Getting hitched can be a daunting task. There are venues to sort through, florists to find, caterers to contemplate and photographers to choose.
But at the South Shore, today’s Something Blue Wedding Expo aims to make the whole process a little easier.
This year the fifth annual event, presented by the South Lake Tahoe Wedding Association, features about 40 vendors ranging from salons and videographers to entertainers and DJs.
“It gives them the ability to plan just about their entire wedding in one spot,” said association Marketing Director Lisa Gallup.
The expo starts at noon and runs to 3 p.m. at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa. Once guests arrive they are greeted with champagne and able to explore the showroom floor at will.
Many of the booths will have food samples or other products ready to try.
Mylan Schmidt, chef at The Landing Resort & Spa, said his restaurant will be making three dishes for visitors to test at the expo. One of them is carrot keftedes, Greek cuisine that takes the resort at least three days to prepare.
“It’s a great dish to highlight the fact that we use all fresh and local ingredients,” he said.
New this year at the expo, Reno-based wedding apparel designer Alfred Angelo will make an appearance to show off dresses during the fashion show.
Sidestreet Boutique will return to show some of its collection of tuxedos and evening attire.
Gallup said the expo also has something for the grooms and groomsmen.
“Back by popular demand, we have our man cave,” she said.
The man cave consists of a lounge, located near the bar, where guests can relax while their significant others explore the venue.
Gallup said the expo has become a popular event that not only helps soon-to-be-married couples, but also helps boost Tahoe’s economy.
Many people stay at local hotels while attending the event, and most of them will also have their weddings here in the basin, she said.
In November, when the last Blue Wedding Expo was held, about 300 people registered for the event. About 250 have registered for this weekend’s expo, and another 50 to 75 couples are expected to show up at the door.
For more information, visit www.somethingblue weddingexpo.com.