From the dresses to the cake, hundreds of brides and grooms-to-be, along with members of their wedding parties and families got a taste of nearly all of their wedding needs in one stop Sunday afternoon.
The Fourth Annual Bridal Spectacular, held in the Career Education Building on the Iowa Central Community College campus, featured 36 vendors offering all of the necessities to make a wedding one of a kind.
Some brides in attendance were just getting started with their plans while others were nearly finished and came to take care of a few final details.
Sandi Kuebler, of Becker Florist, watches as Heather Brock, of Webster City, smells some of the flowers on display at the Bridal Spectacular in the Career Education Building at Iowa Central Community College Sunday afternoon.
Marguerite Wentzel, who is from the Twin Cities area, came to the show in hopes of getting some ideas for her 2013 wedding, which will be held in Emmetsburg.
"I've only been engaged three weeks," Wentzel said as she sampled a piece of cake from Hy-Vee. "We live up near the Twin Cities but we're planning a wedding back home in Emmetsburg at the casino. I'm here to see what's all available; I'm definitely getting some ideas. It might be hard to narrow things down."
Samantha Kloberdanz, of Fort Dodge, came to the show with her mother, Lori Kloberdanz, in search of dresses for her June 29, 2013 wedding. She said she needs to find a dress for herself and for her bridesmaids and thumbed through a few catalogs at the Elaine's Bridal booth.
"I'm still looking for a dress," said Samantha Kloberdanz. "I've got the veil, just no dress yet."
Bride-to-be Kayla Mammen, of Manson, stopped by the JC Music Xpress booth to see if they were available to provide the reception music for her June wedding.
"We're still planning and looking for anything and everything,"said Mammen.
Mammen did discover that her wedding was on a date that seemed to be popular in 2013, as James Hollingsworth, DJ with JC Music Xpress had already booked that date and had several inquiries about the same day.
"Those must be the dates to have a wedding," said Hollingsworth. "I only have five bookings for next year so far, but about 10 I can't do because they are all on those same dates."
The Hy-Vee booth was a busy stop for many who were looking for a caterer, florist and cake.
"We can do all three," said Kurt Kuiper, manager of the Hy-Vee Bakery.
Kuiper also handed out samples of three different flavors of cake, and said that although he is relatively new to the Fort Dodge store, they offer the same cakes they always have in the past."
"The champagne cakes are especially popular for weddings,' he said. "And champagne cupcakes are becoming more and more popular, too. That's not something everyone offers."
Heather Brock, of Webster City, said she has much of her wedding planning done, but stopped at the Becker Florist booth to see what they have to offer.
"I came out to see what all there is out there," said Brock. "I've got the DJ done and now we're looking for flowers and cake."
Heather Christopher, of Humboldt, stopped at the Gilbert Jewlers display to check out their selection of men's wedding bands.
"We're here to get a few ideas," said Christopher. "There is so much fun stuff."
Brock said she wants to make sure her wedding day is a memorable one, which is why she came to the show.
"Your wedding is something you only do once; you have to make the most of it," said Brock.