Bridal shows court couples

The Covelli Centre and MetroPlex provided venues for vendors and services.

By Elise Mckeown Skolnick

Some brides plan their wedding in a matter of months, while others take a year or more.

Either way, they — and their fianc s — have a lot to consider and plenty of options.

Caterers, photographers, videographers, banquet- center representatives, florists and more filled the Covelli Centre in Youngstown and the MetroPlex in Liberty on Sunday to give couples a taste of those options.

Future brides tucked business cards and brochures into bags given away by vendors and sampled foods made by bakers and caterers.

“It’s great to be able to try everything,” said Kayce Jones of Cortland.

Jones will marry her high school sweetheart, Josh Arnold, on May 22. The pair have been engaged since May 2009 and have many of their plans set. Jones attended the show at the MetroPlex to get a few more ideas.

“We really need to finalize some last-minute things, especially the caterer,” she said.

Janine Hryronak of Canfield attended the MetroPlex show looking for a photographer. She’s been engaged to Matt Ballies of Canfield for two years. The couple will wed June 5.

“There’s a very nice selection of photographers,” she said.

The information she gathered at the show will help her make a decision, Hryronak said.

The MetroPlex event, now in its fifth year, was sponsored by Music Man DJ Services of Austintown and D and R Audio of Girard. There were 36 vendors.

Bob Hlinka of Music Man said he hopes brides-to-be become more knowledgeable about what’s available after attending the show.

Jennifer Maffitt’s boyfriend, Charles Dann, popped the question Christmas Eve.

Maffit attended Evaline’s Bridal show at the Covelli Centre to get ideas. Though she knows where the Howland couple will host their reception, she’s open to suggestions for everything else.

After seeing options for tuxedos, videos, photography and more, she said it’s likely she’ll choose from some of what she saw at the show.

More than 40 vendors participated in Evaline’s 26th annual show. The bridal shop, located in Warren, is celebrating 60 years in business.

A bride “will be able to pretty much plan her wedding” after attending the show, said Lori Dubasik, owner of Evaline’s.

“We really want them to come here and sit back and make a vision of ‘how do I want my wedding to be?’” Dubasik said. “This is the first event, really, that the couple throws, and we hope by doing all the work that we do that it helps them find the style they want to have.”

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