Kelly Gaskins Richmond County Daily Journal
August 22, 2013
Helping to make the wedding of your dreams a reality, the Piedmont Bridal Show is a regional bridal expo that showcases local wedding professionals and merchants, giving future husbands and wives and their family and friends the chance to check out local wedding resources.
The show will take place this Sunday, Aug. 25, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Richmond Community College’s Cole Auditorium in Hamlet.
“This will be an elegant, lovely event, and people should come regardless of when their wedding is,” said Sharon Nichols, show organizer. “It’s such a wonderful shopping experience that they can plan the entire wedding at the show, and there will be prizes given away to the brides.”
Vendors will include caterers, cake designers, bridal gowns, tuxedo stores, florists, photographers, musicians, DJs, travel agents, wedding consultants, bridal registries, dancing lessons, invitation professionals, ceremony and reception location representatives, lighting and décor designers, and specialty gift stores.
“It’s a great way for brides to meet different vendors at the same time,” said Jimmy McDonald of Jimmy McDonald Photography, Rockingham, and vendor at the Spring show. “The setup is convenient for the brides and the vendors, giving vendors the chance to mingle with one another.”
Admission is free and open to brides, grooms, friends, family, event planners, and general public.
According to Nichols, many local people who plan weddings often think they need to go to Raleigh or Charlotte to find everything they will need, and that is not necessarily the case.
Harley Norris of Harley’s Tuxedo and Gifts, Laurinburg, also attended as a vendor in the Spring show. He said, “I was excited to see the enthusiasm and excitement in the first show, and I hope it carries over to the fall show.”
Some of that excitement will stem from the chance to win prizes. Brides who attend will be entered into the prize drawings twice if they pre-register at the www.piedmontbridalshow.com.
“We have tried to cover all possible services and the vendors who are coming are excellent providers,” said Nichols. “This will be a fun afternoon and if you know anyone who is getting married, tell them to come.”
Sponsors for the show include: Richmond Community College, The Bridal Nook, Belk, Dorsett Printing, and WJSG 104 FM.
If you are a wedding professional and want more information on the show, contact Nichols at firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Staff Writer Kelly Gaskins can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 16, or by email to email@example.com