Here comes the bride: Couples save the date for catering, cakes and celebration at the Worthington Event Center

WORTHINGTON -- The 2016 Bridal Event will take place Saturday at the Worthington Event Center, where brides and their grooms will say yes to dresses, catering, music and much more.

A local vendor shows off products on display during the 2015 Bridal Event at the Worthington Event Center. Ryan McGaughey/Daily Globe

WORTHINGTON - The 2016 Bridal Event will take place Saturday at the Worthington Event Center, where brides and their grooms will say yes to dresses, catering, music and much more. 

This is the third year that the Event Center will host the event, and each year brings new and different changes.
“I like to change things a little bit every year, and we’re still trying to see what is best,” said Jackie Tentinger, manager of the Worthington Event Center.
This year, the event will have a reception-style format to give couples a glimpse of their possible wedding locale.
“We want to show the brides and grooms what this place has to offer,” Tentinger said.
Part of the venue’s live reception experience is the evening lighting, which is why the event will start later than previous years, running from 4 to 7 p.m.
This year the Event Center has teamed up with the adjacent Comfort Suites Hotel to host the Bridal Event.
“The hotel is a huge part of why people choose us,” said Tentinger.
The entire first floor of the hotel, including the pool room, will be filled with local vendors and their booths.

The featured food vendors at the event, including Taylor’d Cakes and Hi-Lo Restaurant and Catering, will be arranged for the reception-style event. Couples and their families will be given the opportunity to sample food and view catering and cake services.
Other local business that will be represented are DJ Jayden Thomas, The Stag Clothiers, Blue Box Bridal, Boji Rides, Parties and Weddings Plus, Sitt and Grinn and Valocity Studios. These business range from photography to music to decoration services. Tentinger understands that many couples aren’t aware of local wedding businesses and said she hopes to help build connections Saturday evening.
The main attraction this year is a $1,500 giveaway. Brides will be able to sign up for the grand prize during the event, and the lucky bride will be announced on Facebook sometime afterward. The prize money can be applied toward any event at the Worthington Event Center.
Tentinger invites engaged couples and their friends and family to come to the Bridal Event Saturday. Even if couples don’t book their reception with the Worthington Event Center, she still hopes that they find a few great local vendors to utilize for their nuptial celebration.
“It’s something for everyone, and we just want everyone to have a good time,” she said.

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