A day for brides: Event gives couples options, from the dress to the reception and everything between

WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington Event Center on Saturday hosted its third annual bridal event, during which local businesses gave advice, information and available wedding dates to brides and their families.

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Many vendors display their wedding wares Saturday at the bridal show in the Worthington Event Center. Tim Middagh/Daily Globe

WORTHINGTON - The Worthington Event Center on Saturday hosted its third annual bridal event, during which local businesses gave advice, information and available wedding dates to brides and their families. 

The first - and usually the most difficult - thing on a bride’s to-do list is saying yes to her dress. Blue Box Bridal of Fairmont was on hand to show the latest styles and dole out some advice.
“Don’t bring too many people,” said Michelle Morris, co-owner of the business, advising brides to bring only a few close friends and family when selecting a dress in order to create less confusion and stress.
As far as dress fitting goes, “try on a variety of shapes, and something you usually wouldn’t try,” said Karla Boettcher, co-owner of Blue Box Bridal.
Another item on a couple’s list - and frequently the first thing on the guests’ mind - is the food. Hi-Lo Restaurant and Catering of Lakefield was present at the event and serving food samples to the brides-to-be.
Sarah Mattila, an employee at the restaurant, said it’s important to take the guests into consideration when deciding on the food.
“Think about what’s going to make your guests comfortable,” she said. “If people are hungry, they get angry,” and no one wants an angry reception.
Entertainment is also a high priority for many couples in order to create a custom atmosphere. Jayden Thomas Entertainment was playing music at the event, and Thomas advised couples to book their entertainment and event early.
“The longer you wait, the more your selection goes down,” Thomas said.
Wedding planning can cause plenty of unnecessary pressure and tension for both the groom and the bride. Self-employed masseuse Gabriela Michelle Cordova suggests that a massage is what brides and grooms need to take away some of that stress.
“It’s a good way to take a step away from things - maybe even a girls’ night spa,” she said.
Getting her free massage at Saturday’s event was prospective bride Brittany Wiener, a scientist at Newport Laboratories. Wiener has dated her high school sweetheart for 10 years.
“We met when I was in high school,” she said with a smile.
Her fiancé, Mitch Mastbergen, is owner of Mastbergen Custom Countertops.

Mastbergen planned to propose during a planned trip to the Colorado mountains last May, but due to bad weather conditions, they never made it. Instead, he popped the question at one of their favorite restaurants, Lakeside Hideaway in Currie.
Weiner and Mastbergen don’t have any set dates, but Wiener was at the event “to get some ideas for our wedding.”
Whether a couple has set a date or not, stylish transportation should not be forgotten. Sean Enfield, owner of Boji Rides, suggests that couples book their transportation at least six to nine months in advance.
“The ride from the wedding to the reception is when everyone gets to relax a little,” said Jane Enfield, Sean’s mother.
After all the planning, the wedding and the tears of stress and joy, couples will look back at their wedding pictures and remember their wonderful and special day.
“The pictures are the only thing you can take back and reflect upon the wedding day,” said Valerie Meinerts, owner of Valocity Studios.
She advises couples to hire a professional who “will make sure every moment is captured perfectly.”
Professionalism was a common theme throughout the night at the 2016 Bridal Event. Nadine Malchow, owner of Hi-Low Restaurant and Catering, understands this aspect well.
“Choose professionals and people who are in the business, so that (couples) can relax and enjoy their special day with friends and family,” she said.

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