See hot wedding trends at expo in Everett

  • By Andrea Brown, Herald Writer
  • Friday, January 18, 2013 8:26pm
  • Life

The wedding circus is coming to town, complete with cotton candy, ring pops and zany photo booths.

A carnival reception theme is among the trends on tap at the upcoming Everett/Lynnwood Wedding Expo at Comcast Arena.

“It’s fun. It brings out the kid in all of us,” expo spokesman Brad Buckles said.

Of course, there will be plenty of dresses for brides to peruse and runway models sporting the latest fashions for all members of the wedding party. Information on entertainment, flowers, photography, honeymoons and all the other wedding essentials will be under one roof.

Color is big this year, Buckles said.

Cotton candy machines that spin giant puffs of sugar on a stick are replacing chocolate fountains at receptions.

Flavor colors coordinate with ribbons, flowers and bridesmaid dresses.

“Whatever their creative fancy is, you can color match this,” Buckles said.

Candy buffet options include giant dishes of lemon drops, licorice sticks and taffy.

Guests indulge their inner child and leave with a bag of candy.

Blue candy-stained tongues and green lips might also make for some fun pics behind the curtain in the photo booth. Other props include funny hats, glasses and mustaches. Oh, what people will do after slugging down a few drinks and few pounds of sugar.

“Photo booths have really taken off,” said Howard Jensen, spokesman for the recent Seattle Wedding Show, an annual event at the Seattle convention center. “Pull the curtain and who knows what’s going to happen.”

The photo strip is a party favor to cherish. Guests leave a personalized message and photo for the wedding couple, and get to take home embarrassing pictures.

Cakes are still a big deal at weddings, but the toppers aren’t strictly black and white since the legalization of same-sex marriage.

“It’s the biggest conversation in the wedding industry,” Buckles said. “It’s fun to be one of the cities on the front lines.”

So far this year, he said he has seen mostly female couples at his Washington wedding expos.

Traditionally, brides have dragged the grooms to the shows.

“With two grooms, who’s going to drag who?” he said.

Plan your expo trip

The Everett/Lynnwood Wedding Expo features wedding fashion, food, entertainment, flowers, photographers and dress sale.

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Comcast Arena Convention Center, 2000 Hewitt Ave., Everett.

Cost: $15, with two-for-the-price-of-one online special; www.bridesclub.com

Wine &Wedding Experience

When: 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 6

Where: The Hollywood School House, 14810 NE 145th St., Woodinville.

Cost: Free

Reservations: www.bridesclub.com

More in Life

‘Found’: Author and climber a 20-year veteran of mountain rescue

In her second book, Bree Loewen shares her experiences of volunteering with Seattle Mountain Rescue.

Secret garden: Privacy trees that won’t outgrow a small space

These plants offer some height to block out unwanted sights without taking over your yard.

Stock your winter bookshelf with these animal and nature reads

Four new books cover outdoors topics from butterflies to wolves.

The Shed Players recently released their new album “Our Shingle Most Favorites.”
Listen here: Josh Clauson, The Shed Players release new CDs

This feature is all about Snohomish County’s homegrown talent: locals who make music and record it.

Newfangled cooker isn’t for those with tried and true methods

Columnist Jennifer Bardsley recently succumbed to peer pressure and purchased an Instant Pot.

Now is the time to assess your student’s back-to-school plan

Take a good look at how your kids are managing their new routine, class, teacher(s) and homework.

Author’s talk of birds and clouds kicks off Marysville series

1. Birds and clouds Marysville’s Outdoor Adventure Speakers Series is kicking into… Continue reading

How to shop in the street markets of France

It’s the best way to connect with the nation’s farmers and artisans.

Oprah Winfrey joins ‘60 Minutes’ for 50th anniversary year

The media giant debuts on tonight’s show, reporting on a story about America’s political divisions.

Most Read