On October 27, 2012, the owners of MEGA Music Entertainment and Wedding Marketing NOW present The Wedding Experience — A Luxurious Mock Wedding for the Real Engaged Couple. From 4:30 pm to 10 pm, engaged couples will experience a full-scale mock wedding at The Benson Hotel in Portland, Oregon. Guests will enjoy a four-course meal, sparkling wine, specialty cocktails, see 50 professional wedding vendors in action, listen and dance to both live musicians and three amazing local and professional DJ companies. The event is sponsored in part by The Benson Hotel.
A groom who happens to own a few businesses in the wedding industry created The Wedding Experience. Simon Blanco created The Wedding Experience for couples planning their wedding but who are unsure of how to execute the actual wedding day. The Wedding Experience will allow brides, grooms, friends, and family who are helping plan a wedding to see how the wedding should flow from beginning to end and showcasing only the most reputable wedding professionals from the Portland metro area.
An inherent problem at wedding expos and bridal shows is that the typical 10×10 booth does not allow the newly engaged couple to see the professional wedding vendor in action. On the flip side, the professional wedding vendor does not have a chance to speak to every bride or groom at your typical bridal expo. During The Wedding Experience, each vendor will have a 2-3 minute interview during the evening emceed by the event host, Mr. Drew Carney. Also, the vendor (depending on their specialty) might be taking pictures, executing the plan, creating a bridal look, serving a cake or dessert, up-lighting the event, or providing the wedding programs, etc. There are makeup artists, hair professionals, bakeries, patisseries, a chocolatier, a wedding dress boutique, musicians, dance instructors, photographers, decor companies, a photo booth, two wedding officiates, and more.
The event will begin with guest registration at The Benson Hotel (tickets available for purchase at the door or online). At 5:15 pm guests will be seated in the Crystal Ballroom to observe a Vintage Barcelona-inspired ceremony. After the ceremony presentation concludes, guests will be invited to a Great Gatsby-inspired cocktail hour in the Fireplace Lobby. Guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres and sparkling wine while mingling and speaking with professional wedding vendors, listen to some great jazz tunes while snacking on the gourmet popcorn and nut bar. At 7:00 pm, guests will be escorted upstairs to the Mayfair Ballroom to feast on a salad, main entree and an assortment of desserts, cake, and other unique treats. After dinner there will be a formal mock toast, first dance, entertainment, and dancing.
At the end of the evening, The Wedding Experience is awarding one lucky couple the “Honeymoon Package” prize. At 9:50pm, the lucky winning couple will make their Grand Exit from the Mayfair Ballroom to a limousine that awaits and will whisk them to a helicopter pad where Konect Aviation will give the couple a twenty-minute tour of the City of Roses. After the helicopter ride, the limousine will return the couple back to The Benson Hotel where they will enjoy a night of luxury and romance in the Grand Suite. The Suite includes flowers, chocolates, massage oils, champagne, a fifteen-minute serenade on the baby grand piano, and a 2pm late checkout.
If you would like to partake in this new concept and bridal event, tickets are available for $99 per couple at Ticket Tomato, http://www.tickettomato.com. To learn more about The Wedding Experience please go to the website at: http://weddingexperiencepdx.com.
For information on the Benson Hotel, go to www.bensonhotel.com.