Weddings have never been a topic high on my priority list because marriage is something that I foresee in my near future. And as a child, I honestly just wanted to be the Pink Power Ranger and that job doesn’t have time for a husband when you have to save the world from Lord Zedd. That said, when I get invited to a wedding, asked to do makeup or hair, or even playing the role of a bartender, I find myself overjoyed because there is something about being part of and witnessing a major moment in the lives of two people that makes you not only makes you root for them but also soak in the bliss and love they have for one another.
Fast forward to last week my freshly engaged best friend, Lindsay, asked me to join her sister and herself for a Workshop on Hair, Makeup, and Fashion hosted by The Wedding Café. Of course, I said yes but not because I’m anything like the characters Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson played in Bride Wars, but because Lindsay is my friend and a trip to Starbucks was also on the ticket (Score!). This was my first time seeing a workshop like this and to my surprise I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend anyone in or visiting Hawai’i who is planning for a wedding to check out these workshops. Why? Keep reading….
Lindsay had apparently been to previous workshops and as she and her sister were greeted by name at the entrance as well as the brides-to-be in front and behind us (And there were many brides, so that in and of itself impressed me, and let me know this ‘workshop’ is more like a community of brides… like a Bridal Cult and I say that with love ♡).
As we were ushered into our seating area, I saw the room begin to quickly fill up with brides, bridal parties, sisters, BFFs, grooms (Yes, quite a number of guys were there too). Additionally, while I would say the majority of the room was filled with brides, I have to note that there were various age groups, sizes, and personal styles were present (which was good because love isn’t about discrimination and this event wasn’t about catering to just the one type of bride you might see on a cover of Modern Bride, this was and is for everyone.) I couldn’t help but hear a lot of the talk from the room about prizes, past and future workshops, about how great Tanna Dang is, while people took out their Ipads and notebooks. At this point, I wasn’t sure if this event was going to be as formal as my lecture classes in college or casual because I definitely felt like Carrie in Sex in the City and I had a feeling this was going to be fun.
Tanna Dang is the owner of The Wedding Café alongside her husband Bryson. For the 10 minutes that we sat because we arrived a tad early, I kept hearing her name and how great she is. Words in the room used to describe Dang were; informative, smart, very funny, entertaining, and pretty much anything nice thing you’ve ever heard or could strive to be. Unfortunately, she wasn’t there at this particular workshop because she and her husband were on in Vegas to meet some famed wedding guru (very famous apparently because I heard some gasps as mouthed dropped and seemingly watered at the mention of his name… yup this is going to be interesting).
Dang normally hosts these workshops but due to her absence, Kayla Asing, who normally plays the role of Workshop Producer filled in for the role of host. Before, I was aware of her role, I noticed Asing as soon as she made her way into the room before the workshop, she was beautiful and had an endearing smile, I originally thought she was going to be a model for the workshop and have her already done hair and impeccable makeup be utilized for demonstration purposes. When she went on stage and stepped up to the microphone to announce Dang’s absence and her role for the night and continued to open the workshop, I found her persona comforting, entertaining, and funny. And if I went to another workshop, just as the people raved about Tanna, I would rave about how phenomenal Kayla is.
Asing introduced vendors who specialized in Jewelry, Hair, Makeup, Nails, Skin, Lashes, Wedding Gowns, Bridal & Groom attire. Asing’s interview style and probably her background as a producer help guide vendors into giving the most valuable information in a timely manner while still maintaining a high level of energy. At no point did I ever feel ‘Okay, this is taking too long’.
After each vendor spoke there was a brief Q&A as well as a chance for audience members to answer a question from what they had just learned from the vendor. The winning answer resulted in gift certificates from the various vendors, makeup & hair trial including some on site which was interesting as a spectator to watch. Another interesting thing to watch was to see people jump up to answer, including the men in the room. I even got excited putting my hand on Lindsay’s back in case I knew the answer (I have no idea what I planned to do, maybe grab her and throw her five feet above everyone like some acrobatic circus… that didn’t happen fortunately, but that is how excited I got, and I’m not even getting married).
The Wedding Café and its workshops in my opinion are an indispensable resource to brides and groom living or visiting Hawai’i. While the particular workshop I had the chance to experience was specifically for Hair, Makeup & Fashion, they have workshops for every facet of planning your dream wedding.
The specialists at this particular workshop included:
The Bridal Boutique
Beauty by Tania
Hair and Makeup by Natalie Flowers
Leslie Fair & Co.
Luxe Lashes by Leanne Kirk
Touch Mini Day Spa
Topics in past and future workshops include Photography, Budgeting & Timeline, Cake & Catering and everything you will need to know. The best part of these workshops is The Wedding Café brings the vendors to you like an intimate Bridal Expo. The workshops held at the Ward Conference Room along with the The Wedding Café located at Ward Warehouse in Honolulu is a one-of-a-kind friendly avenue to take to help plan, learn, and dare I say get more excited about your wedding. Dang, Asing, and the team members behind The Wedding Café are experienced professional, most of whom have already planned and had their dream wedding and can offer you personal experiences as well as professional advice.
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