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For brides to be, it's never too early to get started planning

January 15, 2007|by JENNIFER FITCH

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Noticeably few grooms attended Sunday's Bridal 2007 at Wilson College.

"If a guy had his druthers to attend a bridal show or sit down and watch a football game ...," Jim Resh said with a laugh.

A few men - carrying samples of wedding cakes more often than not - did follow future brides around the showcase of area photographers, florists, disc jockeys, gown and tuxedo suppliers, caterers and limousine companies.

Resh, who owns Chambersburg's J&B Bridals and Formals with his wife, Barb, estimated that 120 future brides attended, accompanied by entourages of friends, sisters, bridesmaids, mothers and future mothers-in-law.

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An hourlong fashions show was at the heart of the event, which benefited the Downtown Business Council of Chambersburg.

Hues of brown are gaining popularity for the bridal party, and strapless gowns continue to dominate the market, according to Resh's daughter and sales manager, Jackie Moore.

Linda Asare of Chambersburg doesn't have a date set for her wedding, but she knows she wants a strapless gown to complement the overall themes of her wedding.

"I really want something nice, simple, elegant," Asare said.

Asare attended a bridal show last week in Harrisburg, Pa., and preferred Chambersburg's more intimate showcase, which was in its 22nd year.

"The other one had entirely too many vendors," Asare said.

Asare, who has been engaged for two weeks, said she is overwhelmed with information.

Brooke Adams of Chambersburg visited the show to gather preliminary ideas.

"It hasn't been a week since I got the ring," Adams said.

She and her mother, Tammy, were excited to reconnect with Clark Photography of Waynesboro, Pa., which took the bride's high school senior portraits.

Heather Rife of Chambersburg was one of the few women to be accompanied by her fianc, Ryan Schaeffer of Chambersburg, who was one of the fashions show's models.

Rife is looking for a simple, elegant, strapless dress for the couple's June 2008 wedding. She paid attention to the newer styles and colors featured in the show.

"We're just getting started ... but this gave me a lot of ideas," Rife said.

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