2009 Bridal Show is a big successWORTHINGTON — Hundreds of people gathered at the 2009 Daily Globe Bridal Fair & Prom Extravaganza Saturday at American Reformed Church, nibbling caterers’ samples, talking flower arrangements and watching two fashion shows, one for bridal wear and another for prom fashion.
WORTHINGTON — Hundreds of people gathered at the 2009 Daily Globe Bridal Fair & Prom Extravaganza Saturday at American Reformed Church, nibbling caterers’ samples, talking flower arrangements and watching two fashion shows, one for bridal wear and another for prom fashion.
“It’s a beautiful day and we’ve seen a lot of people come through here,” said Jan Johnson, a caterer with the Hi-Lo Club in Lakefield.
The Hi-Lo Club’s display featured a chocolate fountain with pink-tinted white chocolate and strawberries and cookies for dipping, as well as party décor for graduations, weddings and tailgate parties.
Johnson explained the white chocolate could be tinted many colors to match almost anything a prospective bride or party planner could want.
The pink may have been the best color to offer as an example for party planners, because many of the gowns featured in the style show by The Stag Clothiers and Elegant Affair were a vibrant pink. Deep cranberry colors also seemed popular, along with more subdued gowns in brown and black.
The bridal and bridesmaid gowns showed a wider variety of silhouettes than they had in previous years, though sashes and bows seemed popular and asymmetrical elements were also common.
Seats filled up quickly as the bridal style show began, with harpist Marcella Dowie providing the music, and some people ended up standing behind the chairs in order to get the best possible view. Dakota DJ’s provided music for the prom style show.
“We’re looking for different wedding vendors,” said Melanie DeKruif of Logan, Iowa, who will be married July 18 this year. “We got a few ideas.”
“Really good ideas,” said Fonda DeKruif, Melanie’s mother. “Food ideas and decorating ideas, jewelry — and we saw some nice wedding dresses.”
The DeKruifs particularly enjoyed the style show, even though Melanie had already chosen a gown for her own wedding.
Ideas for parties and events could be found everywhere at the fair.
Royal Limousine, Inc., Stagecoach Luxury Lines and Split Rock Carriage Services offered opulent transportation options for weddings, proms and special events.
Shear Expressions and Hairstyling on Main showed hairstyles and both styled models in the fashion show.
Caterers offered a wide variety of food samples, from Hy-Vee’s wedding cake, cheese, fruit and vegetable platters to Brian’s Supper Club of Fulda’s prime rib sandwiches on butter buns, and 5 Star Catering’s potato salad and chicken salad croissants.
Main Street Kids showed part of its collection of formal wear for children. Stacey’s Country Boutique displayed flower arrangements and centerpiece options. Definition Studio, Images by Nicole and Inspired Portrait Photography offered plenty of portrait options for prospective prom-goers and bridal parties.
R&K Worldwide Travel, Textile Treasures, the Historic Dayton House and Johnson Jewelry also attended the event. Silpada and Cookie Lee offered jewelry opportunities, and along with Pampered Chef, showed plenty of gift-giving options.
“My caterer was here and I wanted to see what she was up to, and we wanted to get tuxes from The Stag and just check out some vendors,” said Emily Voss of Bloomington, who will be married May 30.
Emily attended the fair with her mother, Cheryl Voss of Lakefield.
“It’s just kind of nice to be able to look things over before you make any final decisions,” Emily said.
A photo gallery and video of the 2009 Daily Globe Bridal Fair & Prom Extravaganza will be online Tuesday at www.dglobe.com.