Rutland Bridal Show a success among couples
By Christian Avard
Staff Writer | January 14,2013
Christian Avard / Staff Writer
Alison Briggs of Trillium Fine Desserts in Chittenden displays lemon-poppy seed wedding cake samples at the 27th annual Rutland Bridal Show. Trillium Fine Desserts was one of 47 businesses in attendance on Sunday. The bridal show is organized by the Vermont Wedding Association.
Lee Ann Willey and Brett Kingery of Whiting strolled through a conference room at the Holiday Inn, sampling cake and spirits. They attended Vermont Wedding Association’s 27th annual Bridal Show in Rutland Town on Sunday — the first of 10 shows put on by VWA — with one goal in mind: to pick out their wedding wares.
Willey said that Kingery proposed to her in their apartment last year and they are now planning their big day. They are excited but first they need information on attire, food, music and more.
Willey has been to bridal shows in Burlington but she said that Rutland was one of the best. In fact, their visit was a successful one.
“We actually found a videographer and photographers now we have a cake person. We’re definitely going to be calling a few when we leave here,” Willey said.
As many as 130 brides attended this year’s Rutland bridal show, according to organizer Judy Risteff. She attributed the event’s success to organizing, marketing and choosing ideal locations.
Planners set the event date early and begin marketing early as well. Risteff heard that many visitors found out about the bridal show on social media sites like Facebook, event-based websites, local media and wedding guides.
Perhaps the biggest contributor to this year’s success was the location.
“People know about it because they have families who live and vacation up here and because Vermont is a popular wedding destination. The Rutland show is one of our biggest in terms of the crowds,” Risteff said.
Forty-seven businesses were on-hand this year. Alison Briggs of Trillium Fine Desserts in Chittenden offered samples of her lemon-poppy seed cake. Jennifer Gibbard of Hannoush Jewelers showcased diamond earrings and McNeil & Reedy were fitting grooms-to-be in tuxedos, suits and more.
Kingery and Willey were all smiles as they walked through the hall. After the wedding they said they hoped to take a honeymoon cruise to Hawaii, but for now they are concentrating on their upcoming wedding at the Wallingford Lodge in May.
So far, they are off to a great start.
“There are lots of booths here and it’s nice to see what’s out there. Couples should go with family and friends to see what’s out there,” he said.
The next bridal show in the Rutland area will be March 10 at the Mountain Top Inn in Chittenden. For more information visit www.vtwed.com/vwa.