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Local bridal showcase serves wedding needs

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Newspaper stages annual event

By Kelly Cantrall

Soon they will don white gowns, but on Sunday their impending nuptials were designated with hot pink stickers that declared, “I’m the Bride.”

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Bridal Showcase 2013, sponsored by The News-Enterprise, brought engaged women and couples from around the area to peruse what the community has to offer in terms of food, venues, attire and ways to look one’s best.

Vendors ranged from those that offer traditional white gowns to more modern ways to prepare for the big day, such as the It Works! skinny wraps. The herbal wraps can be placed around any part of the body and are meant to shed a few inches, which can be kept away for up to six months, according to the product vendor.

Kim Touchton with It Works! said this was the first time they appeared at Bridal Showcase, but said she enjoys attending bridal fairs.

“They always go over really well,” she said.

For women who want to be at their most beautiful on their wedding day, the wraps prove popular at the shows.

“We always get a ton of interest from brides,” she said.

Another new vendor at the Bridal Showcase was Magical Day, a wedding coordinating service out of Lexington. Brianna Kaldenbach said she was interested in reaching out to the Hardin County area. Kaldenbach said the do-it-yourself bride, who creates a lot of the wedding items herself, and women who want a destination wedding are two of the most common trends in weddings now.

Kaldenbach said the wealth of ideas that can be found in magazines has birthed the DIY wedding trend, while the destination wedding is an avenue to move away from a traditional ceremony.

“A lot of brides want to rebel against the idea of a big wedding and stress,” she said, and opt to get married on a beach or some other far-away location.

Like the vendors, there were a variety of brides on hand Sunday. Some were new to planning, like Cassandra Cox of Hodgenville.

Cox still is more than a year off from her wedding, and she said while planning “doesn’t seem that hard,” she admits she’s only begun considering ideas. And ideas were what she was searching for this weekend.

“(I’ve) never planned a wedding before,” she said, laughing.

Other brides, such as Jessica Gribble of Buffalo and Heather Nagy of Elizabethtown, were further along in their preparation. Gribble and Nagy are getting married within a month of each other later this year, and are both bridesmaids in each other’s weddings. Nagy said the women mostly wanted to check out catering companies at the showcase.

They both agreed planning hadn’t been too stressful because they had a lot of time. Gribble said it’s been helpful to go through it with a friend.

“We kind of just feed off each other for ideas,” she said.

Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747 or kcantrall@thenewsenterprise.com.