Brides to get sample of Whidbey’s wedding offerings

Future brides and grooms will get another opportunity to see what Whidbey Island has to offer during a bridal show in Oak Harbor Saturday.

The Whidbey Wedding Inspirations Bridal Show, which is resuming after a year off, will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Best Western Plus Harbor Plaza and Conference Center.

The event is geared toward couples on Whidbey and surrounding areas planning to get married in 2015 or 2016 and looking for inspiration and ideas from wedding professionals.

Vendors from on and off the island are on hand to provide advice for wedding planning and other resources.

The event, which is free to the public, also showcases Whidbey as a wedding destination.

“Half already might have a venue,” said Janet McCall, a media consultant with Blaine-based Pacific Coast Weddings, which publishes a regional wedding resource guide. “A lot of them will be shopping for a venue.

“Some people might just be looking for a place outside. It depends on where their inspiration is taking them. That’s another reason to go to these shows, is to get the inspiration and to get ideas.”

Marshall Smith, general manager of Oak Harbor’s Best Western Plus and organizer of the bridal show, said more than 250 invitations were sent out to brides. Some came from brides met in person and those whose names were on bridal lists at other shows.

The Whidbey Wedding Inspirations Bridal Show didn’t take place last year because it wouldn’t have met the normal standards of previous shows, Smith said, citing operational concerns.

“We’re going to have a spectacular show this year,” he said.

Vendors on hand will include photographers, wine companies, florists, caterers, DJs and others.

“It’s an opportunity to showcase our work,” said Heather Rice, owner of Indulge Salon in Oak Harbor.

Attendees will be able to leave with quotes, samples and door prizes and participate in tastings from caterers.

McCall said she’s attended the Oak Harbor show before and considers it unique.

A representative from her company will be there again Saturday.

“I felt like their show was a little more intimate and not so trade-showy,” McCall said. “It’s a little more personal. It has a different vibe to it, maybe a little more feminine. It’s a really nice show. The brides who come to that show really have a lot of fun.”

Best Western Plus is located at 33175 Highway 20.