This Saturday: The Ultimate LGBT Wedding & Anniversary Expo Arrives April 12


SOUTHFIELD - Pride Source Media Group, publisher of Between The Lines, will host its fourth-annual Ultimate LGBT Wedding & Anniversary Expo from 12 to 6 p.m. April 12 at the Southfield Civic Pavilion. The wedding expo moved to a larger location to accommodate more couples, vendors, presentations and activities.

"Even though we'll have to wait a little longer for more couples to legally marry in Michigan, more than 300 couples were recently married in just a few hours," says Jan Stevenson, co-publisher of BTL. "Thousands more will marry once the window of opportunity opens again - and it will! The day is coming when we will see full marriage equality in Michigan. And we're ready with cakes, fashions and everything needed to plan a great event," she explains.

The Ultimate LGBT Wedding & Anniversary Expo will feature local businesses that provide wedding services to same-sex couples. A couture bridal fashion show, presented by B. Ella Bridal and President Tuxedo, will start at 1 p.m. and will present cutting-edge wedding fashions, and in a nod to the political significance of marriage, models for the fashion show will include a number of LGBT political leaders and allies such as Ferndale Mayor Dave Coulter, attorney Alicia Skillman, Flagstar Bank SVP Beth Correa, MI House of Representatives candidates Aaryn Richard and Jeremy Moss.

Be sure to come hungry because at the Fabulous Food Court, created by Bill Hamilton Designs, guests will enjoy delicious delectables from Jeff Zak Catering, Oye Crepes, D'Amato's Italian Restaurant and Catering, Dino's Custom Catering and The Epicurean Group. Then top off your taste adventure with sweets and wedding cake from AG Chocolates, The Pastry Palace and Dessert Diva.

But a wedding is not all about the food - its about the drinks too! Barefoot Wine & Bubbly will serve complimentary wine and a full cash bar will be available for all to enjoy, and you can get your photo taken at one of the photos booths.

Star Trax entertainers will emcee the afternoon with music and dancing, and for the last hour of the expo Star Trax will shift the event into a high-energy dance party so all can celebrate the enormous progress we have seen in the movement toward full marriage equality in Michigan.

Prizes, prizes and more prizes will be given away through raffles and games. You can grab all you can in the Prize Cube, or win a great gift in the Twisted Love game. Caesar's Windsor is giving away a complete wedding ceremony in their beautiful riverfront reception hall to one lucky couple. There will be vacation getaway packages, jewelry, dining and theater tickets, sports memorabilia and other exciting gifts and prizes.

Select the perfect setting for your wedding, reception, party or any other event by talking to one of the experts on hand from The Detroit Marriott, Embassy Suites, The Westin, Laurel Manor, Vassel's Banquet Hall, The Scarab Club in Detroit or the Polo Fields and Country Club in Ann Arbor. Florists, event planners and photographers can help complete your party to make it as beautiful and memorable as possible.

Tickets are $10 ($15 at the door) with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Michigan Marriage Challenge, a fund created to raise money for the legal fees and expenses in the DeBoer v. Snyder case. Purchase tickets at http://www.btlweddingexpo.com.

Visit the Expo Website for more details, buy tickets, become a vendor, or browse pictures of past events!


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