Sunday, January 4, 2004

Groom needs good excuse to miss today's bridal show



By Maggie Downs
The Cincinnati Enquirer

DOWNTOWN - A groom these days has a lot more to do than stand at the altar and give his gal a ring. Attend bridal shows, for one.

About 5 percent of attendees at the 21st annual Wendy's Bridal Show on Saturday were men.

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Dawn Konrad of Reading (left) and Amy Gill of Loveland look over some of the wedding dresses at the Wendy's Bridal Galleria display.
(Ernest Coleman photo)
Some were fathers, presumably there to write checks. But many were grooms-to-be, there to support their fiancees and make decisions regarding their upcoming nuptials.

"I came willingly," said Gary Wilhelm, 31, who went to the show with Samantha Fishman, 22. The Fairfield couple, engaged for almost two months, will tie the knot Nov. 6.

"I figured there would mostly be mothers and daughters here, and I was right," Wilhelm said. "But I like to know what's going on with our wedding."

For the two-day event, downtown's Albert B. Sabin Cincinnati Convention Center has been transformed into a bridal wonderland - featuring 175 wedding- and honeymoon-related vendors.

Shiny limousines ringed the inside perimeter of the hall. Flowers, tuxedos and dresses stretched as far as the eye could see.

And there nearly as much satin as there was food.

"It's pretty much what I expected," said Kaiya Kinley, 20, a bride-to-be from East Walnut Hills. "People are flinging things at me, trying to get me to their booth."

Kinley attended the show with her maid of honor, Brandy Redd, 19, of Price Hill. But her fiance was absent.

"He has a good excuse," she said. "He's at work."

Nick Pickett, 25, of Morehead, Ky., was at the show with assigned duties - handling the search for a DJ and a caterer.

"The guy stuff: food and music," he said. "That's my department."

Addam Schaetzle, 27, and Kristen Socquet, 29, of Wyoming attended the show together because they like to share decisions.

"We're fifty-fifty on everything," he said.

If you go

What: 21st annual Wendy's Bridal Show.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today.Where: Albert B. Sabin Cincinnati Convention Center, downtown.

Admission: $9.

Information: www.cincybride.com or 984-1708.

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E-mail mdowns@enquirer.com




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