By Amanda Moss
HAMLET, N.C. — Britany Williams thought her time had been well spent on Sunday at The Piedmont Bridal Show.
The show played host at the Cole Auditorium in Hamlet to 70 brides and nearly 200 people.
Williams, 24, made the trip to Richmond County from Lilesville to look at what the area had to offer. Her future in-laws are from Rockingham, so it made sense to check out the different exhibits that were present.
Tables were set up by live musicians, florists and caterers. Everything that a bride could ever want or need for a wedding was on display, including many samples of the work these vendors did. Williams took advantage of this as she looked through the photography samples from Jimmy McDonald, a photographer from Rockingham.
“It has been very helpful to give me an idea of what is available to me,” Williams said. “I’m getting married on April 5, so to have everything together in one place makes the process a little easier.”
Williams was even more impressed with the photo booth set up by Ward Productions, a multipurpose company based in Pinehurst. The company brings a photo booth to the wedding and guests can take pictures throughout the ceremony. The company then puts together a photo album to give to the happy couple.
“I never even realized that was a possibility,” Williams said. “It is definitely something I’m looking into because it’s just a lot of fun. I went over and tested it out myself.”
While brides were benefited by the event, vendors also believed that the event was well worth their time and energy.
Jenny McRae, founding coordinator of Second Act Floral and Events, considered this event to be the best of its kind. McRae’s table had various examples of her floral arrangements and passing brides took an interest in her work.
“It is one of the most helpful events that I have been to,” McRae said. “I don’t have a working store location, so word of mouth is my best advertisement. The entire event is well organized and well orchestrated. The different types of vendors here is really what makes this event so great. We need to get to know each other. We have to coordinate together so we can provide the best service to the bride.”
Music that filled the room was also pleasant to the ears as violinist Seren Lyerly and guitarist Danny Infantino played various compositions to show their musical quality.
“They really are impressive,” said Sharon Nichols, show organizer. “We’ve had a number of compliments on them. They play so well together.”
The award for best exhibit, however, went to Kevin Lear on Main. The floral shop, located in Cheraw, displayed one of the most beautiful and eye-catching setups at the show.
The highlight of the event for the brides was the door prizes. Bouquets of flowers, gift bags and free services were handed out, but the most coveted gift of the day was the 45-piece Mikasa dish set worth around $1,000. The set was given by Belk as the grand prize.
The real key in winning was that the bride had to be present during the drawing. After a few names were read off, the grand prize finally went to Amber Teeters of Hamlet. Teeters is engaged to Josh Peele, also of Hamlet.
Nichols was very pleased with the overall turn out.
“We have been getting some excellent feedback,” Nichols said.
Nichols will be at it again on Aug. 17 as another show will be coming to town. It’s called “Celebrate! Special Events Showcase.”
“This will be the first time we’re doing this type of event,” Nichols said. “It won’t focus just on weddings, but for all special events. It will have additional vendors and appeal to a larger crowd. Since this bridal show has been so successful, we want to open up this event to other possibilities.”