Blog Archives

Congratulations Star Awards Winners!

To be recognized at an international level is quite an honour.  Star Awards entries are judged by multiple judges in (at least) four markets that include East, West and Central USA, as well as Canada, making the process as well rounded and fair as possible. 

The Stars of 2017 were as follows:

Bride Marketing & Advertising Bridal Spectacular (Las Vegas, NV)

Exhibitor Marketing & Advertising Bridal Fantasy (Edmonton, AB)

Digital Marketing & Advertising Bridal Fantasy (Edmonton, AB)

TV Advertising Forever Bridal Productions (Raleigh, NC)

Radio Advertising Bridal Fantasy (Edmonton, AB)

Website Forever Bridal Productions (Raleigh, NC)

Image & Branding The Bridal Group (Calgary, AB)

Supernova Bridal Fantasy (Edmonton, AB)

Show Décor The Bridal Group (Calgary, AB)

Fashion Show $10,000-$20,000 Bridal Fantasy (Edmonton, AB)

Fashion Show >$20,000 Bridal Spectacular (Las Vegas, NV)

Gold Standard Bridal Spectacular (Las Vegas, NV)

Two other remarkable rewards should also be mentioned, as they are two of the highest honours in the bridal show industry. Our association suffered great loss with the passing of one of its best!  Buzz Gallardo was the essence of what the spirit of BSPi truly is.  He was a remarkable individual who instilled confidence in every person who encountered his infectious positivity.  This year the Buzz Gallardo Spirit of BSPi Award was awarded to Amanda Andrews!

Last, but certainly not least, is the Directors Cup Award, which is the highest and most prestigious recognition given in the industry, recognizing the industry’s single most outstanding producers who demonstrates professionalism, character, integrity and performance.  This year’s deserving recipient was Sue Deihl.

I was honoured to chair the star awards committee and would like to congratulate our winners! I look forward to serving this committee again in the coming year.


Bridal Show Producer International

Amanda Andrews

Star Awards Chair Director

Read More

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada announced as Bridal Show Producers International 2018 conference location.


Since established in 1996, BSPI continues to uphold it's mission to maintain and enhance the quality of Bridal Shows, for the benefit of exhibitors and the public, to encourage greater responsibillity to the community, to increase communications and integrity with exhibitors and fellow producers. To connect, develop resources, and gain inspiration in an environment of mutual support and camaraderie.

Save the date and join us in 2018 as we gather in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada at the Fallsview Marriott Hotel & Spa. Conferences are for bridal show producer members and associate members only, but prospects are always welcome to learn more and partner with Bridal Show Producers International.

Read More

Announcing BSPI’s Board of Directors for 2016-2018

by Laura DiGirolamo

The Bridal Show Producers International, BSPI, Board of Directors were announced at the BSPI Conference on Saturday, May 1, 2016 at Hyatt Regency Hotel in Greenville, South Carolina.

The BSPi board of directors is a dynamic group of 13 professionals comprising the heart of the association. Their extensive knowledge and experience in the bridal show industry aligns to form the most inspiring leadership team. To hold a board of director’s position, a member must be in good standing for a minimum of 2 years and must have attended at least one conference in the last 3 years.

Managing Director: Laura DiGirolamo, Forever Bridal Productions, Raleigh, North Carolina

Co-Managing Director: Marc Wheeler, Wedding Festivals, Inc., Greenville, South Carolina

Past Managing Director: Bill Heaton, Great Bridal Expo Group, Inc., Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Secretary: Sue Diehl, Visuelle Productions, New London, Wisconsin

Treasurer: Bruce Thiebauth, Bridal Fair®, Omaha, Nebraska

Ad Hoc Director: Brad Buckles, Buckles Group, Inc., Bellevue, Washington

Associate Member Director: Jerry Russo, Royal Prestige, Mt. Lake, New Jersey

Conference Agenda Director: Sal Richetti, Pittsburgh Bridal Showcase, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Communications Director: Russ Free, The Wedding Fair, Lincoln, Nebraska

Image and Branding Director: Debbie Mancini, Mancini Emcee & Sound Production Inc, Visalia, California

Member Relations Director: Amanda Andrews, Wedding Palace Bridal Show Ltd., Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Membership Director: Al Stelhik, Expositions West Inc., Beaverton, Oregon

Resource Director: Jack Griffin, Louisville Wedding Network, Louisville, Kentucky

Congratulations to the new board and continued success as they lead the organization with their continued dedication and commitment.

Read More