2019 Bridal Showcase features plenty of ideas for men, too
If you are part of the 2.5 million couples who are planning a wedding this year, the PressRoom at The Herald-Mail, 100 Summit Ave., in Hagerstown, is the place to be Sunday, Jan. 13, for the 2019 Bridal Showcase. The event is sponsored by What’s NXT.
The event features more than 50 vendors, according to Kim Tagg, event coordinator for Herald-Mail Media.
Fashion shows will take place from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m., and brides are asked to register in advance to reserve a spot, although Tagg said pre-registration is not mandatory.
Those who do register will be entered to win a $150 Visa gift card, and get a shot at the use of The PressRoom at The Herald-Mail to host their wedding. The prize is a $2,200 value.
Wedding dresses for the fashion shows will be provided by David’s Bridal, while menswear will be by Dana’s Tuxedo in Martinsburg, W.Va.
Dana Knowles, owner of Dana’s Tuxedo, said she is excited about what couples will see at Sunday’s event.
“We feature all of our top-of-the line tuxedos. Some of the brands are Michael Kors, Allure Men and Ike Behar,” she said.
Knowles said those who attend will see variety of color options.
‘”Generally when I do tuxedo shows, I don’t show any black because if you’ve seen one black tuxedo, you’ve seen them all,” she said. ‘
She offers a rose-gold colored vest and a velvet burgundy jacket with a paisley design. ‘”It’s brand new, I just got it today,” she said Wednesday afternoon.
“Everything’s in trim fit, we’ll be showing all the different styles with suspenders, a cummerbund, a necktie, bow tie,” she said.
A new shirt style will also be featured, the Swiss pleat, which is a microfiber tailored shirt.
While brides and bridal gowns seem to get the most attention from weddings, Knowles said the way the men’s party looks is just as important.
“I think that the men complement the women. The end result of the wedding is the pictures that you’re going to look at. The day before and the day of goes so quickly, a lot of time people just don’t notice things that it’s important that the guys look as good as the girls do,” Knowles said.
As a local business owners, Knowles said Dana’s Tuxedo is second to none.
“In our world, we are trained that by going to a bigger box store, we’re going to get better prices. But in the tuxedo world, it’s completely different. We are going to give you the best price. We are going to give you the best customer service, because we don’t have 20 or 100 other stores to rely on,” she said. “One of the things about Dana’s Tuxedo is that I, being the owner, oversee everything. If I don’t do a really good job with the customer, that’s not going to look good for me.”
Getting the proper fit, too, is important in men’s fashion.
“I have 10 years experience in the tuxedo world. Everybody’s body is so different that it takes skill and experience to measure over and over and over again because it’s not cookie cutter,” Knowles said. So when you go to a store like Dana’s Tuxedo, you’re going there because you know they have the experience of fitting people with different body types and the different styles, and I know all the questions to ask you before you even choose what you want.”
Knowles said she wants her customers to be comfortable with what they’re wearing, frills or not. Whether they want just suspenders and shoes or an entire tuxedo.
“I’m there to give the customer what they want.”
Knowles will also offer a wedding special during Sunday’s show.
Tagg said the event is a can’t miss for brides-to-be.
“They get caught up on the latest fashions from David’s Bridal, they get a great bridal experience from the vendors — their knowledge to help them plan their perfect day. Plus all brides who attend receive a free swag bag and mimosas and are entered to win numerous door prizes.”
In addition to the featured formalwear vendors, other participating vendors include J&B Bridals in Chambersburg, Pa., Valley Wine and Spirits, Wertman Photography and R. Bruce Carson Jewelers.
To register for the event, email firstname.lastname@example.org.