COUNCIL BLUFFS — Sunday’s Wedding Essentials Bridal University at the Mid-America Center lived up to its billing as “one fabulous show” for Michelle Jaime.
“It’s overwhelming,” the 33-year-old Omahan said of her first bridal show experience since becoming engaged in July.
“There’s so much to see,” she said. “It’s better than looking on the Internet” for wedding inspiration. “I was introduced to vendors that I had no idea existed.”
Jaime said the show even prompted her to change some plans that she thought were set in stone. After watching the First Look Runway Show, Jaime changed her mind about her bridesmaids’ dresses.
A photo booth hadn’t occurred to her until she, her cousin and her mother, who were along for the day, spotted a crowd around a vendor display. The women collectively decided that “it would be fun and different” to have a photo booth at the wedding.
Stephanie Gehrls, 23, of West Point, Neb., isn’t getting married until May 2014, but she wasn’t wasting time sorting out what she wants. She and her maid of honor, Nicole Ortmeier of Howells, Neb., scoped out photographers and dress boutiques, along with everything else bridal.
A lace gown at Ellynne Bridals’ display stopped Jordan Bruch, 24, in her tracks. Engaged for just two weeks, Bruch peppered boutique owner Lynne Rustad with questions about dress styles, fabrics, colors and prices.
Bruch, who is planning a 2014 wedding, attended her first bridal show with her mother, sister, aunt and future mother-in-law.
“We’re soaking it all in,” said the bride’s mom, Margaret Bruch of Papillion. Sunday was all about gathering as much information as possible, she said.
According to event manager Tam Webb, the bridal show drew an estimated 2,000 people, some from more than 100 miles away. The show was presented by The World-Herald and hosted by Wedding Essentials Magazine.
Wedding Essentials intern Heidi Hoffman contributed to this report.