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  • Bridal Spectacular a one-stop bridal shop

  • The lower level of Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium was a one-stop shopping opportunity for future brides Saturday for the Pittsburg Morning Sun 2013 Bridal Spectacular and Fashion Show.



    In fact, the lower level was itself one of the vendors, because it is a frequent location for occasions of all kinds.

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  • The lower level of Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium was a one-stop shopping opportunity for future brides Saturday for the Pittsburg Morning Sun 2013 Bridal Spectacular and Fashion Show.
    In fact, the lower level was itself one of the vendors, because it is a frequent location for occasions of all kinds.
    “All week this week I have booked so many events, including weddings,” said Terri Steele, auditorium administrative assistant. “Phone calls have been coming in, and I’m already booking weddings in 2014. People are planning their weddings at least one to two years out.”
    And not everybody wants to have their event in the lower  level. Steele reported that the stage can also be rented.
    “I think one of our strongest points is our staff,” she said. “We have set-up guys who have worked here forever, and when your reception is over, you take your stuff and leave. We clean up.”
    One of the longest term bridal show attendees is Sekan’s Occasion Shops, Fort Scott.
    “We’re one of the premiere ones,” said Lonnie Banwart. “We were participating in the bridal show when it was held out at Pittsburg State University. They had it at night, and you couldn’t park very close. Then they had it at Meadowbrook Mall for a while.”
    Banwart’s establishment offers decorating items, both fresh and silk flowers, invitations, cake decorating supplies and a rental line of tuxedos, bridesmaid’s dresses and even wedding gowns.
    One of the newest items is a LED light with a tiny fan which looks exactly like a flickering candle, with none of the dangers associated with candles. It comes in several sizes, with a remote control.
    “We got that at a showroom in Dallas,” said Russ Gordon. “The fire marshal wrote the lady up who was selling it for having an exposed flame. If  you can fool a fire marshal, you’re pretty good.”
    “New LED technology has really changed decorating,” Banwart added.
    Brand new at the bridal fair was Steve Robb with his new business, Banners4Hire.
    “This is a hobby that turned into a business,” Robb said. “I had been doing banners at PSU games. My banners are made in Bali, and each one is just a little different, depending on who sewed it.”
    The banners come in a variety of colors, and Robb can put lights of them if somebody wants that.
    “The banners can go up to 20 feet,” he added. “We kind of had to scrunch everything down here.”
    Not new in business, but new at the show was Twin Hills Golf and Country Club, Joplin.
    “We are a full-service venue for weddings, receptions, anniversary receptions, business meetings and so on,” said Shelly Brewer, marketing director. “A lot of people think you have to be a Twin Hills member to have an event there, but that’s absolutely not true.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Full-service includes food, and executive chef Jim Green was there with a plate full of margarita shrimp and a Mediterranean torta.
    “I might have gone a little overboard, but I wanted to have something out for people,” he said.
    Also offering hors d’ouvres were Sodexho Food and Crestwood Country Club.
    There were not one but two photobooths present, Say Cheez and Good Times. Other vendors included Edward Jones, Festivities, Mary Kay, Payne’s Event Facility and Triple S Steakhouse. Todd East provided piano music.
    The afternoon culminated with a show of bridal fashions, provided and coordinated by Angie Loughmiller of the Jean Scene.
    Chuck Agusta  of Say Cheez Photobooth said that he had enjoyed participating in the show.
    “I think this was just right, not crowded but with a nice even flow,” he said. “You can talk to people this way, and that’s what I like. We’re all about fun,”
    Robb also said he was glad he’d come.
    “This is good exposure,” he said. “It’s been a good opportunity for people to see us who might not otherwise hear about us.”
    Jessica Commons, who’s getting married in May, came to the show with a friend, Suzie Smith.
    “I’m hoping to get the plan going,” the bride-to-be said.
    “She really hasn’t made many plans yet,” Smith added.
    That has changed, at least a little bit.
    The two went into both photobooths, had a great time in them, and came to a decision.
    “We might do that for sure,” Commons said. “I think the guests will enjoy a photobooth.”
    They were also impressed by the gorgeous flowers and the china.
    “I think Jessica has some location options and catering options now,” Smith said.

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