Cavelle Layes, Omega Contributor Ω
Hundreds of brides gathered at the Campus Activity Centre (CAC) Sunday, Jan. 29 for TRU’s annual Bridal Fair.
The event, which is put on each year by TRU’s own Professional Conventions Management Association (PCMA-TRU), allows brides from Kamloops and surrounding areas to come in and check out what local vendors have to offer.
The members of the PCMA went all-out for the brides-to-be, transforming three floors (and the stairs) of CAC into a wedding palace complete with flower bouquets, draperies and even chandeliers.
Soon after the doors opened all three floors were packed with brides, all of whom were trying to find the little things that would make their big day one to remember.
Angie Poulsen travelled from Williams Lake to attend the event and considered it well worth it.
“I went to the [Williams Lake] bridal fair as well but this one seems to have more [vendors], I was even able to find quite a few that travel,” said Poulsen.
While the event had a large supply of bridal fair regulars including florists, wedding planners, and of course DJ’s, there were also a few vendors who were somewhat unique. These extras were the highlights for some of the brides, including Butumn Rempel, a second-year social work student, and soon-to-be bride, who was excited to find a harp player for her ceremony.
For Jessica Campbell it was the wedding dress store, located at the ground level of the CAC, that made her day.
“I found my dream dress and it cost under $300, the best part was that I didn’t need to go to eight different stores to find it,” said Campbell.
The show was not only a success for brides, but vendors as well, especially for those businesses that are just taking off. Nicole Deanne graduated from the events and convention program at TRU last year and is currently a fourth year tourism management student.
She is also owner of a wedding & event planning company that took part in the bridal fair.
The event concluded with a live bridal fashion show planned and mostly run by TRU students and volunteers.
There were hardly any seats left empty as the first model took to the runway and from that point on, all eyes were on the stage.
The show, which lasted about an hour and a half, consisted of wedding dresses of all shapes and sizes.
There were also suits and children’s formal wear, all of which were provided by VIVA Bridal.
The day was a success overall for both brides as well as vendors.
Melissa Bourbonnais traveled from Chase for the event and admitted it was better than she had thought it would be.
“[I] like the variety of vendors that were there and the fashion show was great. There [were] definitely more options than I expected.”