Thursday, April 24, 2014

Lynchburg Bridal Expo to come

The biannual wedding-themed event will be held at the Holiday Inn

Hundreds of brides from Central Virginia will be in Lynchburg Sunday, Oct. 14, to attend the Lynchburg Bridal Expo, which is set to take place at the Holiday Inn in downtown Lynchburg.

Planning — Capture It Events is preparing for the fourth annual Lynchburg Bridal Expo. Photo provided

The expo is produced by Capture It Events as a connecting point between brides and vendors. Kim Jennings, owner of Capture It Events, said that the show is a chance for “brides to visit with vendors they have not booked.”

Vendors for this event are not in short supply. In past years, the expo has advertised as many as 60 vendors. Most of the vendors are from the Lynchburg area.

The expo is in its fourth year, with events taking place biannually. October and February are the months that play host to the expo, catering to all people no matter the season. The October event is targeted toward people who got engaged during the summer months, and the February event “targets brides (who) are newly engaged over the Christmas holiday and winter months,” Jennings said. “Typically, the October show is a little larger as far as bridal attendance,” she said, but the February show is not far behind. “We will see if the October show will pull ahead this year.”

The expo could easily be a one-stop shop for brides. In one day, they are given the chance to meet vendors for all things related to weddings.

“You will find every vendor there to plan your complete wedding,” Jennings said.
On the website for the event, lynchburgshows.com gives an overview of what will take place.

“From wedding venues to photographers, from caterers to florists, you will find every vendor needed to help with the biggest day of your life.”

Meeting vendors is the primary focus of the event, but there are many other things that brides and their guests can participate in.

“We will have lots of food and cake, music, a photo booth, bridal models and lots of door prizes, including a honeymoon,” Jennings said.

Fall carriage rides throughout downtown Lynchburg provided by the Lexington Carriage Company are another event for attendees.

Lynchburg is the prime location for an event like this because the city “is very rich with quality wedding vendors,” Jennings said. Lynchburg is not only rich with vendors, but brides are plentiful as well. “College girls make up a lot of the bridal attendance,” Jennings said.

In addition to the local college attendees, people from surrounding cities attend the event as well. South Boston, Roanoke, Charlottesville and Farmville are a few that have been seen in previous years, Jennings said. This makes for an estimated total of 500 brides and their guests.

This event was created with the vendors in mind. As a wedding photographer, Jennings has much experience in the wedding industry and knows firsthand what small business budgets are like. The event was envisioned as a “high quality show that allows vendors to participate without depleting their entire advertising budget in one event,” Jennings said.

The Holiday Inn is located at 601 Main St. in downtown Lynchburg. Admission is free for brides and $5 for any guests. For more information about the event, visit lynchburgshows.com.

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