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Booth Spotlight: Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Bonita Springs

We're so excited that Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Bonita Springs with be with us once again at the Bridal Blast.  BRIDES: Have you registered yet?  There's still time!  Register HERE!

The Pros at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Bonita Springs share their "Secrets for Perfecting the First Dance":

As couples look for new ways to share the joy of their wedding day, local dance pros provide tips for creating unforgettable moments on the dance floor.

“There are a lot of important details to cover when it comes to dancing at a reception,” Fred Astaire Dance Studio owner Yuriy Datsyk said. “Choosing the right DJ or band is just the beginning. With proper preparation, couples will learn something timeless and romantic that they can perform at their wedding, their 50th anniversary and countless events in between.” The pros at Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Bonita Springs tell you how to plan for the wedding dance.

Secrets to Dancing like the Stars

Budget.   Put that gym membership on hold and invest in lessons. Like any aspect of a wedding, you can spend a little or a lot.  The important thing, is setting a budget so your Fred Astaire instructor can plan well, making the most of the dollars you spend.

Build In Lead Time.   A well-choreographed first dance can boost couple confidence and leave a beautiful, lasting impression. Most couples need only two to three months of instruction and practice to know their dance so well they can enjoy the experience of just doing it.

Choose Your Song and Dance Style.  Fred Astaire Dance Studio pros say most couples pick out their song right away, but they have no idea how to dance to it. Instructors can craft a dance that works with the song, or suggest a song to match the dance.

DJ or Band. Your dance instructors can work with either one on making a version of your song easier to dance to.  Then you practice the dance just as the song will be played.

Dress for Success.  The couple will have a chance to get used to the type of shoes and dress they will be wearing for the dance and learn ways to avoid blisters and tripping hazards.

Work Your Venue.   Instructors will tailor your dance and all your special moves around the layout of the room, its space, and proximity to the guests.

Play Director.  Your photographer or videographer will know where to stand, and when to get the perfect shots once you can perform a dress rehearsal of your dance.

Include Everyone.  Planning a mother-son and father-daughter dance? Fred Astaire Dance studio can help your parents too.  And what about the bridal party? What a wedding favor lessons for them would be!

About Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Bonita Springs

Yuriy and Alexandra Datsyk retired from a decorated career as professional ballroom dancers in 1997, ready to take their professional relationship to the next step as instructors and eventual business owners. They came to America to work as dance teachers in 1999, then opened their first Fred Astaire Dance Studio in midtown Manhattan in 2003. After 11 successful years, they sold their New York studio and moved to Bonita Springs, where they opened the city’s first Fred Astaire Dance Studio in 2015 along with new partner and former professional dancer, Pavlo Bilych.

 

 

Booth Spotlight: Complete Weddings + Events 

We are excited to have Complete Weddings + Events  joining us once again at the Bridal Blast on February 18 at Germain Arena!  BRIDES: Make sure you are registered - REGISTER HERE!

About Complete Weddings + Events:

Complete Weddings + Events of Southwest Florida, is your leading provider of wedding photography, videography, lighting, DJ services and photo booth rental. Whatever you need to set the stage for a phenomenal special event, we have you covered. Complete Music Video Photo has gathered the most talented SW Florida wedding photographers, videographers, and SW Florida’s DJs.  

This is your time. This is what you do. Creating and capturing this moment with photos, videos and music — that’s what we do.  

We stay ahead of the tech curve, and we train our staff to uphold the highest standards of professionalism and quality work at an affordable price.

When you want expert photos, high-definition video and a gorgeous soundtrack, you need professionals who are passionate about creating things that last.

Serving Fort Myers, Sarasota, Bradenton, Naples, Cape Coral, & all of SW Florida.

Expert photos, high-quality video, timeless music and unforgettable events at an affordable price: We Do.

Be sure to stop by their booth at the Bridal Blast on Sunday, February 18.

Booth Spotlight: Bayshore Ranch

We're so excited that Bayshore Ranch will be joining us for the Bridal Blast on Sunday, February 18 at Germain Arena!  BRIDES: Have you registered?  REGISTER HERE!

Bayshore Ranch offers a unique, rustic venue with a number of different spaces for your event.  The Oak Porch is a beautiful 2,500 sqft Florida style building with 800 sqft of air-conditioned space, bathrooms and a wet bar. This space is ideal for your cocktail hour or even for smaller weddings.  The Oak Barn is an amazing 5,000 sqft open air pole barn with a large lawn ideal for weddings or events. The Oak House is a 2,000 sqft 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home which is being remodeled with a rustic chic style. This home will be available for brides to get ready in and spend the night after the wedding. The home will be available for 2019 weddings.  

Be sure to stop by Bayshore Ranch's booth at the Bridal Blast and learn more about this amazing wedding venue!

Booth Spotlight: Terry & Laurie Carlson Team

Tomorrow is the big day!  And we're so happy that Terry and Laurie Carlson Team from Century 21 will be joining us.  BRIDES: Make sure you have registered for our amazing grand prizes HERE!

About the Terry and Laurie Carlson Team: 

Together, we have over 30 yrs. of experience in the real estate industry, collectively, and customer relationships are at the heart of what we do.

We strive to make the purchase and/or sale of your home and all of the associated activities free of stress, easy to understand, and at times, even fun. We believe in doing business with uncompromising standards of integrity, honesty and service and handle every transaction as if it were our own. Because of our integrity and dedication, clients return with new business and feel confident when referring their friends and associates to us. 

Our goal is to exceed your expectations and provide you with exceptional service throughout our relationship and create customers for life.

Learn more on their website and be sure to stop by their booth at the Bridal Blast!

 Start looking at home now at:  terryandlaurie.com

Start looking at home now at: terryandlaurie.com

Booth Spotlight: Men's Wearhouse

We're so excited to have Men's Wearhouse featured in our fashion show at the Bridal Blast this Sunday, August 20.  BRIDES: Have you registered yet for all our amazing prizes?  Be sure to do so HERE!

About Men's Wearhouse: 

From backyard BBQs to the big day, we’ve helped guys feel confident in any situation for over 40 years.  Whether you rent online, call or visit one of our 700+ stores, our experienced Style Consultants will be there with seriously great advice.  You'll look and feel your best knowing your tux or suit has been expertly crafted—and that our Fit Experts are checking every detail. We’re the men's style authority, with top designer looks and tons of options for mixing and matching colors and accessories.

Be sure to stop by the Men's Wearhouse booth this weekend at the Bridal Blast and see all they have to offer!

Booth Spotlight: The Tuxxman

We are so happy that The Tuxxman will be joining us once again at the Bridal Blast this Sunday, August 20 at Germain Arena.  BRIDES: Have you registered yet?  There are some amazing prizes!!  REGISTER HERE

 

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About The Tuxxman:

The TUXXMAN...SWFL's newest tuxedo rental and men's formalwear store. Whether you need to rent tuxedos for yourself and groomsmen for your upcoming wedding, or you just want to add a new silk tie to your neckwear collection, stop by The TUXXMAN today and check out our extensive line of premier formal wear and accessories! Tuxedos, Slim Fit Suits, Vests, Ties, Cufflinks, and More!

Be sure to stop by the Tuxxman booth at The Bridal Blast and see what they have to offer.

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Booth Spotlight: Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Bonita Springs

Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Bonita Springs is joining us at the Bridal Blast Sunday, August 20.  BRIDES: Have you registered for our amazing grand prizes?  Register HERE!

The Pros at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Bonita Springs share their "Secrets for Perfecting the First Dance":

As couples look for new ways to impress their guests on their wedding day, local dance pros share their top tips for creating unforgettable moments

With wedding budgets reaching an average of $32,641*, couples are getting more bang for their buck with wedding dances that impress their guests and put the pros to shame. While favors are forgettable and wedding cake is gone in the blink of an eye, a professionally polished wedding dance leaves an impression that a pricey floral arrangement just can’t match.

“There are a lot of important details to cover when it comes to dancing at a reception,” Fred Astaire Dance Studio owner Yuriy Datsyk said. “Choosing the right DJ or band is just the beginning. With proper preparation, couples will learn something timeless and romantic that they can perform at their wedding, their 50th anniversary and countless events in between.”

Secrets to Dancing like the Stars

As spring preparation turns into summer wedding ceremonies, the pros at Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Bonita Springs created this list of critical questions couples must consider when planning for their wedding dance.

1)      What’s the wedding date? Most couples need two to three months of instruction and practice so they know the dance automatically without thinking about it.

2)      What is your budget? Wedding dance lessons can cost as little as the average wedding cake to as much as the flowers and decorations, so having an idea of how much money you’re prepared to spend will help your instructor plan well.

3)      What dress will the bride wear? Is there a long train? What about shoes and high heels?  The couple should practice dancing in wedding clothes so they learn to avoid tripping hazards.

4)      DJ or band? With a DJ, the instructors can make a special cut of the music that makes it easier for a dance.  Bands are trickier because performers often play their own song renditions. Couples should practice dancing with the band so they know their dance matches the band’s version of the song.

5)      What kind of dance? Fred Astaire Dance Studio pros say most couples pick out their song right away, but they have no idea how to dance to it. Instructors can help craft a dance that works with the song. Or if the couple has a dance style in mind, they can help pick a song to match the dance.

6)      Who will be dancing? Wedding dance lessons aren’t just for the bride and groom anymore. Will there be a mother-son performance? Father-daughter? What about the wedding party?

7)      How many guests, and how big is the dance floor? Instructors can map out dance moves so the couple faces the main audience most of the time. They’ll plan a dance around the layout of the room, the space and the location of the guests.

8)      Photographer or videographer? Once couples know the dance, they need to meet with photographers and videographers so these pros know where to stand for the perfect shot.

9)      Announcement of the bride and groom? Fred Astaire dance pros recommend couples dance when they first arrive so their guests can enjoy the dance and then move onto food and conversation. Otherwise, guests are caught off guard in the middle of their meal.

10)  How long is the dance? Dance pros say the wedding dance song should be no longer than two minutes to reduce the stress on the couple. Plus, after two minutes, guests can get antsy and bored.

(*According to The Knot’s 2015 Real Wedding Survey)

About Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Bonita Springs

Yuriy and Alexsandra Datsyk retired from a decorated career as professional ballroom dancers in 1997, ready to take their professional relationship to the next step as instructors and eventual business owners. They came to America to work as dance teachers in 1999, then opened their first Fred Astaire Dance Studio in midtown Manhattan in 2003. After 11 successful years, they sold their New York studio and moved to Bonita Springs, where they opened the city’s first Fred Astaire Dance Studio in 2003 along with new partner and former professional dancer, Pavlo Bilych.

Sponsor Spotlight: Betty Maclean Travel, Inc. -- plus an amazing prize revealed!!

We are so excited that Betty Maclean Travel, Inc. is joining us as a sponsor for the August 20 Bridal Blast at Germain Arena -- AND they are supplying an amazing prize!!  Learn more below.  BRIDES: Have you registered yet?  Make sure you do so HERE!

Betty Maclean Travel, Inchas arranged for a 4 Day 3 Night Resort stay in a Junior Suite at the Luxurious Grace Bay Club in the Turks and Caicos with Breakfast, Dinner, Personal Concierge, and more!

WOW is all we can say!!  Take a look at a few of the photos below of the resort -- it will blow you away!

To Learn more about Grace Bay Club or other honeymoon options, contact Carol Peters, Luxury Travel Advisor at Betty Maclean Travel, Inc..  

What’s your next adventureCall me today for inspiration!”

Carol Peters, Betty Maclean Travel, Inc. - Member of Virtuoso, 
Specialists in the Art of Travel
2245 Venetian Ct. · Naples, FL 34109-8730
Phone: 239-513-0333 or 800-865-8111
www.BettyMacleanTravel.com · Carolp@BettyMacleanTravel.com

 

Booth Spotlight: Black Tie Tuxedos

Black Tie Tuxedos will be joining us again at the Bridal Blast on August 20 at Germain Arena.  BRIDES: have you registered yet for our show grand prizes?  Be sure to register HERE!

About Black Tie Tuxedos:

 is locally owned and operated and has been making grooms look great for more than 35 years!  We not only have the experience, but the largest selection that allows us to customize the perfect look for any style wedding party.  Our continued customer satisfaction is evident through our high ratings and testimonials on many wedding sites.  Please stop by and see us to find out how we can provide you the best value, best experience and the best selection! 

Why Black Tie Tuxedos?

  • We are an experienced locally owned & operated tuxedo shop.
  • We have over 5000 tuxedos on premises.
  • No Catalog Shopping - Come in and try on a variety of styles and colors to see what suits you.
  • On-site Alterations
  • Last minute orders welcome
  • We match and coordinate with ALL dress colors
  • We rent and sell suits for wedding rehearsal dinners, honeymoons, cruises, semi-formal events, charity events, and business meetings. 

Planning a Wedding?

  • Best Selection:
    • We carry or can get anything our competition carries plus exclusive styles only available to Black Tie Tuxedos.
  • Best Fit: 
    • Expert seamstress in store at all times - alterations as you wait.
    • Huge inventory at the store for quick changes, or extra last minute tuxedos.
    • We carry everything from European Slim Fit Tuxedos to Big and Tall Sizing.
  • Best Pricing:
    • Rentals start at $49.95 for everything!
    • We beat all competitors prices, for exactly the same items. We guarantee we will compare and match ANY package offered.
    • We do not charge extra for extras.
    • We do not charge extra for extra days.
    • We do not charge damage deposits, rush fees, late fees, and other hidden upcharges.
  • Best Service:
    • Locally owned and operated.
    • 24/7 Emergency line available to all current and future customers.
    • 20 years of service to the Fort Myers, FL community.
    • Check out our online reviews and ask your other wedding vendors about our reputation.