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Bridal Fair set for Saturday

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FAIRMONT -- When Blue Box Bridal opened on Dec. 8, 2010, in Fairmont, owners Michelle Morris and Karla Boettcher thought their first year of business would be a slow one.

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After merely two months, Morris and Boettcher couldn't be more pleased with the clientele they have established in their business' short tenure.

"We weren't quite sure what to expect with this being our first year," Boettcher said. "We were told this would be a quiet year, but we've already seen a lot of people for both summer and fall."

Blue Box Bridal will also be one of the 25 vendors showcasing their products at the 2011 Daily Globe Bridal Fair and Prom Extravaganza.

With the many details of coordinating a wedding, brides can enjoy one less hassle when they turn to Blue Box Bridal for all of their nuptial needs.

"Being local eases people's busy schedules," Morris explained. "It cuts down the travel time people in the area have to make. They can make several trips to our bridal store to get everything they need for a wedding."

Blue Box Cridal currently offer an array of bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses, mother-of-the-bride dresses, flower girl dresses, shoes, accessories and tuxedo rentals.

As business continues to expand, Blue Box Bridal plans to offer wedding and event planning, decorating services, linen rentals and more.

"We want to be a full service bridal boutique," Boettcher said.

Blue Box Bridal will also participate in the Sweetheart Sale from Feb. 5 to 12. Brides are eligible for a discount when they purchase any gown from the Alfred Angelo collection.

Attendees of Saturday's Daily Globe can expect to see "some beautiful styles and a wide variety of color," Morris added.

From exquisite cakes to jewelry and floral arrangements, attendees can view every aspect of making any event a success.

"This event has expanded much more than to just the bridal couple," said Joni Harms, Daily Globe publisher. "With people's busy lifestyles, catered parties for graduation, confirmation and birthdays have become the norm. Several of our food booths will feature their prized food offerings, with attendees getting to enjoy these samples."

But you don't have to be a bride to enjoy the many exhibitions at the Bridal Fair and Prom Extravaganza.

"It appears we have a great line-up of prom dresses, as well," Harms added. "I'm hoping the high school students take advantage of the runway viewing showing the latest fashions. Prom is right around the corner."

The 2011 Daily Globe Bridal Fair and Prom Extravaganza will be Saturday at American Reformed Church, Worthington. Booths will display from 12: 30 to 4:30 p.m. The bridal show will begin at 2 p.m. and the prom show will follow at 3 p.m.

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