Vendors at Marietta Bridal Show cater to Mid-Ohio Valley couples
MARIETTA — The annual Marietta Bridal Show was held Sunday in Marietta College’s Dyson Baudo Recreation Center. The event has been held since 1974.
Lori Hanson of Hansons Enhancements Photography was this year’s organizer for the first time.
“This event helps people make plans for their weddings,” said Hanson. “I try to have a diversity of strong wedding vendors in the community. I feel that we have the best of the best here and that we have a really strong bridal show.”
The show exposed those planning a wedding with some of the leading wedding professionals in the area. Vendors included wedding accessories, caterers, cosmetics, jewelry, musicians, wedding registry, bridal and tuxedo rentals, day spa, cakes, personal wedding websites, photographers, videographers, photo booths, disc jockeys, bands, ceremonial sound rental, reception and wedding sites, sternwheelers, rental and event companies, gifts and favors, florists, wedding planners, health and wellness, transportation, travel agencies and wedding coordinators.
A Parade of Fashion was held hourly during the bridal show as well as hourly door prize drawings and a grand prize drawing worth over $1,500.
“We have the Riviera barge and the Valley Gem Sternwheeler as well,” said Heather Sands, general manager of the Valley Gem. “The Valley Gem can go out on the river and we can offer a full ceremony and the works down to the reception. It can be customized to whatever the bride and groom want. You can have cake, champagne, toast … you can even be married by the captain.”
Chris Kiggans, manager of Two Peas in a Pod Florist, said, “We’ve had a lot of brides come in today and see what we offer. Each couple is different and we try to help their vision come true.”
Two Peas in a Pod also offers wedding transportation with old Packard cars owned by Bill Peoples for those who arrive in style.
Michelle Miller said Event Designs and DJ Associates are sister companies that offer chairs, dance floors, lighting, drapes, photo booths and DJ services. They have grown throughout the years.
“This is a wonderful event,” said Miller. “It’s the oldest show in this area.”
The room was filled with beautiful music performed by The Trillium Piano Trio who performs at weddings and special events. The trio consists of piano, violin and cello.
“We’ve been performing together for 20 years,” said Cynthia Puls, one of the members. “This is Lori’s first year organizing this and she is doing a fantastic job.”
Victoria West, owner of the Gift Gallery of Vienna, had a display of specialized balloons.
“We want to show that balloons are not what people used to think of. Now, balloons are decor and you can make quite a statement with them,” said West. “I’m excited about getting in front of not just brides but anyone that would have a need to celebrate.”
Michael Roten, Formal Wear Manager at Hornor and Harrison, said they are have tux, suit and shoe specials for customers to take advantage of. They are proud to say they have personalized custom service the big box stores can’t offer.
There were vendors covering all the bases at the Marietta Bridal Show.
The Crazy Cake Cafe in Vienna specializes in small depression-era style recipe cakes that now offer about 30 different flavors.
“This is our first time here, we’re excited,” said Anita Kesner of the Cambridge Elks who offers catering. “It’s nice to offer catering for weddings, we enjoy it.”
And for those rustic weddings, you can rent Jack Daniels barrels through Back Porch Burlap & Barrels.
“This event is really nice. There are a lot of vendors, a lot of information is available and you can take it home with you,” said Lori Ice, of New Martinsville, whose daughter Rachel is getting married in November. “Everyone is nice and helpful.”
Rachel Ice, of Belpre said, “This is big, I’m enjoying it. I’ll have to go home and look over everything.”
“This has showed me a lot of options that are available,” said Katie Johnson of Columbus, who is originally from this area and will be getting married this year. “I didn’t know some of these places existed.”
Her mother, Kim Johnson, said, “I think this event helps make me la little less nervous. Knowing this is all available makes this less hard than I thought.”