Brides flock to Belton
Sunday, 29 April 2012 by Ashley Corn
Brides-to-be clutched the arms of their future husbands as they listened enthusiastically to each vendor at the Bridal Showcase speak of special offers and prizes they could win. With gifts ranging from a Mary Kay gift basket, or a free night at The Marriott Hotel, the guests were gleaming with excitement.
"Community is very important to me. This showcase has given me plenty of options and is helping me find local venues and photographers," said Melanie Moss, who is planning her wedding early for 2013.
On Sunday, the awaited Bridal Showcase was held at the Harris Community Center in Belton. Booths were set up from a variety of wedding vendors such as party planners, cake decorators, marriage counselors, caterers, jewelry sellers, gown and tuxedo stores, florists, and photographers from around the Central Texas area. The future brides were able to speak one-on-one with them to start planning their big day.
"My wedding is at the end of May, it's coming so fast!" said bride-to-be Vicki McDunn with a smile. "I have most of the things that I need for my wedding but I'm hoping that by the end of this I'll have a cake and florist. Not to mention a full head of hair. I'm pulling it out with all of this stress."
YOUphoria day spa, with locations in Belton and Salado, had pictures showcasing wedding hairstyles and makeup ideas. They also held a raffle for a free manicure, pedicure, and massage.
Photography vendors, including Justin Cox a local professional photographer with more than seven years of published experience and The Master's Image Photography located on Main Street in Belton. Master's Image had a mini photoshoot for guests that were willing. The photos were put on Facebook and the picture with the most likes by the end of April wins a $500 credit toward their Wedding Photography Package.
With samples of delicious sandwiches, dip, and cupcakes, Tastefully Simple had the crowd gathering at their booth wondering how it's even possible that everything is made with just two ingredients. Tastefully Simple offers a registry so all of the wedding guests can help fill up your pantry or the tables for the wedding reception.
Debbie Weicht from Pampered Chef had some words of wisdom for the brides-to-be on their wedding day.
"Make sure you eat a little before the wedding," Weicht said. "I know it's a hectic stressful day and you can forget, but you wouldn't want to get sick walking down the aisle. Nerves and an empty stomach don't go together."
Whether your wedding is a week from now or two years away, the Bridal Showcase was a success in helping brides prepare for the big day they'll never forget.