NY Bridal & Quince Expo Highlights

On Tuesday, March 10th, bluGarden Events kicked off the 2015 wedding season with its highly anticipated NY BRIDAL & QUINCE EXPO at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens.

We are thrilled to report that the NY BQE was a smashing success for all involved! Not only did it surpass all expectations in attendance, every exhibitor booth was sold out – resulting in a capacity filled event that included some of the area’s most notable wedding and special events professionals.

The stunning Museum of the Moving Image was abuzz with chatter, laughter, and music throughout the event.  Sponsors for the evening’s festivities included, among others, Devotion Diamonds, Walt Disney’s Cinderella and Modern Latina Brides, with pre-event and day of attendance television and radio media coverage from outlets such as Univision, Telemundo, NBC Weekend Today’s “Visiones,” NY1, NY1 Noticias to name just a few. All were dazzled with the amazing exhibitor showcases, fab fashion shows, complimentary beauty lounge and the sprinkling of Latino traditions…Was it real life?! We’re still not sure!As the largest bridal and quince expo of its kind in the NYC Tri-State area, the NY BQE required nothing short of a herculean effort from the bluGarden Events team in the form of dedication, coordination and implementation. As for the exhibitors, the wedding and special events pros put the final touches on their booths the day-of to make sure they were ready to impress brides, quinceañeras and their guests. All found amazing inspiration, advice, scrumptious food and drink, stunning fashion shows and irresistible expo-only specials throughout the event.Although the official start time was set for 5:00PM, the line began forming at 4:10 and wrapped around the block. With close to 1,100 in attendance, the bluGarden Events team and volunteers worked tirelessly to setup and work the registration and guest services areas. And the exhibitor/industry pros? . . . Well, they certainly kept busy meeting and greeting the future brides, quinceañeras and their loved ones!PicMonkey-Collage-16The latest editions of The Knot and Quinceañera Magazine – filled with irresistible inspiration, tips, and leads to even more of the region’s most sought-after professionals – were provided to attendees as they entered the event. As an extra treat, goodie bags pre-stuffed with product samples, cookbooks provided by  Goya, as well as NY BQE exhibitor coupons and other like items provided attendees additional savings and opportunities.

The Museum’s cafe was transformed into a magnificent entertainment area complete with a state-of-the-art LED stage and video wall courtesy of Groove New York.

The event’s two fashion shows were a dream come true for all of the fashionistas in attendance. Guests lounged in the chairs surrounding the stage while they watched the season’s hottest trends walk the runway. Featured were celebrity fashion designer Adan Terriquez, known for his “Princesas De Jenni Rivera” gowns, and shoe designer Burju Perez of Burju Shoes, whose shoes were worn by the entire celebrity cast of Season 11 of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. Models also showcased stunning gowns by Forever Amour Bridal, Cesar Galindo and Disney Royal Ball as well as jewelry by Devotion Diamonds.

Between fashion shows, Finer Touch Entertainment pulled brides, quinceañeras and guests on stage for a special entertainment showcase complete with a live percussionist and party motivators who had the masses dancing the remainder of the evening away.

Steve Blake, our Master of Ceremonies, spread good fortune on the randomly selected winners of the thousands of dollars in door prizes, exhibitor raffles, gift cards and other giveaways prizes. Congrats to all who won!

The NY BQE boasted 3 photo booths scattered throughout the venue – and all who stopped by had a blast taking their pictures using the signs, umbrellas, tiaras and feather boas for fun photo opps. Drink samples from Inca Kola offered liquid inspiration, while cakes, cupcakes and chocolate yumminess from  Campbell’s Bakery, Shocolate Kisses by Shay and Organic Designer Desserts kept guests more than appetized throughout the evening.

The NY BQE wouldn’t have been as wonderful as it was without the generous support of our sponsors, the talented exhibitors who worked so hard to create their beautiful showcases and displays and of course, our dedicated volunteers – OR WITHOUT YOU! Thanks so much to all for joining.

Special thanks also to Groove New York for the stunning sound and stage décor, Elezye’s Elegant Cover-Ups for providing the beautiful table linens and all of the photographers who graciously shared the images in this highlight including, but not limited to, Krysta Michaelides, JS Visions Photo & Video, Tino Photography and Video, Larry King Photography, FTE Live, Jashim Jalal Photography, Hipstr Photo Booth, Enrique Martin, Mendez Photography and Luisa Rebeca Photography.

Based on the results of our amazing evening on March 10th, we are confident that the NY BQE will quickly become THE leading wedding and quince resource in the Northeast!

DON’T MISS THE NEXT NY BQE ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2016 AT CITIFIELD’S CAESARS CLUB!

* For a complete list of sponsors and participating vendors, visit the NY BQE website.
**If you are a wedding and/or special events vendor and wish to be involved in this fabulous adventure, apply now to join the NY BQE family. Email connect@nybqe.com for full details.