The reviews are in for The Louisville Palace’s first foray into the wedding industry, and it’s two-thumbs up for The Louisville Palace Wedding Show, which it made its world premiere Friday evening within the confines of the historic theater. For five hours, from 6 to 11 p.m., brides and grooms, as well as their friends and family, could get to know potential vendors for their wedding, enjoy appetizers and samples, and take in live music, all within the entirety of The Palace.
The Palace Wedding Show, produced by Palace Director of Sales & Marketing Sydney O’Bryan with co-producers Ryan Armbrust of Boudoir Louisville and Brittany Murphy of Four Leaf Photo, was meant to stand out from the traditional bridal shows held at the beginning of the year, aiming for a younger audience looking for more modern, personalized weddings. Around 500 brides pre-registered for free entry to the first-ever event, with a high turnout of brides, grooms, and their friends and family coming through the doors.
Amanda Chiara was one of the 500 brides to attend the show, along with her fiancé Michael, her parents and her bridesmaid. “We heard good things about the music and the food,” Chiara explained to Louisville.com when asked about what had brought her and her group to the venue, where she and her fiancé had become engaged in August 2012. However, the University of Louisville students plan to marry elsewhere. “We actually are getting married at the [Four Roses Bourbon Barrel] Loft at the BBC downtown, and our ceremony is at Julian Chapel in J-Town,” Chiara said, though the couple do plan to have photos taken at the venue for their nuptials in July.
For the grooms who weren’t into all things bridal, they could walk up to the Groom's Lounge on the second floor for appetizers, bourbon tastings, hand-rolled cigars, and, as Adam of Derby City Chop Shop noted, have some barbering done while picking up a gift certificate. Like many of the vendors and performers on-site, including PartyZone Entertainment, Bourbon Barrel Rehab, The Brown Hotel et al, the men’s barbershop in The Highlands was invited by O’Bryan to attract potential customers, though with Derby City, Adam explained that they had offered their services during the Jane’s Addiction show at The Palace in March of 2012, which then led to their return for the Palace Wedding Show