Like presidential inaugurations, marriages involve a solemn pledge and a lavish after-party to celebrate the fact that you'll be making six figures for at least four years. Prepare yourself for a financially secure future with today's Groupon: for $20, you get admission for two with one complimentary gift bag to The Wedding Salon bridal show at the W Hotel – City Center on Monday, October 3, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. (a $50 value).
The Wedding Salon acquaints brides- and hubbies-to-be with the latest in matrimonial must-haves, earning positive ink from New York Times. Admission lets vow exchangers connect with industry experts from Saks Fifth Avenue, featuring Laura Mercier, Giorgio Armani, and more, and expand nuptial horizons with cake tastings and beauty consultations. Instead of walking down the aisle in matching pickle barrels, couples can consider custom bling from designers such as Donna Jewelry Co. and couture gowns by Jenny Yoo and other dressmakers. Vendors such as Avant Gardenia, Wildflour Bakery & Cafe, and St. Regis Bora Bora share ideas for travel and dining and designing, helping visitors plan a memorable reception and honeymoon in record time. Armed with portfolios of portraits, photographers compete for the chance to capture nuptials on film, and venue reps can equip guests with the gazebo or bowling alley of their dreams. Wedding specialists from The Knot stand ready to answer etiquette questions such as “When should I send out invitations?” and “Can my cat officiate the ceremony?”
Grouponites also score one of The Wedding Salon's coveted gift bags. Though bags’ contents may vary, they often include popular bridal magazines and products from high-end companies such as Smashbox, Philosophy, and Murad. Wrangle up the wedding party for second and third opinions, and enjoy a special day of preparing for the ultimate special day.
Where can future brides and grooms sample a piece of Sylvia Weinstock cake, admire the latest Vera Wang couture wedding gown, and get Bobbi Brown beauty tips, all under one roof? At venues from Los Angeles to New York, where Wedding Salon founder, Tatiana Byron, has organized a one-day luxury wedding showcase boasting some of the top vendors in the industry, introducing big-day ideas from top area vendors such as The Registry at Bloomingdale's, AMResorts, Lancome at Bergdorf Goodman, The Container Store, Magnolia Photo Booth, and celebrity wedding experts. Each event is designed to make attendees feel like guests at a sophisticated wedding, only the fellow partygoers might be celebrity wedding planners David Tutera or Colin Cowie, or dessert connoisseurs from Carlo’s Bakery —the bakery behind TLC’s Cake Boss.
Byron has been cultivating her all-star connections for more than a decade. After working at Turner Broadcasting System and directing sales, marketing, and production for a trade-show company, she created her own planning company, 4pm Events. Byron began coordinating parties for famous faces including Joan Rivers, Mary J. Blige, and Lionel Richie—no easy task, given the limited number of vendors willing to build dance floors on the ceiling. Byron went on to create Wedding Salon expos to give future brides a taste of celebrity-caliber elegance. She also offers educational wedding boot camps that help duos avoid hidden costs and learn tips for planning their special day. Byron's services have been highlighted in numerous media, including features in the New York Times, the New York Post, and Fortune Small Business.