At Foothills on Sunday, several vendors agreed that while meeting brides-to-be was good for business, the bridal show provided important networking opportunities within the industry.
And other types of businesses are entering the wedding marketplace.
“Existing businesses are branching into the industry because they see they can sell some kind of service,’’ said Green, who also coordinated the Fall Bridal Show at the Holiday Inn in Oneonta in October.
Woodworking and glass-etching businesses can provide personalized wedding favors, Foothills show organizers said, and ice carvers and flame throwers offer entertainment.
Green also keeps track of trends. Some couples are planning events that reflect their interests and that provide activities the day before and after the wedding day. In colors, the trend is toward natural browns and greens and pastels, she said, and some couples are choosing recycled materials or using plants instead of cut flowers in the interest of environmental conservation.
Jennifer LePinnet of Delhi volunteered to model wedding wear with Rainbow’s End Weddings & More at the Foothills Bridal Show last year and on Sunday. Both shows provided information and ideas for her wedding, which will be in the Foothills atrium May 5, she said.
Planning a wedding is fun and stressful, Patty Rall of Delhi said, and bridal shows are helpful because “they have everything you need in one spot.’’
Rall said she attended the Fall Bridal Show and on Sunday made further connections for her Aug. 3 wedding to be at her fiance’s family farm in Delhi. Rall said she hopes the event is low-key and fun.
In the concluding event Sunday, models displayed dresses, gowns and other wedding clothes in a range of traditional and contemporary styles.
Hurley-Quackenbush attributed Sunday’s successful turnout to Foothills becoming better known for its bridal show and wedding venues, including the center’s atrium and two small theater spaces. Foothills offers “one-stop’’ shopping for weddings through its hotel and food-service connections, she said, and the center has dates for weddings booked as far ahead as 2015.