A ‘marry’ occasion

The 11th annual T-R Bridal Expo was a crowd pleaser

T-R PHOTO BY SARA JORDAN-HEINTZ The 11th annual Times-Republican Bridal Expo was held Sunday afternoon at the Best Western Regency Inn. A total of 19 vendors from all over Central Iowa were on hand, ranging from D.J.’s, bakeries, videographers, floral shops, tuxedo rentals, invitation printers, reps from reception/wedding venues and more. Free samples of cake and cupcakes were a popular feature.

Wedding ideas, tips, samples and camaraderie were all offered during the 11th annual Times-Republican Bridal Expo, held Sunday afternoon at the Best Western Regency Inn.

A total of 19 vendors from all over Central Iowa were on hand, ranging from D.J.’s, bakeries, videographers, floral shops, tuxedo rentals, invitation printers, reps from reception/wedding venues and more.

“I was looking for decoration and centerpiece ideas,” said bride-to-be Kellie Robbins. “I already have the bigger stuff booked for my wedding, so I came to the expo to work on the smaller details.”

Each future bride was gifted a “swap bag” at the admission table, filled with a variety of coupons and product samples.

“We feel really good about the turnout,” said T-R Assistant Marketing Director Deanna Davis-McGowan. “Some of the vendors made some bookings, and we had a nice traffic flow of brides and their families.”

The T-R sponsored two prizes: an overnight stay for two at the Woodland Bed & Breakfast, and an overnight stay at the Best Western Regency Inn. In addition, various vendors offered their own raffles, at their booths.

“I came to this last year — I got engaged last year — and it’s nice to see the different vendors and choices,” said Roxanne Aswegan.

Derek Schwartz of Complete Wedding + Events, based in Des Moines, said this was his second year participating in the expo.

“The size of this expo allows us to have more one-on-one rapport with clients, instead of just handing out pamphlets,” he said.

For ladies whose big day is fast approaching, the bridal expo allowed the opportunity to chat with vendors they’ve already booked.

“I’m getting married in May, and my mom and I wanted to come and check in with the vendors we’ll be using to ask some last minutes questions,” said Jade Musgrave.

Admission was free, and the event was open to the public.

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Contact Sara Jordan-Heintz at 641-753-6611 or sjordan@timesrepublican.com