More than 100 brides are expected to converge on Brighton High School on Sunday as the Here Comes the Brides Bridal Show makes its seventh annual appearance.
Cathy Dedakis, who co-owns the show with Maggie Pietila, said the show has grown every year since its inception in 2009. Last year, about 170 brides attended the show, the highest number to date. But Dedakis is hoping to top that number yet again this weekend.
The show will include more than 50 vendors, a fashion show, games and about $25,000 in prizes. In addition, the first 100 brides will get a goody bag filled with freebies and surprises.
Brides also have the chance to win a local romantic weekend getaway.
"In essence, they're so stressful during their wedding planning, it's to take a weekend off and just relax a little," Dedakis said.
The fashion show will begin at 3 p.m. and will again include The White Dress and the Brighton Tux Shop. Both Brighton businesses will have local models strut their stuff on the runway featuring the newest styles in the bridal world - and in their storefronts.
One new thing The White Dress will feature in the fashion show this year is flower girls, according to Owner Kristy Koryzno.
"We'll be doing lots of different looks from casual to the more elegant and more detailed looks," Koryzno said.
As far as what's hot in the wedding look industry, Koryzno said lace tops the list.
"We're seeing a lot of lace details in a lot of different ways," she said. "But another thing we're starting to see more and more of is gowns with straps or some form of a sleeve, so that's new and exciting in the bridal world. The other big thing is the low back. So whether there's some back detail or if there's a low V-back, that's becoming something popular as well. And of course, when you have the straps or capped sleeves, having a low back is an option."
As far as popular color themes for bridesmaids, Koryzno said purple is still very hot, but gray and a peach/coral combination are becoming popular too.
Here Come the Brides puts on about seven to eight shows a year in other locations like Mt. Pleasant and even in Tennessee. But they always kickoff in Brighton, their hometown.
"Our very first show was in Brighton," Dedakis said.
Dedakis loves weddings so much, she even had to set up a wedding section in Sassafrass Gifts, the store she co-owns with another friend, Annette Jacoby.
"I just love it," Dedakis said. "It's the happiest time in peoples' lives. And its just fun. I'm an event planner. I like to put events together and see the results of it."
Tickets cost $8 at the door, but if guests bring a canned good to donate to Gleaners Food Bank, they will get $3 off their ticket price.
For more information, visit herecomethebridesbridalshow.com.