Bridal Expos offer brides a 'one-wedding stop'

Bridal Expo

Leah Sager looks at bridal fashion while attending the Beautiful Beginnings Bridal Expo in Pensacola.

Published: Monday, January 7, 2013 at 09:16 AM.

Leah Sager grabbed her phone and took a picture as she scanned a booth at the Beautiful Beginnings Bridal Expo at the Pensacola Bay Center.

The bride-to-be said she had most of her planning done before the event, but was hoping for some ideas on the small details she was working on and didn‘t mind grabbing a few food samples either.

“This is way easier than taking a whole day off and having to go all over to book different appointments,” Sager said. “(The expo) has everything you need.”

Sager was one of hundreds of future brides who gathered at the first of a string of local expos featuring businesses for catering, baking, photography and every other detail of weddings.

View a gallery of Sager's expo experience >>

“It‘s a one-wedding stop,” said event coordinator Brenda Carraway, publisher of Coastal Weddings Magazine. “Plus, brides can meet a prospective vendor, have tastings, preview displays, bring their groom, mom, best friend, sister and, of course, preview the latest bridal fashion in a well organized runway show.”

Sager grabbed her “I‘m a bride” bag and made her way into the Civic Center filled with more than 100 vendors.

“This is overwhelming,” she said looking around.

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