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Bridal fair offers ideas and advice

Brian Korthals/Daily Globe Gown model Rachel Reese and flower girl Abbey Reetz walk down the runway during Saturday afternoon's 2011 Daily Globe Bridal Fair and Prom Extravaganza at the American Reformed Church in Worthington.8 / 8

WORTHINGTON -- Prospective brides -- and the occasional prospective groom -- were in search of ideas for their upcoming nuptials Saturday at the 2011 Daily Globe Bridal Fair and Prom Extravaganza at the American Reformed Church in Worthington. Twenty-five vendors were on hand to provide those ideas and offer up some advice for the couples, too.

"Be flexible," stated Michelle Morris of Blue Box Bridal, the Fairmont-based shop that provided the bridal and prom fashions for two style shows Saturday afternoon.

"Don't sweat the small stuff, and most things are small," advised disc jockey Barry Roberts.

Nadine Malchow of Hi-Lo Supper Club & Catering in Lakefield has worked with hundreds of couples in her years of doing weddings and noted that the one thing all couples have in common is "they all want their day to be very special and unique.

"When I work with my brides, I want them to be relaxed, enjoy the day and have the confidence of knowing that everything will be taken care of," continued Malchow. "But I also want them to have an experience that will be memorable, so my advice would be for them to let their personality show. You want people to be able to identify the couple through their reception, know that it belongs to that bride and groom through the foods and decor they choose."

Wedding planner and photographer Jessica Riordan, owner of Heavenly Weddings by Jessica based in Windom, took just a single word to express her bridal day advice -- "organization."

Angie Ford, a registered nurse from Lake Wilson with a passion for decorating cakes through her sideline business, Taylor'd Cakes, tells her clients to not put off the cake until the last minute.

"Book your cake more than a month before the date," said Ford, obviously speaking from experience. "I'm almost full for June already. Don't forget the cake. It often seems to one of the last things that gets taken care of."

It's also important to check out a vendor's qualifications and expertise before hiring them to do the job, noted photographer Tom Bruns of Images by Tom.

"Make sure your photographer has quality equipment and experience in photographing a wedding," Bruns said. "Don't rely on somebody who just bought a new digital camera to take pictures of your special day."

Tae Nordby of Main Street Kids of Worthington was on hand with an assortment of fashions for the youngest members of the wedding party -- the flowergirls and ring bearers.

"Enjoy the day and have fun with the planning," she said. "Don't be afraid to add your own unique ideas to make your wedding your own."

From Stephanie Wilde, proprietress of Say Anything ... Jewelry from Sioux Falls, S.D., came a similar philosophy regarding the bridal experience.

"My advice to a couple on their wedding day is to have fun and include all your quirks and ideas in your day. Don't be afraid to break with tradition," she said.

The wedding is, of course, focused on the bride and groom, but it's also important to pay attention to the people on the guest list, noted Julie Dillehay of Five Star Catering in Harris, Iowa.

"It is your day, but you also have to consider your guests and take care of your guests," Dillehay explained. "When you're supposed to be at the reception, be at the reception. Don't keep them waiting."

And when the wedding is over, the bride and groom need to take time to de-stress and spend time together, suggested Karen Bouwman of R and K Worldwide Travel based in Inwood, Iowa.

"Remember to spend quality time with the special person you are about to marry, not only just before or after the wedding, but for many years into married life," she said. "Spend time with each other and be there for each other in good times and in bad times. Take time to experience life as a couple."

"Be patient with each other," advised Fanta Anna Dopheide, representing Worthington Country Club.

Teresa Widboom, sales director with Mary Kay cosmetics, also offered a concise piece of advice for a couple to take into their married life together.

"Give and take," she stated. "Go out on dates."

Beth Rickers

Beth Rickers is the veteran in the newspaper staff with 25 years as the Daily Globe's Features Editor. Interests include cooking, traveling and beer tasting and making with her home-brewing husband, Bryan. She writes an Area Voices blog called Lagniappe, which is a Creole term that means "a little something extra." It can be found at  

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