Bridal show draws large crowd

Despite the snow and cold, the 2014 Bridal Extravaganza at the Marietta College Dyson Baudo Recreation Center drew a large crowd for its first show on a Saturday.

Marcia Stewart, event coordinator, said moving the show to Saturday seems to have been a popular move with vendors and customers alike.

“This is the first year on a Saturday and it has been very successful,” she said. “We’ve had 67 vendors who are exhibiting.”

Stewart said there were no cancellations due to the weather.

“I’ve been involved in wedding shows for 42 years and this is the first one in Marietta on a Saturday,” she said. “I haven’t had a chance to count, but we estimate we’ve had 1,000 people here today.”

In 1999, Stewart said the show became the Bridal Extravaganza.

“We’ve been here at Dyson Baudo (Recreation Center at Marietta College) for seven years,” she said. “All of these independent companies get together to do this. The whole idea is to show brides what our area has to offer.”

Heather Moore, of Chesterhill, said she was there to help her friend plan her wedding.

“I’m her bridal planner,” she said. “It has been so far, so good.

Brittany Russell, of Vincent, whose wedding is the one Moore is planning, said she learned a lot for her wedding at Saturday’s event.

“It’s the first time I’ve come to a bridal fair,” she said. “I like it, it’s pretty fun. There is a lot of information.”

Erin Padgitt, of Cross Lanes, W.Va., and Taylor Padgitt, of Marietta, were there with their business 31 Gifts, based in Marietta.

“We’ve been here many times and we like it on Saturday,” she said. “People can come out for this and not have to worry about getting back in time so they can go to work on Monday.”

Kelly Stacy and Niccole Hysell, of Hair Comes the Bride, said the move to Saturday appears to have been a good move.

“I like it and I’ve been to every Bridal Extravaganza,” Stacy said. “It looks like we’ve got more people.”

Hysell agreed that changing the show to Saturday was a good move.

“It seems to have worked out well,” she said. “It’ll give everyone the time to relax on Sunday, have time for family and recoup for work on Monday. The weather has been great.”

Chris Taylor, of Jim’s Formal Wear, said Saturday appears to have worked for the Bridal Extravaganza.

“I’m here for my client and I’d be here if it were on Thursday,” he said. “I go to a dozen of these each year and typically they are on Sunday, this is kind of refreshing.”

Lindsay Green, who is planning her wedding, said she has worked at the Bridal Extravaganza in the past.

“It seems to be working well,” she said.