News, updates and vendor profiles for Bridal Blast, Southwest Florida's largest bridal show.

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!

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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 ·


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.



Booth Spotlight: Verandah Club

We are so excited that the Verandah Club will be joining us at the Bridal Blast.  BRIDES: have you registered for the grand prize yet -- a cruise getaway?  Be sure to register HERE!

About the Verandah Club:

Weddings at Verandah

We understand that an extraordinary event doesn’t simply happen, it is planned. First impressions are always essential and our professional and experienced staff will help make your event memorable, beautiful and stress-free.

The Food and Beverage Department at Verandah is dedicated to working with you, as a team, toward the complete success of your event.

  • 5000 square feet of space for entertaining
  • With magnificent riverfront views of the golf course
  • Superb cuisine prepared to your specifications by our talented, professional culinary staff
  • Well-appointed full service bar
  • Delicious catering options customized to your taste and budget

Be sure to stop by the Verandah Club booth tomorrow!  Contact Brooke Alexander for more information or to schedule a site visit at (239) 694-7229.  OR visit their website at: 

Booth Spotlight: Complete Weddings + Events

We're so excited that Complete Weddings + Events is joining us again for the Brial Blast!  BRIDES: make sure you register for the Grand Prize -- a cruise!!  Register HERE!

About Complete Weddings + Events: Complete Weddings + Events of Southwest Florida, is a 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.

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 Sunday, February 26 at Germain Arena.  

Booth Spotlight: RIG Entertainment

We're so excited that RIG Entertainment is once again joining us at the Bridal Blast this Sunday, August 28 at Germain Arena from 1 to 5 p.m.  BRIDES: Did you register for your {free} ticket?  Get yours

About RIG Entertainment:

"My name is Jay Rigdon and I am the FULL TIME sole proprietor of RIG Entertainment. I am a former Federal Agent and also a Veteran (Retired).  Relocating to Florida in 2011, I decided to make a fresh start and launched RIG Entertainment.  I am a Certified Wedding Planner and bring a lot more than your average DJ. Managing my own business gives me the opportunity to better serve my clients."


 If you’re looking for that ideal combination of elegance, professionalism, and high energy, DJ Jay Rigon is your perfect choice! Don’t fall for others who talk fast and make promises they can’t keep. Always remember if it sounds too good to be true call Jay and he will tell you the truth regardless if you utilize his services or not. Jay believes that it is his obligation to assist and educate anyone who is seeking help to make the right choice!!

 Entertainers do not have a second chance to get it right it has to be done right the first time. 

        "I look forward to exceeding your expectations for your event and making your special day the best it can be. Taking entertainment to the next level and going above and beyond is just how I do it!!!!” 

Be sure to stop by and meet Jay at the Bridal Blast this Sunday!

Booth Spotlight: Something Borrowed Decor Rentals & Event Styling

The Bridal Blast is only a few days away!  Brides - do you have your {free} ticket yet?  Get yours HERE!  We're excited that Something Borrowed will be joining us this Sunday, August 28 at Germain Arena.

About Something Borrowed:

Something Borrowed is a family-owned Fort Myers based decor rental and event styling company. We are your premier event source to handle every event with unmatched professionalism and style. Whether your event takes place indoors or outdoors, spring or fall, we have a wide variety of rental items to compliment your next event or wedding. 

We also offer:

* top-notch customer service

* one-on-one complimentary consultations

* event set-up and tear down

* wide variety of rentals including wood tables, chairs, linens, arbors, drapery, ceremony doors, barrels, vintage furniture, candelabras, table decor and more

*assistance in “styling” your event and turning your dream into a reality

…..and so much more.

Something Borrowed is the name to remember when planning your next event in Southwest Florida.

Be sure to stop by the Something Borrowed booth at the Bridal Blast!