Hundreds turned out for Treasure of Marilyn’s annual Fall Bridal Open House on Sunday. Beth Dawdy, manager at Treasures, said the purpose of the event is to get the brides together with area professionals in order to promote weddings and local businesses in Southwest Louisiana. Various vendors were there, including limousine companies, photographers, bakers, monogramming, engraving and invitation specialists. (Rick Hickman / Special to the American Press)
Last Modified: Tuesday, October 02, 2012 11:30 AM
Kayleigh Gibson said she looks forward to being married in October 2013 and was among those who attended the Treasures of Marilyn’s annual Fall Bridal Open House on Sunday.
“This takes a lot of time off of my hands,” Gibson said. “You can just come here and talk to professionals who can help you budget your wedding in one place.”
Keisha Henry, who is her maid of honor, said the two girls always said they would be each other’s maid of honor since the third grade.“It has been awesome to be here for her,” Henry said at the event.
Beth Dawdy, manager at Treasures of Marilyn’s, said the purpose of the event is to get the brides together with area professionals in order to promote weddings and local businesses in Southwest Louisiana.
Various vendors were there, including limousine companies, photographers, bakers, monogramming, engraving and invitation specialists.
“It is important to us that people shop in our area and see what Southwest Louisiana has to offer,” Dawdy said. “When you try to do everything yourself it is very difficult to plan everything together.”At the expo each bride and groom are able to correctly budget his or her wedding.
“We’re able to tell these vendors the budget for each person,” Dawdy said.
Dawdy said the expo saves the bride and groom from wasting time and from unnecessary stress.
“This is an event where the brides can really feel comfortable asking questions,” said owner Marilyn Dawdy. “We try to make sure that everyone who is a vendor is licensed and take care of their businesses the same we take care of ours.”
Marilyn said they try to work with every budget.
“We start off with what is most important to them — whether it be flowers, the dress or the party,” she said.
Victor Monsour, with Monsour’s Photography, was one of the vendors at the expo.
“Some brides go to a lot of functions but some don’t have a lot of experience,” Monsour said. “This is a good educational tool for them to see what is available.”
Monsour said some brides are not aware of the new technologies that are available with photography.
“Now we can custom design and make a book for them,” Monsour said. “We can do practically anything you can think of. You can have a great time and capture some great memories on a budget.”
Jane Alesi, with Louisianaphotobooth.com, provides photo booth services during wedding receptions.
“During the time the bride and groom are having their fun, the guests are having fun too,” Alesi said about the photo booths. “From children to the elderly, everyone enjoys the photo booth.”
Mike Sanders, owner of Platinum Limousine, said the majority of their packages are 3-hour packages, which will get the wedding parties from the church to the reception.“This is good for the vendors. We don’t really have an office for people to walk into so this allows us to be able to be face to face with the customer,” Sanders said. “It gives us a chance to interact and find out their needs rather than them just calling us by phone and asking about prices.”