Soon-to-be brides, grooms enjoy one-stop planning at MetroPlex

By Virginia Ross

GIRARD -- Bride-to-be Traci Pondillo had no problem choosing her wedding dress.

The Boardman woman modeled several gowns but quickly went back to the first one she tried on, knowing all along it was the one for her.

“I knew it was right, and that was it,” she said. “That was pretty easy.”

But picking the right centerpieces, invitations and caterer hasn’t been as swift, 36-year-old Pondillo explained. Like dozens of other area women preparing for their weddings, Pondillo opted today to do some one-stop planning at the Bridal Show at the MetroPlex in Liberty Township.

She is set to marry Steve Pecchia, 34, also of Boardman, on Oct. 10.

“There’s a lot of planning and a lot of details I still have to work out,” said Pondillo, whose sister is also preparing to wed this year. “It’s nice to come to a show like this because you can see everything up close and get some ideas, and everything is right here.”

The show, in its third year, featured more than 40 area vendors specializing in wedding services. Prospective brides and their guests had opportunities to browse the latest in floral arrangements, centerpieces, wedding cakes, dinner settings, tuxedos and, of course, wedding gowns and bridesmaids dresses.

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