MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - UPDATE 1/5/20:
The 41st Annual Marietta Bridal Show gave soon to be brides and grooms a chance to see all kinds of wedding services and products.
Lori Hanson, the event coordinator and one of the show’s vendors says the Marietta show is how she meets the majority of her photography business’s clientele for the year.
And she says future spouses get to ask questions they didn’t know they had.
“So I feel like, as a business owner, I get a chance to educate my clients whenever they come in. Not only am I trying to get bookings, but I also want to let them know what to look for whenever trying to hire a photographer,” said Hanson.
Hanson says the same is true for most of the vendors. Whether couples end up hiring a vendor or not, the show allows couples to learn about the services and products used in weddings.
One of the people attending this year’s event was Abby Motter. She teaches at Fort Frye High School and she’s getting married to a Warren High School teacher this spring. She was glad to see she had some local options for her wedding.
“My fiancé is from Marietta, I work here and so it’s really important to incorporate our hometown to our wedding day,” said Motter.
The 41st annual Marietta Bridal Show is gearing up for Sunday afternoon.
Each year the show takes place at the Dyson Baudo Recreation Center at Marietta College.
Vendors are there with every aspect of a wedding, and brides, grooms, and couples are invited to learn everything they need on how to plan a wedding.
"We usually have about 800 guests come through, around 300 brides," said Lori Hanson, event organizer. "I like to feel like we have all the top wedding professionals in the area in our show, and as far as vendors go, we are sold out every year for all of the vendor spots. So that makes it great for the brides to come and see a huge variety of people in one spot."
The event is on Sunday, January 5 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $5 per person, and pre-registration is not required.