Event planner adds bridal shows to help brides and grooms-to-be

A former Plainview resident has a unique way of helping out brides and grooms-to-be before their big day. Lindsay Covello, owner of L+M Party Productions, holds two major bridal shows throughout the year to showcase an assortment of vendors

“I’ve created these bridal shows, so the prospective bride and groom can have a realistic experience of what the ceremony is going to be like and also have a fun time in the process,” said Covello, who has offices in Massapequa and Sayville. “It allows them to interact with vendors and have makeup trials, hair trials and try on different dresses.”

Covello, who is a board member on the Plainview-Old Bethpage chamber of commerce, said that she added these shows to her business model after her daughter was born a year and a half ago.

“I’ve been an event planner for five years, doing everything from Sweet 16’s, Bar and Bat Mitzvah’s and corporate events. Most of my clients are brides-to-be, so I realized by incorporating these shows, that I’d be helping out a huge segment of my clientele.”

She said one of the main themes behind these shows is to have the prospective brides build trust with the vendors.

“They want to make sure they’ve got the right makeup, the hair right and of course make sure the dress fits. Every vendor who attends brings something unique to showcase, and throughout the day women can get a sense of what they like and don’t like.”

What makes the shows unique is the activities that are provided for the grooms, who are often overlooked when it comes to the wedding planning.

There is a tuxedo runway show that is put on, a bar area set up for grooms to intermingle and share stories, a cigar truck and a blackjack table with prizes awarded like a free honeymoon.

To start their day, the prospective brides and grooms come in and write down on paper what they’d like to plan out for the day. An itinerary is setup along with a timeframe of activities for both parties to partake in.

The bridal shows take place twice a year at the Holiday Inn in Plainview. People can pre-register for the event and receive a free tote bag of products and services or pay $5 fee at the door.

The next bridal showcase is scheduled for November 4th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“There are a lot of different wedding planners on Long Island and a lot of misconceptions out there,” said Covello. “These shows will help people know what’s involved from the average cost of the wedding, finding the right vendor, and customizing and tailoring the ceremony to fit each persons needs.”

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