With the 2014 Northwest Georgia Bridal Expo a little more than two months away, vendors and organizers are anticipating another successful showcase of local businesses and upcoming wedding styles.
The third annual show, which is scheduled for Feb. 23, 2014, will feature a new aspect, said organizer Maria Murray of Globe Trotters. The fashion show will be centered around a single theme: “circle of love.”
“It’s a theme for the fashion show. In the past we’ve had a fashion show with music and whatnot, but this year it’s going to be a circle of love starting out with a couple who’s previously been married and they’ve produced a couple of children,” Murray said. “So the children are going to come out. The next group of people to come out, oh, well, these children have grown up. They’re young ladies now. They’re out dating and whatnot.
“We’ll have some dresses from Belk department store — they’re going to participate in the fashion show also. So then after that we will have, oh my goodness, this girl just got a proposal and we’re going to say all of our vendors are here to help her choose what see needs for her wonderful day. Then we’ll start bringing bridal gowns out and things like that, and we’ll go back full circle again. As a result of this wonderful marriage, look what they have produced a couple of years later. … That’s what we call the circle of love. It’s got a little story this time.”
According to the expo’s website, www.nwgeorgiabridalexpo.com, today is the deadline for businesses to apply for booth space in the Clarence Brown Conference Center. However, Murray said she would continue to take applications until all the spaces are taken up.
“It will be some of the wonderful Cartersville businesses and we’re of course looking for more. We want Cartersville businesses to support this because it’s one of the reasons why we’re doing it,” she said.
Among the local businesses already signed up for the expo are Melissa and Co. Salon, Riley’s Menswear, The T.C. Show, Tie the Knot Boutique and the Cartersville Florist.
For Riley’s Menswear owner Melissa Porter, the show is a way to gauge the styles and trends that may be popular within the next year or two.
“It does, it does and then it helps us see kind of how many weddings are coming through for that specific year, or if it’s more they’re looking ahead for the next year. We get a lot of date ideas on what month’s going to be busier and it changes almost every year. One [year] it was June and this year it was October. We had anywhere from three to seven weddings a week in October. Not all of that is at the Bridal Expo, but it is fun to kind of see what you kind of plan for 2014, 2015 when you’re there,” she said.
Murray said the show pulls attendees mostly from the Bartow County area, but added some people have come from around Atlanta or Dalton as well. Porter mentioned she had talked to people from around Canton, Woodstock and Marietta.
“It’s nice to have and I think it’s fun to meet with the couples and see how many prospects there are out there in the wedding industry, for tuxedos or whatever the other businesses may have. I think it’s fun and it’s something that Cartersville definitely needed because otherwise you’re driving to Atlanta or Chattanooga or somewhere like that just to see some of this stuff. It’s a fun little fun day and you can just walk around and get ideas,” she said.
Melissa Porter of Melissa and Co. salon agreed.
“Yes, we love being a part of it. We take part in the fashion show every year to show the upcoming trends for weddings for 2014, and we love being a part of it. We have a rather large wedding business at my salon, so we feel it’s important to be a part of it,” she said.
Those interested in attending the expo may purchase tickets on the event’s website, www.nwgeorgiabridalexpo.com, for $6 a piece. Tickets are $8 at the door, cash only.
For vendors interested in being a part of the event, applications are available on the website or email Murray at email@example.com.