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Hotel Capstone hosts 2nd annual bridal show

Megan Miller

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Before a bride says “I do,” she must have each detail of her wedding planned out, including everything from the flowers to the dress. Bridal shows often give brides the opportunity to tie up any last details before their big day.

Sunday, Jan. 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. Hotel Capstone will host its 2nd annual bridal show to help brides in the Tuscaloosa and Birmingham, Ala., areas do just that.

“We will have a range of vendors like florists, photographers, jewelers and caterers,” Karna Zelidon, director of sales and marketing for Hotel Capstone, said. “Even if you’ve already booked your venue, there may be other vendors you haven’t hired yet like event planners or a linen company.”

In 2012, 270 brides attended the bridal show and the hotel is expecting a slightly larger turn out for 2013.

“The main feature will be top contender from TLC’s ‘The Next Great Baker,’ Jay Qualls, who will do a live wedding cake demonstration, and he will be available for a meet-and-greet,” Zelidon said.

Vendors will include Special Events, Duet Art & Jewelry, Prestige Limousine Services, Stella & Dot, Reed’s Jewelers, Travel Planners, Clinton E. Horn DJ, Feel the Beat Entertainment, Totally Hair, Nancy Taylor Day Spa, A Cutting Edge Caterers, Mary Kay Inc. and more.

“Vendors will be from Tuscaloosa and Birmingham, so we will have both local and other vendors,” Zelidon said. “This gives brides to pick and choose what they are interested in.”

The event will end with a fashion show featuring wedding and bridesmaid dresses.

Lady in Lace will present wedding dresses, and Sash and Bella Bridesmaids will contribute bridesmaid dresses to the fashion show.

Betty Quarles, owner of Lady in Lace, will be attending the show for the first time, but this will not be Lady in Lace’s first appearance at the bridal show.

“We carry a full line of bridal gowns, mother-of-the-bride dresses, bridesmaid dresses, flower girl dresses, jewelry and bridal books,” Quarles said. “If you’re going to wear it, we have it.”

Quarles purchased Lady in Lace in August 2012 and has incorporated her background in costuming to do customization for brides.

“I’ve been bringing full customization into the store so a bride can incorporate their mother or grandmother or sister into her dress,” Quarles said. “I can customize it and fashion it just for her.”

Tickets are $5 if purchased from Hotel Capstone in advance, and $7 at the door. Zelidon said the show is for any bride that is newly engaged, so the brides have the opportunity to book vendors they haven’t yet.


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Hotel Capstone hosts 2nd annual bridal show