A Recap of a Wonderful Weekend! The Multicultural Bridal Expo

by Jenny Bryde 3. September 2011 13:58

What a weekend!  Jami and I had such a great time hanging out at the Hotel Blackhawk hobnobbing with beautiful people.  Something about the Hotel Blackhawk sets the tone, and this event was no exception!  Beauty everywhere you look on the walls, ceilings, and floors, and with the Multicultural Expo under full swing, beauty was elsewhere too!  The event kicked off with a fabulous, and I mean fabulous, fashion show exibiting cultural wedding attire from around the world worn by brides and grooms of a multitude of cultures right here in our area!  Following the fashion show was a lovely bridal fair where engaged couples came to peruse vendors and their wares.  Flowers, chocolates, linens, invitations, and us of course!  Jami and I always enjoy being at wedding shows and getting to inform people of the important work that is done by our wedding vendors! 

Here are some pictures recapping our weekend:

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Weekend Event - Multicultural Bridal Expo on Sunday!

by Jenny Bryde 26. August 2011 13:37

Remember that this weekend marks the First Bi-State IL/IA Multicultural Wedding Expo 2011 the first of its kind in our area!  Here are the details: 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 28 from 10 am to 3 pm
Location: Hotel Blackhawk in Davenport, IA
Tickets are $5 each (if you buy 5 or more)
$8 individual ticket in advance
$10 at the door.
 
We are looking forward to seeing you there!  Recently we were able to pick the brains of the masterminds behind this amazing event, and here's what they had to say: 

1.  The Quad Cities community is fairly diverse, and is more so every year.  How did you determine that now is the time for this event? 2 main factors motivated us to organize this event now. More bi-cultural relationships are happening as a result of professional relocation or immigration to the area, so couples have difficulty finding a nice and harmonic way to blend two cultures in one wedding ceremony. The second motivator is that some of our clients brought to our attention that they did not feel represented or welcomed in some local bridal shows. We decided then to create this amazing event that embraces diversity and inclusion, where our goal is to make every single person feel welcomed, and able to find the high quality services or/and products they are looking for.
 
2.  What will brides, grooms and their family/friends be able to see/do at this expo that is new and different? They will have interpreters available (at least in Spanish, French and Portuguese); they will see a fashion show that will represent the main cultures found in the QC area; they will have a chance to win prizes from other countries; they will have an opportunity to participate in a multicultural business networking event and a Gala the night before, and they will have an opportunity to share their stories in our website.
 
3.  What do the vendors have to say about the Multicultural Wedding Expo?  How many vendors are expected to attend the weekend event?
The vendors are very excited with the opportunity to showcase their businesses to a diverse clientele. They are also excited that they will have 2 workshops the day before to prepare them to work more effectively with people from cultures different than theirs. We are not thinking about quantity, but quality. We are limiting our number of vendors to 40.
 
4.  Why is the Quad Cities a great area for a multicultural wedding?
Many people from other countries relocate to this area because of big multinational corporations that are here. My own story is an example of it. I moved to the area from Brazil, because my husband works for John Deere. Cross-cultural relocation is one of the services provided by Global Awareness Consulting, so we have the opportunity to meet lots of expats who come to the Quad Cities area from other countries. Adding to this group, we will find international students, other immigrants, and refugees. Another important factor is that same sex marriage is legal in Iowa, so couples from other states come to the area for their wedding celebrations.
 
5.  Bridal fashion shows are always fun!  What are some of the countries and cultures that will have their wedding apparel trends featured?  What attire will be featured in particular?
We will have models from the USA, Mexico, India, China, Senegal and maybe other cultures. We will focus on brides and grooms, but will also have flower girl, ring bearer, bridesmaids and best men and parents of the couple. Expect to see a beautiful and colorful show! Don't miss it!

We are going to be there, and we hope we see you all there too! 

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Mark Your Calendars for the First Bi-State IA/IL Multicultural Bridal Expo!

by Jenny Bryde 29. July 2011 04:45

Close your eyes and run the word “wedding” through your mind. What you see relates a wealth of
information about you. While weddings encompass a single day, the traditions and celebrations they
encompass originated years ago and were passed from family to family, place to place, culture to culture
until the idea was conveyed to you. And just as you will never find two families who are identical,
neither will you find two ideas of weddings that represent the same cultural traditions and beliefs. As
we look around the Quad Cities you will find a myriad of cultural traditions and norms being expressed
on a beautiful wedding day.

Here in the Quad Cities we are so in luck that our diversity grows and changes each year as more and
more families are attracted to our community. Global Awareness Consulting, a company that creates
diversity programs for communities, is bringing us a fabulous opportunity for all our QCA engaged
couples with the First Bi-State IA/IL Multicultural Bridal Expo! Their mission statement for this event
is to ensure that each person, regardless of his or her culture and beliefs, will be able to find the best
professionals in Iowa and Illinois to fit their wedding needs and wants. What a fabulous opportunity this
is!

Here are the details:

It will be held on August 28th at the Hotel Blackhawk in Davenport!

At the expo you will be meeting the best in Iowa and Illinois Wedding Professionals including:
Caterers, Coaching, Decorator, Designers, Florists, Formal Wear, Hotels, Jewelers, Organizers,
Photographers, Transportation, Videographers, and a lot more!  There are going to be a lot of prizes at the event, but you must be present to win!

Here the events planned for both days:

Program for our event:
Saturday, August 27, 2011 (This day might be more for the vendors rather than the brides...)

9:00 am to 12:00 pm - Workshop: “Doing Business with People from Other Cultures”
1:15 to 4:00 pm - Workshop: “Wedding Ceremonies in Different Parts of the World” (meet
guest speakers from different countries)
4:00 to 5:00 pm - Multicultural Business Networking
6:30 to 10:30 pm - Multicultural Gala “Dream”
(Fundraising to Prevent Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation of Children)

Sunday, August 28, 2011

10:00 am - Multicultural Fashion Show
12:00 - 3:00pm - Multicultural Bridal Expo

QCWeddings.com is definitely going to have a booth at the expo, and we cannot wait to see you there! We think that it is high time that an event like this comes to the QCA, and we are so thrilled that we get to participate!! Remember that there are going to be TONS of prizes available to win at the event, but you must be present to cash in!

If you have any questions, do not hesitateto contact Global Awareness Consulting at (309) 269-6345 or email
MulticulturalBridalExpo@hotmail.com.

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