Bridal Show

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Having a beautiful gown is just one of the many things that make a perfect wedding. The 26th annual Northwestern Bridal Show in downtown Eau Claire made it just a little easier for future brides to put the finishing touches on their big day.
"Floral arrangements, getting a cake, planning rehearsal dinner sites, things like that, jewelry," said Marni Jensen of Green Bay.
For other brides-to-be, the show served as a source for specific items on their agenda.
"I'm just here to find a gown for myself and for bridesmaid dresses as well. And maybe some other ideas," said Becky Mittlestadt of Menomonie.
The 73-vendors there this year is the most the bridal show has ever featured. One booth in particular is bringing a growing trend to Eau Claire this May.
"We found that garden weddings become more and more popular. More and more brides want to have outdoor weddings and of course with the lush gardens in the background it makes a perfect place to have their weddings," said Dave Burke, president of Florian Gardens.
The Florian Gardens will be the first garden and wedding reception facility in the Chippewa Valley area, offering three different gardens and three different ballrooms.
Burke spent eight years researching garden wedding facilities in the Twin Cities.
He discovered that they were bringing in people from six states.
"We feel this is a first in Eau Claire. We hope to put up another one eventually down the road here and with this availability as far as gardens being as big as they are, people are going to drive toward it."
New or traditional, the bridal show provided plenty of inspiration for any bride and groom.