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Couples walk the aisles of Marietta Bridal Show to plan their perfect day

The “Parade of Fashions Style Show:” featured the latest trends in wedding attire. (Photo by Doug Loyer)

MARIETTA — The annual Marietta Bridal Show held Sunday in Marietta College’s Dyson Baudo Recreation Center helped those who are planning a wedding with a one stop event.

Since 1974, the show has helped those who are getting married to get connected with vendors that can make their wedding dreams become a reality.

This year’s show featured 66 vendors offering professional wedding products and services ranging from caterers, cosmetics, jewelry, musicians, bridal and tuxedo rentals, cakes, photographers, videographers, photo booths, disc jockeys, entertainment, reception and wedding sites, rental and event companies, gifts and favors, florists, wedding planners, transportation, travel agencies and wedding coordinators.

“We had 200 brides pre-register and we know that there will be more today,” said Lori Hanson of Hansons Enhancements Photography who is in her third year of coordinating the event. “I love this show. It’s a lot of work to get it organized, but it’s always exciting when the wedding comes.”

Hansons Enhancements Photography and Premier Productions Entertainment were co-sponsors of this year’s Marietta Bridal Show.

One of the fountains at the Unique Flower and Gift Shop booth had Ranch dressing for dipping. (Photo by Doug Loyer)

“We offer DJ services, a mirror booth, photo booth, flower walls, pipe and drape, lighting, chairs, tables and a little bit of everything, even indoor sparklers,” said Mike Bishman, owner of Premier Productions Entertainment.

Bishman said it is rewarding to help wedding visions come true.

“It’s amazing to do this,” said Bishman. “It is their special day and just to be a part of that is an honor. We take it very seriously because we want them to be happy. We don’t want them to have to worry.”

The Marietta Bridal Show had two Grand Prize baskets this year, one online and the other at the show. Each basket was valued at $1,700.

Again this year, the “Parade of Fashions Style Show” was held on the top of the hour for three consecutive hours. Jillian’s Formal Wear and Horner and Harrison were the two vendors that exclusively modeled wedding fashions.

Theo’s Catering featured a large spread of food at the Marietta Bridal Show. (Photo by Doug Loyer)

“Their wedding is one of the most exciting days of their lives,” said Jill Jones of Jillian’s Formal Wear. “We want to help them put their ideas together and bring them to life. It’s really fun for us because there is really a wide range of people. Some are right out of high school and some are getting married for the second time. We like the variety of customers. You get some insights into their lives and help them prepare for one of the biggest days of their lives.”

“We’re showing all of the different styles and trends,” said Michael Roten of Horner and Harrison. “We have anything from the traditional black tuxes to grey plaids. We consider ourselves the experts giving you the proper fit and the best selection, plus great prices and service.”

“We’re a full-service caterer,” said Wendy Voytko of Theo’s Restaurant. “Theo’s has been a family-owned business by the same family since 1931. We provide anything from hot dogs to prime rib and anything in between.”

The Little Stir Bakery has been open for almost 18 years.

“We do cakes, brownies, cupcakes and cookies,” said Cynthia Morris. “Right now, for 2020, the brush stoke look and geometric shapes for cakes are going to be popular.”

“We do fresh cut, artificial and rental items such as fountains,” said Cheryl Lang, owner of Unique Flower and Gift Shop on Front Street in Marietta.

“We’re a full-service florist, so we offer whatever customers may be thinking,” said Lang. “We’ll make sure we give them the wedding that they want. It’s wonderful to help them. To me, it’s a big joy.”

Brooke Shockey and her mother Tammy Shockey, of Parkersburg, were getting information from vendors at the show Sunday.

“I’m getting married in October,” said Brooke. “It’s relieving to look around. I feel a little relaxed to get my feet wet.”

“This event is a great place to come and get some ideas,” agreed Tammy. “We’re looking forward to the fashion show to see the different style dresses. We’re excited.”

Sydney Beavers and her mother Jody Beavers, of Marietta, were also checking out the vendors.

“We’re in the very early stages, we haven’t done much yet,” said Jody. “This is bridal show is very helpful.”

“I’m getting married on July 4th,” said Sydney. “We’re gathering information and everyone here has been so helpful. It’s super nice to be able to come in here and kind of look around and say, ‘This is what I want,'” said Sydney.

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