Wanna get hitched? There's a bridal show in Williamsport

April 12, 2012|By MARIE GILBERT |
  • Joan Knode decorates the Barn at Springfield Farm in Williamsport for Saturday's Hitching Post Roundup Sale.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

WILLIAMSPORT — Something old, something new, something half-price that won't make you blue.

It's no secret that the cost of many weddings can equal a down payment on a house.

Gown, veil, shoes, flowers and decorations — they all add up.

But what if you were a bride-to-be on a limited budget? And what if you were a recent bride with boxes of items sitting in the garage collecting dust?

You might be able to help each other out.

That's the idea behind the Hitching Post Roundup Sale, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at The Barn at Springfield Farm.

One woman's trash could be a bride-to-be's treasure.

In addition to individuals who pre-registered to sell their wedding items, there also will be vendors, plus tours of the historic barn, which is available for wedding celebrations. A highlight of the day will be a marriage recommitment ceremony.

All activities are free and open to the public.

The event is being organized by Williamsport Councilwoman Joan Knode, who came up with the idea after talking to a number of recently married women who were interested in selling wedding decorations and other nuptial necessities they no longer needed.

Knode knew there were women currently planning weddings who would be interested in purchasing those items at a reduced cost.

It was a matter of bringing everybody together.

While attending a wedding that was held at the barn, Knode said she met Cindy Myers, a wedding/event planner, and discussed the possibility of the sale.

Myers liked the idea and agreed to lend a hand, "so I thought, we'll do it and see how it goes."

Knode said she didn't want to call the event a yard sale "for fear we would not get the right items. So we called it the Hitching Post Sale, which reminds me of getting hitched or married."

Visitors to the sale will be able to find artificial flowers, vases, battery-operated candles, table runners, vintage clothes for weddings, a bridesmaid dress and one wedding gown that has never been worn.

Knode said an individual won a gown at a bridal expo, liked it better than the one she had purchased, so she'll be selling it at the Saturday event.

Beginning at noon, a marriage recommitment ceremony, no advance registration necessary, will be conducted by the Rev. Anne Weatherholt, rector of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Lappans.

"Someone suggested maybe a minister could be part of the Saturday event," Knode said, "so when I sent out an announcement to the local churches to post in their newsletters, Rev. Weatherholt responded and volunteered to do the ceremony."

"I was amazed at how the event was taking on a personality of its own," she added.

Activities also will include a meet and greet, beginning at 1 p.m. on the barn's main stage, during which brides can share ideas and concerns

"This will be an opportunity for brides and brides-to-be to share ideas, concerns and more," Knode said.

While getting the word out about the sale, Knode said she was contacted by several wedding vendors who wanted to a part of the event "so we decided that, too, would be a good service to provide brides."

A wide range of vendors will be represented, she noted, including caterers, bakers, florists, photographers, clothing and accessory specialists and wedding carriage and limousine companies.

Knode said visitors will be able to take a guided tour of the grounds, and the Town Museum also will be open during the event.

While this is the first year for the Hitching Post Roundup Sale, judging from the response Knode, hopes it might not be the last.

"We were planning on setting up 25 tables and we have 22 reservations," she noted. "Of those, about 12 will be selling items and the others will be presenting their wedding services. It's been a really good response."

If you go ...       

WHAT: Hitching Post Roundup Sale

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 14

WHERE: The Barn at Springfield Farm, 14 Springfield Lane, Williamsport

CONTACT: Call 301-223-7229

MORE:  A marriage recommitment ceremony will be at 1 p.m. No advance registration needed.

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