We are so excited about rebranding Bridal Benchmark to Vacation Bridal School! People always ask what exactly is Bridal Benchmark and my response would be kind of like Vacation Bible School, but for Brides, they would laugh at my analogy, but they understood what I meant, so I figured we should just call it something similar.

We have snacks/drink, education and some times crafts!  We offer this series twice a year, in September and January!  No matter where you’re at in your planning you can learn from coming.  It’s all education, we aren’t trying to sell you anything, plus we love swag bags and door prizes around here!  Our big door prize this year is going to go to one lucky Bride that attends all sessions and she’ll win an engagement session with Wes Brown Weddings!

Vacation Bridal School


Nightly Schedule

September 2

Type A Catering – budget, food & bar

Wedding Wonderland – everything wedding dress related

Wes Brown Photography – what to look for in a photographer, contract, consult

Griffin Gate – what to look for when booking a venue, tours, scheduling site visit

Clear Pro DJ – dj vs band vs ipod, hiring who you meet with, contract

Beautiful You Medical Spa – services to prepare you for big day

Spina Bifida – what is this?


September 9

Hilton – contracts/agreements when booking a venue

Geno’s Formal Affair – everything tuxes

Honey Heart Photography- engagement pictures, why they’re important, what should you wear, etc

Simply Done Invites – how invites set the tone of your wedding

Stivers Strength & Wellness – how to stay healthy during the planning

Clear Choice Orthodontics – perfect smiles are needed for the perfect pictures!


September 16

Doug Smith Designs – tablescape from start to finish, different in bouquet options, etc.

2 Cool Band

Tinker’s Cake Shop – CAKE, need we say more

Equilateral Productions – difference in photo/video, what it means to have a videographer at your wedding, how many camera/angles are typically used, how far in advance to book, questions to ask during consult

KY Sounds – how to plan the music for your day

The Thoroughbred Center -difference in inside/outside ceremonies/receptions


September 23

City BBQ – again, need we say more?

Purdon Rental – tents, tables, chairs, linens, china, etc.

Willie Wilson Photography – focusing on day of time line, pros/cons of first reveal

Twisted Papertini – everything should be monogramed in the south, right?

Fields in Bloom – popular colors/styles for 2016, budget friendly options, most popular flowers by season and does that matter price wise

Belle Boutique Events – wedding day hair & makeup


September 30

Hoopla Films – different editing options available: ceremony only, reception online, highlight video, love story, etc, difference ‘styles’ available, maybe a little how editing works and why it takes a while to get it back

Trips to Cherish – honeymoon talk

Christy Leaver – pre-martial counseling options

Nick Ratliff Realty – where are you going to live after you’re married?

TapSnap – should you have a photo booth at your wedding?

The Campbell House – room blocks and other events venues can host

Danelle Alexis Photography – focus on albums