From looking for the perfect photographer to capture moments of their special day, to finding a deejay that plays the best music, the 7th Annual Telegram Bridal show on Sunday offered something for everybody who soon will be walking down the aisle.

The “A Royal Affair” themed event at the Clarion Inn, 1911 Kansas Ave., featured various vendors ranging from bridal gowns, tuxedos, photographers, deejays, Realtors, financial institutions, venues, skin care, limo services, makeup, jewelry, wedding accessories, professional printing, wedding and reception rental supplies, gifts and more, drawing in about 300 people and 70 registered brides, according to DJ Gosch Richmeier, Garden City Telegram multimedia sales manager.

Brides-to-be who registered for the event also had the chance to win more than $700 in prizes, which ranged from wedding supplies and accessories, to flowers and gift certificates.

Cecilia Oropeza, one of the brides-to-be who attended the show, said her wedding date is scheduled for June 30.

Oropeza, who is engaged to marry Robert Dinkel, said the show gave her some good ideas as she prepares for her special day. She liked one dress in particular at the Beautiful Beginnings booth.

“It was like a dress, but instead of being open, it was like pants,” Oropeza said, noting that she isn’t big on wearing dresses.

Gosch Richmeier said the bridal show was open to more than just brides-to-be, and anyone could attend.

Maudi Reyes said she didn’t attend Sunday’s event because she is getting married, but just to get some ideas for deejays and photographers for her daughter’s quinceañera next year.

“I know there’s like a lot of those in town (photographers and deejays), but I want someone who is good and won’t be that expensive,” she said. “There are some good options here, and they look like they do good work, so I have some ideas.”

Reyes added that she thinks it is a good thing to host an event like a bridal show.

“People are always getting married, and this gives them stuff to look at and gives them options,” she said.

April Harmon, owner and photographer of April Harmon Photography in Garden City, said it was her fifth year having a booth at the bridal show.

Harmon, whose business will shoot wedding photos, newborn and senior portraits, as well as videography, said she had several inquiries from potential clients during the bridal show.

“It’s a great way to network with other businesses and meet with brides in person,” she said. “It’s nice to get to meet people face to face.”

This year marked the first time Beautiful Beginnings out of Great Bend had a booth in the bridal show.

“We’re excited to be here,” Jennifer Klepper, owner of Beautiful Beginnings, said. “We’ve had more and more girls from this area head to Great Bend for dresses, so we thought we’d check it out.”

Jennifer Gregg, bridal manager for the business, agreed.

“We find that a lot of our business comes from western Kansas, and so it’s best to come out to them and show them what we have available,” she said. “We’re a full-service wedding shop, so we do bridal gowns, tuxedos, bridesmaids, flower girls…. Plus, we offer prom dresses, too.”

Gregg said she had several people inquire about booking bridal appointments at their shop in Great Bend.

“I think it went really well,” Gosch Richmeier said of the bridal show. “We did have several vendors drop out at the last minute due to the flu and family obligations… We’ve chosen our date and theme for next year and are looking at changing things up a bit. We will be contacting our vendors to get their feedback on some new ideas.” 

Next year’s show will be Sunday, March 3, 2019, at the Clarion Inn, and the theme is Belle Élégance.


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