Jonesboro Bridal Fair Lures Brides & a Few Grooms

January 25, 2004 -- Posted at 5:37 p.m. CST

JONESBORO-- Brides and a few reluctant grooms from all over Region 8 were out and about Sunday at the Bridal Extravaganza at Indian Mall in Jonesboro. There were 31 booths full of things to help any couple plan the perfect wedding.

Sissy Ratliff and her fiance drove from Hardy to visit the Bridal Fair.

"We wanted to get some good ideas, we just started planning a few months ago and we really didn't know where to start and we thought maybe we could get some ideas here," said Ratliff who plans to marry next summer.

And she was in the right place at the right time...lots of brides and a few grooms were out looking for things to help them plan their perfect day.

"It just kind of gets them in the spirit of it too, it's exciting. From what I've seen today to be these brides out here and see all of these other brides," said Christy Veara, Director of Marketing for Indian Mall.
From engagement rings to the honeymoon, couples were able to check out what was available in Northeast Arkansas, and they are looking for the best bargain.
Jenny Waldon, of Reflective Memories was showing her wedding portraits.
"They are looking for deals, when you're a bride and groom you're usually on a budget most of the time," said Waldon.

A good deal for couples at the Bridal Fair was a free honeymoon trip given away in a drawing.

Most couples want their wedding to be unique and different...and Etta's Fashions in Lepanto offers something many brides might have trouble finding...a customized wedding gown, created just for them.

"We just have a personal touch, we can sit down...and it's not real hectic, we can all sit down and decide what you want," said B

ecky Barnes the new owner of Etta's Fashions.
Some of the brave grooms came to help their wives to be, but they were few and far between...

Brandi Booker and her fiance Matt Wilkerson were out looking for ideas for their reception. Their wedding is May 1st, so time is passing fast. Booker says Wilkerson is doing a good job of helping out with their ceremony, which will be held at the Claudia House in Poplar Bluff.

"He's helping out some, if i can get him to sit down, he does," laughed Booker.
Wilkerson agreed, saying he's almost leery to make decisions on something so important.
"I usually make the wrong ones...if I have to make decisions, she just gets mad at me," joked Wilkerson.

If you're planning a wedding and missed Sunday's Bridal Fair, you're not out of luck...tune in to KAIT on February 11th and 12th at 10 p.m. for a special on planning a wedding--and not breaking the bank.