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Brides-to-be prepare for walk down aisle at expo

The Parthenon

Published: Monday, January 28, 2013

Updated: Monday, January 28, 2013 11:01

WKEE-100 FM had its Bridal Expo at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

This expo showcased the latest in bridal wear and formal attire, decorations, photography and catering.

With all her wedding needs under one roof, senior public relations major Lakin Turner said it was nice to see all of the wedding options even though she has booked most of her wedding needs already.

“I really enjoyed being with my best friends and getting different ideas for my wedding in August,” Turner said.

Katie Wright, senior history major, said she did some planning before the expo. Her wedding date is set for Oct. 10, 2015 so she did not book anything at the expo.

“I enjoyed having the easy accessibility to all the items needed to plan a wedding. I particularly loved the photo booth,” Wright said.

Rose Tree Boutique and Lara’s Bridal and Formals showcased their newest attire in an hour-long fashion show.

Pauletta Clay, Marshall alumna and co-owner of Lara’s Bridal and Formals, said she has been attending the bridal expo ever since it began over 20 years ago.

Clay said Lara’s offers everything a bride and her bridal party needs for her special day.

“We offer not only bridal gowns but apparel for the entire bridal party,” Clay said, “We also have Mother of the Bride gowns, head pieces, shoes and jewelry.”

Planning is the key to getting married, Clay said.

“You can have a quick, thrown together wedding, but I would suggest planning a year in advance,” Clay said. “It can sometimes take up to six months to order a gown.”

John Kelley, manager of C.F. Reuschlein Jewelers, said the main focus of their time at the expo is talking to potential customers and making sure they are prepared for their special day.

Representatives of Reuschlein have been attending this expo for 22 years and Kelley said that is the reason Reuschlein stands out from other jewelers.

“We’re focused on quality customer service. We repair jewelry in house, so you’re not having to send off your jewelry and wait six months for it,” Kelley said.

Reuschlein also offers a 10 percent Marshall discount.

Turner said a great deal of planning goes into a wedding and she was comforted meeting other brides at the expo who were going through the same thing she was.

“I have quite a bit left to plan now that I am down to about six months. It was very encouraging to see so many brides who are feeling the exact same way as I am,” Turner said.

WKEE-100 will have another bridal expo in June. The date has not yet been set.

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