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Annual Bridal Expo to take over Gainesville Civic Center
Brides-to-be can find wedding vendors at Sunday event
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23rd annual Bridal Expo

When: 12:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25

Where: Gainesville Civic Center, 830 Green St. NE, Gainesville

Cost: $5

More info: www.gainesville.org/special-events or 770-531-2680

Here comes the Bridal Expo.

Whether you are a future newlywed or member of an entourage, Gainesville’s 23rd Annual Bridal Expo will have plenty of ideas to help get the bouquets tossing when it arrives Sunday, Jan. 25, at the Gainesville Civic Center.

The yearly event is the area’s largest bridal show, bringing together everything from disc jockeys to cake bakers to salons to florists under one roof for brides to peruse.

“We have a good variety this year,” Gainesville Civic Center manager Brenda Martin said of this year’s collection of vendors.

Martin has organized the Bridal Expo since its inception 23 years ago.

After doors open at 12:30 p.m., patrons can look forward to a bridal fashion show at 2 p.m. A question-and-answer session is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. to answer “any questions a bride might have.”

In the past, the expo has welcomed an average of 500 people with 200 begin typically brides.

Visitors may choose from a plethora of samples and vie for door prizes. Grand prizes will be awarded to a few lucky participants. Past grand prizes have included honeymoons to St. Thomas and Antigua.

As well as welcoming old favorites, the expo will usher in some new faces this year.

“I have some new venues in the local area (coming),” Martin said. “We have some different (disc jockeys) and music this year than we’ve had before.”

If any future brides are looking to tone up before their big day, the Bridal Expo will have something for that as well.

“I’ve got also some health and fitness and nutrition people (who) are coming,” Martin said.

The ability to chat face-to-face with whoever will be holding the reins on a bride’s big day is the expo’s ultimate plus, an arrangement that works out best for all involved.

“A lot of the brides or the mothers will say it’s nice to be able to meet the venders one-on-one in the different areas, so when they go back home and look through their information they’ll say ‘I like this person, I’ll give them a call,’” Martin said. “All the vendors will tell me they pick up business from the show.”

For more information, visit www.gainesville.org or call 770-531-2680.

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