At the annual Bridal Spectacular, couples can hear wedding bells

Whether it’s dresses, DJs or even locations, the annual Bridal Spectacular is a big marketplace of ideas.

Brides and grooms to be from around the area came to the show Sunday afternoon at Iowa Central Community College, seeking inspiration for their big day.

“Basically I was feeling overwhelmed, but now I’m feeling a little better,” said Brittany Cannon, of Humboldt, who is planning for an August 2014 wedding. She added that the show let her see things and companies she wouldn’t have known about.

“I’m just trying to get ideas,” she said. “It is definitely helping me see some different things to do for bridesmaids and dresses, but I’m also picking photographers and DJs.”

Jordan Clapper and Emma Davis will also wed in August. Davis said the thing that most caught her eye was “a lot of the decoration ideas.”

“And ideas for wedding bands,” said Clapper, noting they had seen some good deals at the spectacular.

“We’re getting lots of good ideas, and lots of discounts,” Davis said.

In addition to the cakes, dresses and photographers, visitors could also view booths for limo rides, wineries, live doves that can be released at a ceremony, and even a 100-year-old chapel.

The historic Mulberry Center Church in Wilson Brewer Park, Webster City, is perfect for an old-fashioned wedding, according to Facility Coordinator Carolynn Miller.

A fundraiser paid for the church’s renovation in 2012, she said. There are candlelight fixtures, candelabras hanging down, and candle lamps in the front.

“When we first put in the candelabras, we said, ‘This is a place for weddings,'” Miller said.

“The church was started by my great-grandfather, J.C. Miller,” she said. “It was dedicated in 1890, out on the prairie.”

Everyone who’s been in there goes wide-eyed when they see the place, she said.

“I have great reviews,” Miller said. “I have not heard anybody say they don’t like it.”

Vendors reported high interest from the future brides.

“Our pen is drying out,” said Jane Junkman, at the Foley’s Clothing booth. “That’s good. Lots of customers.”

The new thing in tuxes is the Allure line, said John Junkman, which will be available in five colors. Foley’s showed some of these off in the fashion show.

“Grey has been a very popular recent color,” John Junkman said.

Elaine’s Bridal also brought tuxedos, wedding dresses and bridesmaids gowns to the fashion show.

It’s hard to pin down what’s popular, said owner Elaine Echelberger.

“It’s all over the board,” she said. “More lace is being shown this year.”

LaDonna High, at Bridal Visions, agreed that lace is really big now.

“Lots of women have already found their dresses, and are looking for bridesmaids dresses,” she said of the brides at the show.

Those dresses are “going more towards a social occasion look, so the girls can wear them again,” High said. “So that’s good.”