Given all the grueling preparations to make, vendors to hire, and venues to book, most wedding planners recommend taking at least a week to plan a wedding. Kill more time with today's Groupon: for $7, you get two tickets to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Fall Bridal Show on Sunday, August 14, from 12:30 p.m.to 5 p.m. at the Statehouse Convention Center (a $20 value).
The Democrat-Gazette Fall Bridal show's vendors put dresses, invitations, and other wedding accoutrements on display for to-be-weds and bridal enthusiasts to view, culminating in a gown-and-tuxedo catwalk strut. Guests peruse floral booths as they consider nuptial decor, learn about renting a horse-drawn carriage to spirit them into wedded bliss, and grill photographers to see whether they know how to operate a camera or just plan to chronicle the wedding in stick-figure drawings. The schedule makes room for musical interludes from the Little Rock String Quartet and the Big John Miller Band. The day culminates in a runway show at 4:30 p.m., with stores from central Arkansas showcasing looks for brides, grooms, and ambitious office employees. Entrants register at the door for the Ultimate Wedding Giveaway held at 5 p.m., when more than $3,500 in prizes from photography to ballroom rental will be gifted to fortunate ticket-holders.