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TMCNet:  Telegram bridal fair set for this Sunday

[January 24, 2013]

Telegram bridal fair set for this Sunday

COLUMBUS, Jan 24, 2013 (Columbus Telegram - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- Couples heading down the aisle to say their "I dos" can get ideas for their big day by checking out the 2013 Bridal Fair.

Various businesses will be there including photographers, caterers, clothing stores, event designers and travel agencies. The event, sponsored by The Columbus Telegram, will be held noon-4 p.m. Sunday at the New World Inn.

More than 30 vendors will be on site, including The Bride's Store, which will have several gowns and tuxedoes on display. Corrine Scholz, owner of the store, said some of the latest and most popular designs will be featured.

"We will have the trends for summer and fall of 2013," Scholz said.

Designs this year include some holdovers that have remained fashionable in the recent past such as dresses with lace and necklines that are more modest. Colors such as ivory and cream have overtaken white in popularity for wedding dresses.

For the groom, tuxes remain the most popular to wear for weddings, but suits are also in. Tuxedoes that have a sleek and fitted look are the rage. Vests are also more showy with a variety of colors and patterns.

Scholz said she works with brides-to-be who have definite thoughts of what they are looking for in a dress, and others who have no idea where to begin. It can take a lot of trial and error to find right one, but more often than not, it is the first dress that is tried on that is bought.

Although she sells dresses off the rack, Scholz said it is best to choose a dress six to eight months prior to the wedding so alterations can be made.

Choices and trends are also abound for decorating the church and reception hall.

Designer Colleen Aerni, who owns Designs for the Times with daughter Ashley Aerni, said it is important to make each nuptial different from the last.

"We try to make each wedding unique," she said.

Aerni said she will have some of their latest ideas and creations on display at the Bridal Fair. Most of the decorating Aerni does is for local and area receptions, but they have done some churches, too.

Colors that have proven to be popular continue to be turquoise and aqua, purple, and black and red. To come up with a design plan that incorporates any kind of color, Aerni usually visits with the couple months before the wedding to learn their likes and dislikes.

"Most people want it all. The head table, backdrop for the cake, ceiling and entrance all decorated," Aerni said.

The style can be anything from sophisticated to modern. Aerni likes to use uplights and a variety of drapery to make the biggest decorating impact for receptions. Also, there is usually a touch of bling.

"For the last several years it has been about the sparkle. That has stayed." ___ (c)2013 the Columbus Telegram (Columbus, Neb.) Visit the Columbus Telegram (Columbus, Neb.) at www.columbustelegram.com Distributed by MCT Information Services

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