Tiffany Young, 19, of Fort Worth, was one of many blushing brides who attended the Bridal Show at the Somervell County Expo Center last weekend.
She came down with her mom Donna Young and Maid of Honor Tyler Clark to check out the fashion show and to find some great ideas for her own wedding on Oct. 2, 2010.
“We’re doing a formal wedding with purples,” Tiffany said.
“It’s a funky twist on traditional,” added Clark.
Tiffany’s fiancé Jared Willis proposed on New Year’s Eve as soon as the ball on Times Square dropped after dating for three years.
“I’m the youngest and I have four older brothers,” Tiffany said. “It was a rough dating life.”
Even Donna admitted she wasn’t too sure about Willis when the pair first started dating, but couldn’t be happier that they are now set to wed.
“I am very happy. He’s a great kid,” Donna said.
After surviving one wedding already this year, Donna is happy to get started on her daughter’s big day.
From wedding cakes and groom cakes to photographers and venues, the bridal show was a one-stop-shop for brides-to-be.
Choices ranged from traditional styles to unique photo effects, photo booths, destination weddings and even gift registry ideas.
Dianna Shellenberger from The Home Place at Ace said she is seeing fewer couples request what was once considered a traditional registry list.
Couples are selecting everyday items such as cutting boards and bakeware and are staying away from formal place settings.
“They’ll say, ‘I’ve got my grandmother’s china,’” Shellenberger said. “They’re more practical.”
So couples are trading china for stoneware and silver for stainless steel.
The same kind of practicality was also reflected in the fashion show.
Featured attendants dresses were simple and elegant styles in one color with an accenting sash.
But for the brides - the beauty was in the detail.
Many of the showcased dresses were in soft champagne or candlelight colors. Intricate beading and lacework was prominent as well. Styles ranged from simple, strapless numbers to fashion forward dresses for the more daring bride.
For the men, the show featured tuxedos in black and white, but with strong colors such as lime or cardinal red underneath.
Suits with black pants and a white jacket were also popular and accessories like hats were also featured.