The Griffin Runway: The Little White Dress Event

Yes, we’re too young, and yes, our top priority right now is school and grades, but let’s be real –— who among us hasn’t pictured their wedding day? It’s every girl’s dream to be a princess fairytale bride with a fabulous day just for them. We watch “Say Yes to the Dress” and “Four Weddings” religiously and admire different white dresses on Pinterest even though some of us are more single than a dollar bill. It’s never silly to daydream, especially if you’re a girl who wants her day to be completely flawless. I may be 18 years old, but on Wednesday, Nov. 6, I attended the Little White Dress Event at Shea’s Performing Arts Center and had an absolutely exquisite night.

The event started with an exposition for brides who are in the market for various services and products for their wedding, including florists, music, and photography. I was impressed by the quality of all of the products at the event. The event was put on by the Buffalo News, more specifically Lisa Cislo, Ann Brooker, and Chris Smith who all seemed more than satisfied with the turnout and vendor presentations. I spoke with each of them and they briefly explained to me how the event is orchestrated.

Cislo and Brooker told me about each of the vendors that participate in the event. The group included Shelly’s Florist, The Mansion on Delaware Avenue, and many more. Smith explained to me that as the marketing manager of the Buffalo News’s special bridal magazine and planner, he invites vendors to pay a fee to be featured in different propaganda supporting businesses and shows like this one.

An interesting vendor that caught my eye was a service to promote drinking responsibly when it comes to getting behind the wheel. Designated Drivers of Buffalo is a specialty company that can be hired for any event to act as a babysitter and drive home guests and their cars that are having a little too much fun. You can also call them unscheduled, for a ride and for transportation of your vehicle. Their busiest business day is unsurprisingly New Year’s Eve.

The Little White Dress Event ended with a bridal fashion show that was breathtaking. Different gowns and tuxes in some different styles glided down a staircase in  front of the theater into a crowd of eager brides-to-be and photographers. My personal favorite was a strapless dress with a sweetheart neckline, crystal studded belt and extra-long train. For the guys, there wasn’t much variety, but one groom sported a bright peach vest under his jacket that made him actually stand out next to his bride. Some girls might not want this at their wedding if they’re aiming to be the center of attention.

It’s okay to daydream and explore wedding options on Pinterest, so long as you don’t get carried away. Boyfriend-less or not, having some ideas ready for the big day is never a crime., Once you do have a ring on your finger, going to an expo and fashion show like the Little White Dress Event can be extremely helpful in making your fairytale dreams a reality.