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Worthington Event Center hosting bridal show on Sunday

WORTHINGTON — The Worthington Event Center will be the place to be Sunday for anyone in the region who happens to be planning a wedding.

The Event Center will host its annual Bridal Event, which is expected to feature about 40 vendors, from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The event formerly took place in the late winter, but is being presented in the fall for the second consecutive year.

This year’s Bridal Event will be different in at least one way, explained Tyler Knutson, general manager of Comfort Suites and Worthington Event Center.

“We’re actually not doing a style show this time,” Knutson said. “We’ve come to find that folks like to be able to see the dresses and take their time to look at them instead of getting just a quick view. The two gown places that we’ve had here — Blue Box Bridal (of Fairmont) and JSK Bridal (of Mountain Lake) take pride in their dresses, and we all just decided together that going back to having them as a centerpiece of the ballroom was a better way to go.”

When doors open for the Bridal Event at 1 p.m., there will be registration to win prizes from some of the participating vendors. Bottles of wine will also be given away throughout the afternoon, Knutson said.

“Some of our vendors, including our caterers, will have food as well as cakes and cupcakes, and we’ll also have a company that does cheesecake as dessert,” Knutson said. “There will be many samples to entice some of the brides-to-be and their parents to select them for the big date.”

Among the other vendors, Shear Expressions of Worthington will have models getting their hair done at a booth, while Sitt and Grinn Photo Booth will be set up for event attendees to have photos taken. Another highlight, Knutson said, will be the presence of vendors experienced with changing and enhancing ballroom spaces.

“The one we have here most often is Parties and Weddings Plus out of Mankato,” he said. “They will be setting up a design that they came up with for a ceiling, and this is specifically for the Event Center.”

The Bridal Event also will play host to a couple of DJs from the Sioux Falls area, including Sieff Style, who Knutson said has come to the Worthington show for the past two years. Knutson is also enthusiastic about the participation of Worthington business Kustom Threadz Embroidery.

“They do things for bridal showers and bachelorette parties where they do custom embroidery for brides and grooms, and we’ve seen them do things like can coozies for the bride and groom,” Knutson said. “They really do things outside the box and can really get creative.”

Knuston, who has been with the Worthington Event Center since its doors opened in 2013, said he’s anticipating between 300 and 350 people for Sunday’s event.

“Last year was the first time we had a fall show, as we hadn’t had the best of luck with Mother Nature when we’d had a different time,” he started. “Hopefully, with some good word of mouth from people who were here last year … we can get those numbers a little higher this year and make it a more successful event for everyone.

“It will be a good weekend, and hopefully people come out and enjoy themselves and walk away with some great door prizes that we’ll have to offer.”

Ryan McGaughey

I first joined the Daily Globe in April 2001 as sports editor. I later became the news editor in November 2002, and the managing editor in August 2006. I'm originally from New York State, and am married with two children.

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