Marry Me!

Showcase features latest in details for bridal bliss

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By Suzy Smith
Blount Today

For a marriage to work, the couple needs to be a good fit. This rings true for businesses, too. So, it is no wonder the Flower Shop decided to partner with the Life Event Center for an upcoming bridal showcase. The owners of the two businesses said the match made perfect sense.

On Sunday, March 4, the Flower Shop is sponsoring the Marry Me! Bridal Showcase. More than 20 vendors will be on hand from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Life Event Center, 1404 Tuckaleechee Pike, Maryville.

Admission is free, and there will be goodie bags for each participant.

"We have a great facility, and we want people to know about it," said Sherrie Shuler, the floral and event services director. Shuler said the bridal showcase is also an opportunity to feature local talent who provide services to make a wedding day special.

The Life Event Center is a 5,000 square-foot facility with a double kitchen. It holds 400 people or 150 to 200 people for a sit-down dinner.

For the bridal showcase, a stage is going to be set up at the Life Event Center to demonstrate how the facility can be transformed to look like a chapel. A ballroom dance floor will be laid down so dancers, Jason Scott and Jodie Amos, can demonstrate that special first dance as husband and wife.

Wedding coordinator Lana Needham will have a workshop where she will answer questions about this special day. The showcases will rotate, giving participants a chance to visit several during the day.

In addition, weather permitting, there will be displays at "The Green" outside the center, where outdoor weddings can be held.

Throughout the bridal showcase, there will be a fashion show featuring wedding gowns, tuxedos, bridesmaids’ dresses and flower girl dresses from Brittney’s Bridal Boutique. Also, The Tanasi Winds, a woodwind quartet and vendor for the event, will be performing.

Dresses and music are just some of the decisions that engaged couples will contemplate when planning the perfect wedding.

"One thing about brides today is they are educating themselves on the options available and what’s out there," Shuler said. She said brides-to-be are using the Internet to research trends in wedding planning.

"We’re seeing more and more color for the bouquets," said Martha Gorley, wedding designer at the Flower Shop. Deep reds, oranges, blues and purples are just some of the colors popping up in wedding flowers. Another trend for floral bouquets is to add adornments such as crystal butterflies, rhinestones or pearls.

Gorley said many brides are selecting simple hand-tied bouquets and single stemmed flowers such as calla lilies for the bridesmaids.

Eye-catching colors are also becoming popular for bridesmaids’ dresses.

"We did a wedding where each girl was in the same color but were wearing body-type specific bridesmaid dresses," Gorley said.

Wedding favors are also becoming personalized, according to Shuler. Individual gift boxes and candies with initials are current trends for wedding parties.

All of the details that go into making the big day special take planning. Most engaged couples start making the arrangements more than a year prior to their wedding date.

Marry Me! Bridal Showcase is an opportunity to see exhibitor booths for every aspect of the wedding planning process. Brides-to-be can visit with representatives from:

  • Katie Kakes
  • McGuire Studio
  • Brittney’s Bridal Boutique
  • Candy Bouquet
  • Orchard Hill Food Services, Inc.
  • The White Table
  • Agape Wedding Designs
  • Hi-Tech Video
  • Maryville Jewelers
  • Cinderella’s Garden Preserved Flowers
  • Chef de la Andreas Chocolate Fountains
  • YTB Montgomery Travel Agency
  • Kathy’s Korner Custom Wedding Attire and Designs
  • Sheri Jane Ballroom Dance
  • Southern Style Wedding Directing and Consulting
  • Anderson Rental, Inc.
  • Mary Kay Cosmetics
  • Echo Brooke Farm Horse Drawn Carriages
  • The Tanasi Winds
  • The Flower Shop
  • The Life Event Center

    Blount Today is a media sponsor for the event.

A portion of the proceeds from the bridal showcase will support the Joshua Resource Center. It is a non-profit organization that reaches out to the emotional, spiritual and physical needs of women living in poverty.

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