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Arena hosts summer KEE Bridal Fair

Aug. 05, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Colors. Cake. Catering.

All are items on Callie Huff's wedding planning checklist, and all had options she could research Sunday afternoon at the KEE 100 Bridal Fair.

The event, which took place at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena, featured a fashion show by Lara's Bridal and Formals and RoseTree Boutique as well as vendors showcasing photography, DJ possibilities, venues, tuxedos, cakes, flowers, catering, jewelry, cosmetics and more.

"It's wonderful. It's a one-stop shop," said Huff, a Chesapeake, Ohio, resident who's planning to marry fiance Cheyne Barnhouse in June 2015. "You can get ideas and build on it and make it your own."

Couple Amber Clark and Joshua Smith of Crown City, Ohio, were perusing the vendors Sunday with sister/designated "wedding planner" Ashley Coe. They're planning a country wedding in October 2014, and have some details handled already -- like the gown and the boots both bride and groom will be wearing -- but they needed to work out details like catering, Coe said. It's a great way to check out several possibilities in one place, she said.

For the vendors, it's a way to get their information out to their target audience quickly, some said.

Carrie Cook of Little G's Mobile D.J. said her husband, Gary Cook, booked several weddings after meeting some couples at the KEE's January bridal fair. They learned about their "Dancing on a Cloud" effect and afterwards researched some details online and then emailed or texted and it was done, she said. Those are clients they otherwise never would have met, she said.

KEE has hosted a winter bridal fair for years and began the August event six years ago after getting some calls from brides who wanted to plan winter weddings, said Jim Davis, regional program manager for Clear Channel Communications.

"It's beneficial to those brides getting married in the winter -- or the ones who get engaged after the bridal fair in January -- and it's been very successful," he said.

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