Couples Get Ideas As They Move From 'Yes' To 'I Do'

Many brides are busy after getting a fresh dose of ideas, exploring what Central Wisconsin wedding gurus have to offer at the Simply Bridal Expo in Marshfield on Sunday.

Tons of new brides and their entourages, coming off their Valentine's Day high, came to see what the 34 vendors had to offer.

"Totally unexpected. I had no idea. He said, 'couldn't you tell that I was acting weird?' No," said Jessica Tyler, a new bride-to-be.

Her, now fiance, Ezra popped the question to his back in November while out hunting. The two are middle school sweet hearts who met in the fourth grade and started dating in eighth. Now engaged three months, they are both in college and looking forward to start their lives together, but the planning can be a bit overwhelming.

"It's a prime opportunity for those newly engaged to jump in and get their feet wet and see what they need to think about and start planning for their up coming wedding," said expo organizer and owner of Wibben Photography in Marshfield, Dennis Wibben.

"It's a lot of planning. A lot more planning than I thought," said Jenna Mann, who got engaged only two weeks ago.

The wedding professionals at the expo had some tips and trends to make that planning process a little easier, starting with the dress.

"Be open to try on a lot of different styles," said Kathy Pechinski of Kathy's Bridal Boutique in Wisconsin Rapids. "Just because you don't really care for it the way it looks on the hanger, don't close your mind to it."

The new take on the cake is making smaller cakes your center pieces instead of flowers.

"It's kind of neat because if you do them all different flavors it encourages people to get up and move around and talk to other people and see what kind of cakes there are," said the owner of Make Mine Frosted in Nekoosa, Tammie Kniprath.

Another overall trend is DIY, including invitations. Barb Coblentz owns DIY Custom Invitations in Marshfield and said she encourages this one-of-a-kind method, but people do need to know it is not as easy as buying them already finished.

"Understand that there is a learning curve in any type of craft that you want to do," she said. "In paper crafting, you have to cut it straight, and you have to measure properly and you have to learn to use the tools."

Most couples have their one splurge area and vendors recommended couples to do whatever makes you and your fiance happy.

"I'm going to have a carriage bring me up to the ceremony," said Mann, as her splurge item.

For the honeymoon, travel agents said all-inclusive is the best deal, but some couples opt for something a little closer to home.

"(We) might just do something, go to like a Packer game or something like that," said Tyler.

No matter what your wedding preference is, vendors said as long as you have your bride or your groom, that is what is most important.

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