Meet The Bridal Spectacular Team:
Debra Hansen, President & Publisher
Debra has been intricately involved in the wedding industry starting over 45 years ago. Her family owned a bridal shop in Vero Beach, FL when she was a teen where she worked for several years. With just a few years deviation in careers like insurance sales, insurance investigator and ball room dance teacher, she then settled in Vegas in 1980. There she opened a wedding specialty flower shop in Las Vegas for 12 years while at the same time her husband, John ran a DJ company for 20 years. This background has made it possible for her to understand the needs of her vendors. Since 1991, she has produced Las Vegas' largest (in vendor size and bride attendance) bridal show. She has also been publishing Vegas' longest running wedding publication since 1990 having seen it grow and change with the times from its original name of Spectacular Wedding Planner to today's new look, size and name "Spectacular Bride".
As CEO of the company, Debra handles show promotion and marketing. She is often available on Facebook to chat with you about your business needs or send her an e-mail!
Debra has been a member of Bridal Show Producer's International as a charter member in 1996 and served on its board in all positions for 14 years. Her life long goal has been to service the wedding community by bringing the brides and the services they need together while doing business with honesty and integrity. She is also the mother of two grown children who work with her in the business and has been married for over 35 years to her husband, John Hansen. She is also now a grandmother and loving spending time with her grandson!
Laura Hansen: Vice President & Sales Manager, Art Director, and Fashion Show Production
Laura graduated from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff with a Bachelors Degree in Education as an Art Teacher. However, after graduation she decided to join the family business, Bridal Spectacular Events, Inc.. She has been working with her family since her teens producing Las Vegas' top bridal show and wedding publication Spectacular Bride Magazine. The Bridal Spectacular fashion show has won many international awards through Bridal Show Producer's International for their fashion shows. Laura is the fashion show coordinator and commentator. In addition, Laura, is now Vice President of the company and the Sales and Marketing manager. Laura got married in 2011 and is in the ideal position to give you feedback on what brides want and are looking for from wedding vendors. Laura and her husband Charles are now parents of little Charlie born in March of 2015. Laura would love to come meet and talk to you and show you how we can help you reach more brides.
Laura has also served on the board of Bridal Show Producer's International and Las Vegas Wedding Chamber of Commerce.
Ty Hansen: Web Master Developer and Show Production
Ty graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Web Development from University of Advanced Technology. He has grown up in the bridal show business, working at every show since he was 5 years old. He is an integral part of the production of every event. He developed our website with all of it's unique features including the live floor plan. He is currently living in Phoenix, where he is employed as a programmer for medical software, but flies back to be part of the team every January and July.
Joan Barge, Assistant Editor for Spectacular Bride Magazine and Customer Service
Joan joined the team in November of 2015 and is already a great asset to the company. She manages the project of putting Spectacular Bride together each year and is now also our Social Media manager and special project manager. In her spare time she is also a fitness instructor. She is married and has two children.
Christina Dapena, Production Assistant and Customer Service
Christina has worked with us at the shows for the past several years and now has joined our team full time. She will be assisting with all aspects of show production. She is married and has two children.
Photo Credits: Adam Frazier Photography Top and Bottom Photo by KMH Photography