Brides-to-be get tips in planning weddings

By By Lance Traweek / American Press

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


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, 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.”