Blue Ridge Bridal event returns tomorrow

By DeeAnna Haney | Apr 03, 2014

For those who are planning a wedding or event and just don't know where to start or need a little help finding that local caterer or the perfect florist, look no further than the Blue Ridge Bridal Event.

The third annual event, presented by The Mountaineer, is returning to Shackford Hall at Lake Junaluska from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 5.

With more than 30 vendors, it's the perfect place for brides to get started on their wedding planning and check out dresses, jewelry, flowers, menswear, catering, photography and so much more.

The Marriage Vine, a formal wear boutique in Waynesville, will offer a professional fashion show featuring the newest designs of bridal gowns and bridesmaid dresses. Store owner Katherine Bradshaw has even arranged a trunk show from Europe especially for the event.

Silver Treasures, a jewelry store in Waynesville and Asheville, will be at the event for the first time this year showing off their affordable selection of jewelry and engraving options.

Kristy Ball-Mayrand of Stargazers Floral Designs in Asheville has been a part of the event since the beginning and says the variety of vendors makes for a great event.

"It is a smaller event but it's a quality event. I think the girls can get a lot out out it because they can get one-on-one individualized attention from the vendors," she said.

As the wedding and event coordinator for Loralei Inn in Canton, Ball-Mayrand will have a booth showing off different types of flowers, bouquets and centerpieces as well as showing cakes and offering cake tastings.

The best part about the event is that it's packed full of useful local contacts but it's not the type of exhausting event that will last all day, said Advertising Sales Representative Michelle Schumacher.

"Not to mention, it's free!" she said.

The event isn't just for brides, though. Everyone will be interested in looking at products from independent consultants such as jewelry from Origami Owl, makeup from Mary Kay and even learning about the weight loss supplement Plexus Slim.

While at the the event, pick up a free copy of this year's edition of the Blue Ridge Bride, a bridal magazine printed by the Mountaineer. This year's magazine features local brides, tips from a professional wedding planner and florist, rustic venues, photography trends, tips on choosing the dress and more.