PITTSBURG — Future brides, grooms and their entourage will be on the hunt for formal wear, cakes, decorations, flowers and more at local storefronts in downtown Pittsburg on Sept. 22.

Participants can pick up their passports from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Memorial Auditorium for $5 each. They will be able to take their passports to each of the merchants participating in the event to be stamped.

The first 100 attendees will receive goody bags — which includes a mason jar mug engraved with the Bridal Crawl logo from The Finishing Touch/Jefferson Street Designs, a pink rubber “bride” bracelet from Celebrations by Lori, coupons and special offers.

After visiting the storefronts downtown, participants can go back to the auditorium to turn in their stamped passport for a chance to win prizes which include a free wedding or reception venue from Memorial Auditorium valued at $1,000; a $300 gift certificate for a cake at Sweet Designs Cakery, a $250 gift certificate for a wedding or engagement photo shoot by TimeKeeper Photography, an engagement photo session with 9x12 print, a wedding photo session with 9x12 print, three bridesmaid’s dresses, a flower girl dress, and a veil or headpiece from Bishop Studio/Strawberry Moon, a $250 gift certificate for tuxes from Lucy’s Tux & Gown, a $250 gift card and headpiece and earrings from Loree’s Bridal & Formal and more.

The prize drawing will begin shortly after 9 p.m. and during this time a mock wedding reception will be sat up downstairs.

The reception is catered and decorated by local merchants which give the participants an opportunity to see and try out what the businesses have to offer.

The caterers from around the area will bring hor d’oeuvres along with a cash bar and The Little Shop of Flowers will have floral arrangements set up around the room to give the brides and grooms an idea what their wedding could look like.  

Attendees will be able to capture the evening at the Good Times Photobooth.

The Little Shop of Flowers Store Owner Kim Clark said her storefront will be sat up with different vignettes, for different floral needs — such as center pieces, bouquets and more.

“We are excited,” Clark said. “We are looking forward to it.

“Last year between brides, moms and friends we had about 100 people that came in.”

Sweet Designs Cakery Store Owner Heather Horton said she too had approximately 100 people coming through the doors last year. Horton said this year there will be samples, wine and mini consults during the event.

As one of the merchants participating in the event, Horton said the bridal crawl is unique to her because at similar events she would need to pack up and go to another location.

“Many people have never been in before,” she said. “It is nice for them to be able to see what we have to offer.”

Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce Devin Gorman said the event showcases what Pittsburg has to offer for weddings and receptions — dresses, tuxedos and more — it’s a one stop shop, he said.

“It is an event lighting what we have to offer in Pittsburg,” he said. “They can do all their shopping — dresses and tuxes — it’s a one stop shop.”

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.