Preparing for your wedding means making a lot of choices. There are so many options for ceremony and reception venues, dresses, flowers and decorations, music, food and more that it can send a bride-to-be spinning with indecision. Attending the Devotion Wedding Show, the biggest wedding show in Newfoundland and Labrador, helps couples and their families get a handle on their special day.
Crystal McLellan, owner and operator of the Devotion Wedding Show, says brides-to-be often tell her they come to the show with many decisions on their minds. “Many feel overwhelmed by wedding planning,” says McLellan. “But our spectacular, amazing vendors inspire, educate and excite the couples they meet. It’s quite common for people to leave the Devotion Wedding Show with several aspects of their wedding taken care of.”
The next Devotion Wedding Show, a bi-annual event that began in 2008, takes place March 6 at The Glacier Arena in Mount Pearl. McLellan expects approximately 1,000 attendees at the one-day show. There will be more than 100 vendors in all wedding-related categories, many of which have been at the show since its inception: Travel Time TPi, King’s Photography, The Model Shop, Picco’s Creations and more.
“We have everyone from photographers and wedding cake designers to travel consultants, makeup artists, venues, musicians, florists, limousine companies, jewelry and more,” says McLellan. “Then there are also vendors who provide services the couple will need to start their lives together, such as real estate agents and financial services.”
Reading the positive comments from vendors and attendees after each show is very rewarding for McLellan. “It makes a big difference to the couples,” she says. “And that’s why we do it.”
McLellan, who is also a wedding photographer, was not satisfied with what was going on in the city and began the show as an experiment. “It just took off,” she says.
Visitors of all ages attend the show, from young couples and their families to those who are tying the knot at a later stage of life. For others, it’s a girls’ day. But for anyone who is getting married, it’s a one-stop shop with topnotch vendors.
A portion of the admission fees are donated to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, who will be present at the show with their Kiss for a Cure program. The Devotion Show has raised more than $14,000 for the organization over the last seven years.
Tickets are $10 each and available at the door only, but attendees can pre-register online at . Children under 12 can attend free. The Devotion Wedding Show will run contests to win free tickets and there will be some exciting early-draw door prizes along with more than $20,000 in door prizes given away at the show, including a honeymoon.
By Melanie Furlong