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Bridal Show celebrates fifth year


The Atchison Event Center in Atchison, Kansas, was full of wedding professionals and brides-to-be on Sunday for the fifth year in a row.

The annual Atchison Area Bridal Show featured booths offering just about everything an engaged couple could need to plan their trip down the aisle.


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Lauren Eggen, a communication specialist for the city of Atchison, organized the event and said her only hope was to have more people this year than the 100 to 150 from last year.

She said it was designed five years ago to serve as a “one-stop-shop” for future brides.

“We have photographers, caterers, rental places where you can get chairs and tables,” Eggen said. “We have DJs and invitations — it’s basically a one-stop-shop for your wedding day.”

Eggen is engaged to be married herself, but is having the wedding in Jefferson City, where she is from. She said she wishes there would have been a show like Atchison’s that she could have used to do her planning.

“I would have loved to have used this,” Eggen said. “It would have created so much less stress.”

Eggen said the biggest trend in weddings right now is to have a vintage look.

A booth for Grace Auburn Weddings and Events offered a look at how vintage styles could improve a wedding.

According to Candice Jenkins, a representative for the company, old window frames used as decorations or as picture frames, church pews and barn wood seem to be the popular decor to a wedding.

“It seems to be all over Facebook, all over Pinterest. Brides are really excited about having that outdoorsy, rustic, simple feel,” Jenkins said.

There were several booths that offered wedding apparel.

Andy Schank, of Belle Vogue Bridal, said that there are certain trends in dresses and gowns that are in style this year.

“Sleeves are back on trend, brides are loving the sleeves. It’s all over the runway reports,” Schank said. “(Also) illusion backs, that detail, and color is always in: your blushes, your moscatos, your cream café tones and beading, who doesn’t love a little sparkle?”

The show culminated in a raffle of donated goods. Several winners picked up prizes of tanning packages, gym memberships and a $500 dollar check for wedding items.

A fashion show of gowns, dresses and suits finished the show. Models walked the runway in front of a crowd of around 100 people or more.

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