WORTHINGTON — The10th annual Daily Globe Bridal Fair and Prom Extravaganza features trendy new vendors this year, as well as everyone’s past favorites.
The show is slated for 12:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Worthington Event Center, which is hosting for the first time. Jackie Tentinger, event manager of the Worthington Event Center, said the festivities can only grow from here.
“I think it just makes sense that the show should be here,” Tentinger said. “I know the Bridal Fair and Prom Extravaganza was a big hit where it was previously held, but I’m really excited to showcase what we have.”
The Event Center hosted numerous weddings in summer 2013, and Tentinger said the facility is already booked every weekend for this coming summer.
“I think this year I’m going to let the space speak for itself,” she said. “There will be photos of previous weddings held here available for people to view, as well as our deals on the venue and rooms.”
Tentinger added that Worthington’s facility is one of the few in the area that has an event center with a hotel attached, which makes it convenient for weddings.
“I think it’s nice when you don’t have that added worry, and you’re not running all over town from place to place,” she said.
Monica Ackerman, co-owner of Sitt & Grinn Photo Booth in Hadley, is one of the new vendors this year.
“We’re a family-owned business, which I think makes us different than other photo booth companies,” Ackerman said. “We’re also different because we are handicapped-accessible, which in turn makes our booth bigger. We have fit as many as 20 people in a booth, so a whole bridal party can fit.”
Sitt & Grinn offers instant 4- by 6-inch photos printed on high-resolution quality paper that can have a customized thank-you message for guests on the photo, along with customization to a couple’s wedding colors.
“I think what also sets us apart is that we offer truly unlimited photos,” Ackerman said. “You’re not limited, so every one of your guests can have as many photos as they want. We also do customized scrapbooks and give the bride a flash drive of the photos so they can be reprinted.”
Ackerman also said the photo booths are not exclusively for weddings.
“We’ve done corporate events, anniversaries, and we’ve recently done proms as well,” she explained. “The kids just had a blast with the photo booth at prom.
“We’re really excited to come to Worthington and to be sticking closer to home,” Ackerman added.
In addition to the 20 booths at Sunday’s event, a bridal and prom style show is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
Michelle Morris, co-owner of Blue Box Bridal in Fairmont, discussed some of the new wedding gown trends that will be shown.
“Blush is such a popular color right now, so we will have a blush gown that will be displayed,” Morris said. “Also, a variety of lace dresses — a lot of brides are going toward that vintage look.”
Morris explained the importance of shopping locally and stressed that brides don’t have to go to metropolitan cities to find a quality dress.
“We have the same, if not better, availability and the same designers as some of the larger boutiques,” Morris said. “I think you get more of a personalized customer service as well.
“I know at Blue Box Bridal we have a small staff, so we all get to know the bride and bridesmaids really well,” she added.
Robyn Moser, sales associate at The Stag Clothiers in Worthington, is ready to show off brand new tuxedo styles on Sunday.
“I think the new style of tuxedos that feature different fits is really exciting,” Moser said. “We’re featuring a slim fit tuxedo, which is very popular right now, and we’re also showing a variety of colored tuxedos and vests for weddings and prom.”
The Stag carries tuxedos from Tip Top Tux, which will have representatives available for consultation at the bridal fair.
“It helps if you can see and feel the different textures of tuxedos to better fit your wedding or prom needs,” Moser said. “We really do encourage men to attend the event. I always say, ‘You’re going to be wearing the tux, you might as well have an opinion on it.”’
Daily Globe publisher Joni Harms is anticipating another successful event attracting people with assorted interests.
“This event has expanded to more than just the bridal couple,” Harms said. “A lot of people are catering parties for graduation, confirmation and birthdays.”
Tickets are still available for the Bridal Fair & Prom Extravaganza at the Daily Globe, 300 11th St., and The Stag Clothiers, 412 10th St. in Worthington. They will be available at the door.
To receive a special $1 discount, visit www.dglobe.com to get the online coupon.
Daily Globe Reporter Erin Trester may be reached at 376-7322.