Wendy Jones, of Byron, is getting married at the end of March, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late for her to get ideas for her wedding.
Jennifer Brine, of Warner Robins, won’t be getting married until August 2014, after she finishes nursing school, but it isn’t too soon to get some ideas for her nuptials, either.
About 700 prospective brides, some with future grooms in tow, attended the third annual Georgia Bridal Bash on Sunday at the Wilson Convention Center.
The event, presented by ohbrides.com, allowed the couples to sample the wares of 65 vendors, who presented everything from wedding dresses and photography to catering and flowers. There were booths for videographers, DJs and wedding cake bakers.
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“The show is for the brides, but it’s also for any type of special event,” said Shondra Glover, who organized the event. “There are vendors here for functions other than weddings. But probably 80 or 90 percent of the people here are brides.”
Jones, who attended with her mother, Teresa, said she was mainly looking at table centerpieces that were on display. The women also looked at various types of floral arrangements.
“We’re looking at various color schemes,” said Teresa Jones, who added that Wendy is her third daughter getting married. “We looked at (displays) that had (Wendy’s) taste in colors. She loves pink.”
Wendy Jones said she favored a centerpiece display that was long and narrow, noting that she didn’t want a centerpiece that would block people from seeing each other across the reception tables.
Brine was at the event with her fiance, Gene Moore, of Warner Robins.
“I really like (the event),” she said. “It’s given me huge ideas, like what sort of linen I want.”
Moore said he didn’t mind missing the Atlanta Falcons’ NFL playoff game to go the bridal show, since he’s a New Orleans Saints fan and his team won Saturday night.
“The main thing is that I wanted a cupcake wedding cake,” he said, indicating a nearby booth. “You can’t beat Simply Cupcakes. We’re getting a lot of ideas.”
The show is equally important to the vendors, since it’s a simple way to reach a lot of customers at once.
It’s also a more personal way to reach them, said Jamie Jenkins, manager of Destiny’s Boutique in Centerville.
“With the economy the way it is, people are scrimping and saving the best they can,” she said. “A place like this brings people together and opens doors. It puts a face with the person you’re meeting. It’s a great networking event.”
Jenkins said her business was one of two boutiques at the show, so she had a good portion of the bridal gowns and bridesmaids dresses in a fashion show held later in the afternoon.
Jenkins said in addition to meeting potential customers, the event also allows her business to interact with other vendors who provide services that Destiny’s Boutique doesn’t, such as photography or makeup.
For vendors in the food industry, the event is a simple and direct way for couples to sample what they offer.
Amanda Meadows, owner of Amanda’s Cakery on Cotton Avenue, said she and her staff baked 400 samples of wedding cake, which were gone within two hours of the start of the event.
She said she finds a mix of customers, some who know exactly what style of cake they want and some who have no idea.
Meadows said she has had a booth at every one of the Bridal Bashes and that Sunday’s was the biggest by far.
“I’m so happy for the turnout,” she said. “It will help our business, and it will help someone getting ready for their wedding.”
To contact writer Phillip Ramati, call 744-4334.