Brides-to-be plan big day

Whether their wedding is in a few weeks, a few months, or more than a year, brides-to-be found a perfect planning spot Sunday – the Times-Republican Bridal Expo 2014 at the Best Western Regency Inn.

There was a booth for seemingly everything that goes into a wedding – including cake, dresses, tuxedoes, photography, facilities and more.

Samantha Mowrey, of Gladbrook, was in attendance as she is planning her Sept. 2015 nuptials.

“Everything is all together and it’s close to home,” Mowrey said of the expo.

Deanna Davis, assistant marketing director at the Times-Republican and show organizer, expected approximately 100 brides at the three-hour show with hundreds of others along to help the brides plan their big day.

Davis said the show featured 31 exhibitors all looking to attract the attention of the future brides.

“Brides can come in and they can make a lot of plans all under one roof or get some ideas and make calls later,” Davis said.

Shawn Carkhuff, owner of Cakelicious by Shawn, was exhibiting at his first expo and said he was making some good contacts. He could also feel the energy and excitement from the brides as they plan their big day.

“They are excited about getting everything ready,” Carkhuff said.

Bride-to-be Amy Thompson, of Cedar Rapids, said she found out more ideas than she ever imagined for a wedding.

“There’s lot of different stuff that you can actually do for a wedding,” Thompson said.

This was the seventh annual expo sponsored by the Times-Republican.

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