Get an overview of everything new and exciting in the Reading Bridal District and find out why it's considered the "Wedding Capital of the World."
Did you know that you can literally plan your entire wedding in one place? Cincinnati is actually considered the “Wedding Capital of the World!”
Wedding planning can be a full time job if you let it take over your life. From seeking out the perfect venue, to finding the perfect dress, every little detail of your big day will represent you and your fiancé are as a couple.
Cincinnati is a wonderfully, unique city. But did you know that Cincinnati also has the “Largest Bridal District in North America”? That’s right! Brides and Grooms from all over the country visit our beautiful city in order to plan their wedding day.
Where exactly is this “Bridal Mecca?” It is located in the quaint city of Reading, OH. Nestled in “the Valley,” Reading is between the two major interstates of 71 and 75. Once you find yourself on Benson Street in Reading, OH, you will know that you have made your way to the Reading Bridal District. With the cute pink banners sponsored The North America’s largest bridal district is home to more than 44 different wedding related businesses and services, all within a two mile radius of each other.
Here are a few tips that can help you navigate the Reading Bridal District and that will help make your wedding planning just a little bit easier.
1.) Visit the Reading Bridal District website for a calendar of events in each store. You may find some really great sales and/or trunk shows happening on certain weekends. You can also find a printable map of the district that lists each member of the bridal district and their location on the street.
2.) Visiting the bridal district during the weekday is a great idea if you do not like crowds! The weekends can be very busy in the bridal boutiques and if you do not have an appointment, you may find yourself waiting a long time to be helped. All bridal stores in Reading do welcome walk in guests, but just know that appointments are HIGHLY recommended on the weekends.
3.) As for the other wedding vendors, such as, photographers, florists, caterers, and bakers, you will need to make appointments ahead of time during the weekdays as well. Most of these vendors also cater to brides and grooms outside the district; therefore, they may not always be in their place of business when you visit the district without an appointment.
4.) Besides bringing the proper undergarments for trying on bridal gowns, you will also want to wear comfy shoes! The bridal store locations extend the entire length of West Benson St, therefore, you can be walking quite a distance from one store to the other. While planning your appointments, it may be smart to look at the Reading Bridal District Map to find the locations of the stores you want to visit and plan your appointments accordingly.
5.) If you are wedding gown shopping in the Bridal district, it is highly recommended to limit your entourage to 4-5 people max. Majority of the bridal stores in the district have limited space for the groups of people the bride wants to include in the appointments. It gets very tight, very quick in the dressing areas when a bride brings 20 people with her to watch her try on gowns. Just be courteous to your guests as well as the other bride’s guests by limiting your group to your most valued friends and family.
6.) The Reading Bridal District hosts its own “bridal show” in the month of September. It is an outdoor show with Benson Street closed off to traffic so that other wedding vendors outside the district can set up their booths lining the street. It is a fun filled evening of shopping, planning, and drinking. There is also a large raffle drawing at the end of the night with huge prizes, such as: Free wedding gowns, free bridesmaid dresses, discounts on all wedding planning, etc. It’s definitely a bridal show you do not want to miss!
These are just a few tips to navigating the “Largest Bridal District in North America.” For more information on the Reading Bridal District and to sign up for the newsletter, visit their website www.readingbridaldistrict.com.