By Elizabeth Keys
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Bridezilla is the common term in the industry when the bride is on a war path for the perfect nuptial. Many of the more than 40 vendors at the Stillwater Bridal Showcase have years of experience working with engaged couples to alleviate any bridezilla-like symptoms.
From confetti cannons to bubble machines, or black lights and neon screens for shadow dancing, the bride has lots of choices, said Brittany Venable of Black Tie Wedding DJ’s and Lighting.
“There are so many different things to look at for the entire wedding,” said bride-to-be Cheyenne Overland. “The bridal show reminds you of things you wouldn’t think to do.”
Karen May of Blazing Rock Productions said the bridal show is productive for her business in connecting with couples and reviewing their needs. Carlease Carter of Designs by Lisa is hoping to expand her business with her daughter Nakylia Bickham so the day was a way to target their marketing to potential customers. More than 500 people visited the booths with more than 150 brides registered for the grand prize drawing. Some were on a mission with an entourage of girlfriends and mothers with planner notebooks in hand.
Brides sometimes get so caught up in the rituals of planning they forget to enjoy the experience, said Leslee Leaming of Memories in Motion Videography.
“A lot of times in the midst of the wedding, brides miss out on what is really going on around them — so a video becomes their memory of the day,” Leaming said. Many brides were inquiring about recording their special day.
Zoe Littlejohn and Trent Maness came to the show together to get ideas for their May 17, 2014, nuptial. Maness said he provides his bride with a second opinion and they will be looking at wedding attire next.
Stacia Smith of Formal Fantasy said bridal fashions will be seeing a lot of ruffles and green this year — as the Pantone Color Institute has named emerald green as color of the year. Smith said she can outfit a bride from head to toe, along with fashions for attendants and flower girls.
Dreams for the perfect wedding day started coming true for Stillwater Bridal Showcase grand prize winner, Mackinsey Couch. The bride-to-be won a mixer from Murphy’s Department Store, a Colonial Florist gift basket, towels and throw from JC Penney, a hope chest from Furniture Showcase and two Taste of Home cookbooks from the Stillwater NewsPress at the Saturday show in the Oklahoma State University Wes Watkins Center.
She plans to marry Hunter Weaver in May 2014 — and she said it’s important to start preparations early so “you’re not stressed out as a bride.”