Sunny skies and warmer temperatures welcomed hundreds of area residents to the 2013 Tillsonburg News Bridal Show at the Belgian Club in Delhi on Sunday.
Prospective brides, grooms, friends and family members took in the newest trends, styles, colours and wedding decor during the annual event, co-sponsored by the Tillsonburg News and Helsdon Photography.
“The weather held out for us, Friday it was dicey but today is nice and there’s a good crowd,” said Jeff Helsdon. “The show’s been a great success.”
The annual bridal show featured several ideas, services and options a bride and groom need to prepare for their big day.
“There’s a wide variety of vendors here, everything from wedding cakes and goodies for the guests, to decorating ideas, accommodations, halls and facilities. It’s a good turnout,” he added.
Many of the vendors Sunday promoted special bridal packages to make the bride’s trip down the aisle an unforgettable one.
“We have a full line esthetics, we also do teeth whitening, spray tanning, both make-up and hair as well, said Kim Follington of Embrace Hair Salon and Spa in Waterford. “We have everything you need.”
Area businesses on hand also helped brides and grooms to-be decide between popular colours and trends this upcoming wedding season.
“I’m finding more of the mint greens, more of the pastels back into the Lemony yellow and burlap – burlap is very popular as well as feathers,” said Lisa Stefan with Celebration Event Rentals in Simcoe. “And a lot of bling – brides like bling and crystals.”
Another popular trend this year Stefan noted, is something called ‘cake pops’.
“It’s a great idea,” she said. “It’s a cake ball on a stick and you coat it with chocolate. You can also give them out as gifts for your guests - your wedding favour ideas and you can also incorporate it into your centre piece ideas as well.”
One important item not to be overlooked for a wedding is food - a good meal to top off celebrations for the big day.
“We’re famous for our fish, we do our Craig’s fish, and we do rotisserie chicken and then we do prime rib carved at the table. That’s really what’s popular,” said Lauralee Craig of the Mill Tales Inn in Tillsonburg, a popular spot for wedding receptions. In addition to the food, the right reception hall can provide the perfect ambiance for a wedding.
“They like the outdoor venue, they like being in the open near the water.
For us, they like the rustic setting and I think they’re finding that people are wanting to be more relaxed but yet, have a nice elegant meal,” she added.
One bride to-be, Anna-Jo Petker of Simcoe, was out shopping for ideas and perhaps a deal or two, for her special walk down the aisle this September.
“I don’t have a lot planned yet so I’m pretty open to ideas right now,” said, Petker. “We have two kids together and we’ve been together fifteen years so we’re trying to do it at a low cost.”
The fashion show by Sew Stylish Wedding Works in Ingersoll was a big help to Petker in choosing a style of wedding dress for her big day.
“I’ve had some ideas, but it solidified some things that I like,” Petker concluded.