Thursday, October 2, 2014

Lynchburg Bridal Expo offers ideas

Produced by Capture It Events, LLC, the event exhibited many different options for weddings of future brides

VOWS —Katelyn Diehl, intern for the Clutch Magazine, helped give brides advice to make their dream weddings a reality. Photo credit: Jillian Springer

VOWS —Katelyn Diehl, intern for the Clutch Magazine, helped give brides advice to make their dream weddings a reality. Photo credit: Jillian Springer

When women are little girls, many dream of the day they will be able to slip into frilly white dresses and walk down the aisle into their prince charming’s arms. However, before that moment arrives, there is a vast array of tasks to accomplish, including selecting a venue, preparing invitations and deciding on a caterer.

The biannual Bridal Expo at the Holiday Inn in downtown Lynchburg, Va., Oct. 20 offered a variety of booths and helpful tips for brides planning their upcoming nuptials.

At the event, local brides connected with various bridal shops, cake artists, caterers, florists, premarital counselors, photographers, venue representatives, videographers and wedding magazine representatives.

Kim Jennings, owner and producer of the Lynchburg Bridal Expo, started the expo five years ago.

“I started this show because I saw the need for a quality bridals show in the area,” Jennings said. “The shows have grown by leaps and bounds every year and vendor spaces always sell out. This event hosts 65 of the areas finest wedding professionals.”

According to Jennings, the expo hosts two shows per year in February and October, and these shows always have record attendance. This show had 228 brides registered.

“The whole goal of the expo is to connect brides with quality wedding professionals,” Jennings said. “Brides can actually plan their entire wedding in one day just by coming and meeting with vendors.”
Brides who preregistered for the event were admitted for free, and brides who did not were required to pay $5 at the door.

One recently engaged bride, Camille Black, is planning her summer wedding and was seeking tips on venues in the area as well as catering.

“I have just started planning my wedding, and coming to this expo has helped me already decide on a location and a caterer that I would like to have,” Black said. “Every vendor is so helpful in offering tips and advice and with answering my questions.”

Black also had her fiancé Peter Wilson with her. According to Black, Wilson has a strong passion for photography. He attended the event with her to help decide on the best one.

“I have loved taking pictures since I have been a child,” Wilson said. “Thus, I wanted to help my fiancé (Black) select the best possible photographer to capture our special day with accuracy and precision.”

Each vendor at the event was willing and available to accommodate anxious brides by answering their questions and reassuring them that they would be the best fit for their special day.

Registered brides could also enter to win a free honeymoon giveaway and various vendors gave away door prizes to brides that stopped by their booths throughout the afternoon.

For more information on upcoming expos and wedding tips, brides can visit lynchburgbridalexpo.com or email info@captureevents.com.

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