Dress Project, a volunteer group that collects new and gently used dresses and gowns, offering them to any girl in need in Southwest New Mexico, “ensuring every girl receives the dress of her dreams, so that she may feel more glamorous and confident than ever before.” Guests who bring with them a new or gently used dress will receive free admission to the event, and do their part to make sure every New Mexico girl has a special day of her own. For more information on the Cinderella Prom Dress project, visit www.facebook.com/promdressprojectlc.
Tickets to the Las Cruces Bridal & Special Events Showcase are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. You may purchase tickets online at www.lascrucesbridalshowcase. com/tickets.html, or in person at Renee’s Bridal, 855 Spruce Ave., and Enchanted Occasions Event Rentals, 1333 E. Amador Ave. For more information, visit www.lascrucesbridalshowcase. com or call Las Cruces Event Planning at 522-1232.
Zak Hansen can be reached at email@example.com.