Anchored 2017: Toledo's Bridal Show Alternative

Join Us at Anchored!

The week is finally here! This Saturday, we're bringing together some of our favorite wedding vendors to offer couples like you an alternative to the traditional bridal show with Anchored - Toledo’s Bridal Show Alternative. We’re focusing on providing an enjoyable atmosphere that will feel more like a date night than a crowded, stressful attempt at wedding planning.

Nautical engagement session on a boat in Lake Erie.
Rooftop engagement session in Toledo, Ohio.
Bride in a floral crown

When we got together with Brigitta from La Boutique Nostalgie last year to plan the inaugural event, we knew we wanted to create a relaxed, personalized event with curated vendors that fit our couple’s unique style. We wanted a no-pressure event where our couples could feel comfortable to hang out, grab a drink, and get to know us more. We loved the idea of offering stations where our vendors could show off their work in an interactive setting. Last year, we found this was a hit at the brow and braid bars and the flower crown station.

Wedding using the 2017 Pantone Color of the Year, 'Greenery'.
Bridesmaids dresses in different neutral and blush tones.

We were so thrilled at the success of Anchored 2016 and have had so much fun planning 2017’s event with even more interactive-ness for you! You’ll enjoy a cocktail and appetizers while listening to live music, dabbling in string art, canvas painting, photobooth fun and more. The flower crowns will be returning and we’re adding some awesome giveaways from our wedding vendors. Winners will be drawn throughout the evening!

Most of all, we want our Anchored couples to get some unique inspiration for their own weddings. Again this year, we’ll feature a model couple showing off some gorgeous formal wear during a faux wedding ceremony with Toledo Wedding Officiant, a first dance and a little twist on the traditional cake cutting (hello, donuts!!). We love getting to know our couples on a personal level, and our favorite aspect of Anchored is the opportunity for us to meet you! We are happy to answer any and all of your questions - from engagement sessions to videography - and share some tips and tricks that will help make planning your wedding less stressful.

Destination wedding photography in Hawaii.
Gold wedding detail ring shot.
Bride and groom in winter wedding at Pokagon State Park.
Wedding photography of bride and groom in Cleveland, Ohio.
Eston's Wedding Cake with floral from La Boutique Nostalgie.
Wedding photography of bride's ring and bracelet.

So who exactly is Anchored anyway? And why do we love them? Great question! We think you should come find out for yourself. We believe our couples deserve the best and we have no doubt they you will get just that from this group of vendors. Scroll down to see what you have to look forward to on Saturday and, in the meantime, go visit their websites to learn more!

Brigitta and her team will be helping you make your own flower crown for $5 and will be providing the beautiful decor and floral arrangements throughout the room. They will also be giving away $100 off a flower crown bar (great for bachelorette parties or bridal showers!). 

Brigitta and her team will be helping you make your own flower crown for $5 and will be providing the beautiful decor and floral arrangements throughout the room. They will also be giving away $100 off a flower crown bar (great for bachelorette parties or bridal showers!). 

We love this venue so much we had our own wedding here! Come check out the tall ceiling, exposed brick that make this the perfect urban venue right in the heart of Downtown Toledo. You can also be entered to win $150 off room rental for your next event!

We love this venue so much we had our own wedding here! Come check out the tall ceiling, exposed brick that make this the perfect urban venue right in the heart of Downtown Toledo. You can also be entered to win $150 off room rental for your next event!

Thanks to Kelly at Toledo Wedding Guide for providing the awesome 'happily ever after' grab bags to the first 100 guests through the door! Check out www.toledoweddingguide.com for the perfect place to start your wedding planning. Regular blog inspiration and a great list of the areas best vendors!

Thanks to Kelly at Toledo Wedding Guide for providing the awesome 'happily ever after' grab bags to the first 100 guests through the door! Check out www.toledoweddingguide.com for the perfect place to start your wedding planning. Regular blog inspiration and a great list of the areas best vendors!

Kelly at UppercaseDesigns is another vendor that we loved so much, we used her for our own wedding invitations. She also designed the logo and the fliers for Anchored last year and this year! Come see more of her work in person and get started talking about your design suite!

Kelly at UppercaseDesigns is another vendor that we loved so much, we used her for our own wedding invitations. She also designed the logo and the fliers for Anchored last year and this year! Come see more of her work in person and get started talking about your design suite!

Our booth is sleek and modern and perfect for couples who want the fun of a photobooth with the style and elegance that will fit in at their wedding. Come try it out for yourself and enter to win $100 off one of our photobooth packages!

Our booth is sleek and modern and perfect for couples who want the fun of a photobooth with the style and elegance that will fit in at their wedding. Come try it out for yourself and enter to win $100 off one of our photobooth packages!

 
If you are looking for someone you can trust who knows what they are doing and will make you feel absolutely beautiful on your wedding day, you need to come meet Amy and her team. They will be at Anchored offering complimentary 10 minute makeup demos for brides and $5/person for non-brides. Come test out that airbrush makeup that everybody is talking about!

If you are looking for someone you can trust who knows what they are doing and will make you feel absolutely beautiful on your wedding day, you need to come meet Amy and her team. They will be at Anchored offering complimentary 10 minute makeup demos for brides and $5/person for non-brides. Come test out that airbrush makeup that everybody is talking about!

First of all, if you haven't tried some Holey Toledough doughnuts, you need to come to Anchored just for that! Another vendor that we HAD to have at our wedding and our family and friends are still talking about it to this day. It's the perfect alternative to a wedding cake and even more delicious. Michele & Chris will be providing free samples, giving away some t-shirts and they will also have a couple dozen donuts available for purchase (to take home and enjoy again on Sunday)!

First of all, if you haven't tried some Holey Toledough doughnuts, you need to come to Anchored just for that! Another vendor that we HAD to have at our wedding and our family and friends are still talking about it to this day. It's the perfect alternative to a wedding cake and even more delicious. Michele & Chris will be providing free samples, giving away some t-shirts and they will also have a couple dozen donuts available for purchase (to take home and enjoy again on Sunday)!

Atlas Bridal Shop is providing the TWO beautiful wedding gowns that our model bride will be showing off. Come see these dresses in action and meet Tiffany to make an appointment to try on dresses! 

Atlas Bridal Shop is providing the TWO beautiful wedding gowns that our model bride will be showing off. Come see these dresses in action and meet Tiffany to make an appointment to try on dresses! 

Come listen to some live music by Zak Ward, an awesome local artist! Our couples are always asking us who we suggest for a good wedding musician or DJ, so come hear for yourself! 

Come listen to some live music by Zak Ward, an awesome local artist! Our couples are always asking us who we suggest for a good wedding musician or DJ, so come hear for yourself! 

Come meet Mike from Toledo Wedding Officiant and watch him do his thing during our faux wedding at Anchored! He'll be available to talk ceremony options and what would be best for your big day!  

Come meet Mike from Toledo Wedding Officiant and watch him do his thing during our faux wedding at Anchored! He'll be available to talk ceremony options and what would be best for your big day!  

Wildflower Salon + Shop just opened the doors to their new shop last weekend and we are so excited to see their business keep growing. Come meet these awesome ladies and get a quick style to show off for the rest of the evening! 

Wildflower Salon + Shop just opened the doors to their new shop last weekend and we are so excited to see their business keep growing. Come meet these awesome ladies and get a quick style to show off for the rest of the evening! 

Come try out some canvas painting with Cathie for $5 and discuss another great option for bachelorette or bridal shower fun!

Come try out some canvas painting with Cathie for $5 and discuss another great option for bachelorette or bridal shower fun!

Our model groom will be sporting suits from Cloud Nine in Sandusky. Come meet Andrea to talk rental or purchasing options for your suits and/or tuxes! 

Our model groom will be sporting suits from Cloud Nine in Sandusky. Come meet Andrea to talk rental or purchasing options for your suits and/or tuxes! 

Chris at Mager Designs has done some absolutely wonderful work for tons of weddings in the area. Come check out some of their talents will all things lighting and decor!

Chris at Mager Designs has done some absolutely wonderful work for tons of weddings in the area. Come check out some of their talents will all things lighting and decor!

Carli at Cambridge + West will be showing you how to do your own string art for $5 and will also have some other awesome designs for sale! We love the idea of doing a string art 'girls night in' to start a bachelorette party or maybe for the bridal shower! We have our own 'Toledo' string art piece from Carli hanging in our living room!

Carli at Cambridge + West will be showing you how to do your own string art for $5 and will also have some other awesome designs for sale! We love the idea of doing a string art 'girls night in' to start a bachelorette party or maybe for the bridal shower! We have our own 'Toledo' string art piece from Carli hanging in our living room!

 
 

So if you, like us, enjoy a good night out for a drink and live music, if you want to meet some awesome local wedding vendors and get some inspiration for your wedding, if you want to come chat with us and talk wedding photography, make your way to The Blarney Event Center on Saturday from 5p-9p.

 

Tickets are available at www.anchoredtoledo.com for $8 until noon on Saturday or $10 at the door!

We’ll see you there!