March 10, 2011


Bridal Extravaganza set for March 20

Living and Leisure Editor

Nancy Elster said today’s brides are going for a more lightly beaded, streamlined look.
“They are going for elegance, simplicity,” said the owner of Nancy’s Bridal & Evening Wear of Cortland.
The Main Street shop owner will provide the bridal wear for this year’s “Bridal Extravaganza,” set for 1 to 4 p.m. March 20 at the Ramada on River Street, Cortland. The event is being organized by Digipro, a photography shop on Main Street and Chris Sanford is the event coordinator for the show.
Elster will show off 60 dresses, from bridal gowns to bridesmaids, flower girls and mother of the bride dresses. Men in Hage Tailor tuxedos will accompany Elster’s models. More than 30 vendors will feature their wares on the broad spectrum of services that brides need, from disc jockeys to florists to hotels.
The show, which is open to all, is being sponsored by Cayuga Radio Group, Nancy’s, DJ Dale Harrington and Digipro.
Participants need to register ahead of time at for as many free tickets as needed. This allows organizers to know how many people are coming, Sanford said.
“We are going to have live music from the Trillium Trio and DJ Dale is MC for the whole event,” said Sanford. Attendees can visit with the vendors and will be eligible for a host of door prizes, including the grand giveaway, a honeymoon package for Hope Lake Lodge for two, including champagne or wine at check in, breakfast in bed, dinner for two at the Acorn Grill, a 90-minute session at the Waterfall Spa and two waterpark passes. Other prizes will be given away throughout the show.
From 2 to 3 p.m., Elster will launch the bridal show portion of the event. At her shop, she has gowns from sizes 00 to 30 and she has 72 colors available. She can provide alterations. Elster has owned her shop for three years and has been in the bridal wear business for almost 30. She used to work for the Ithaca bridal wear shop Gala on The Commons and started out working at Peachy Keen in Groton for the original owner.
“The show is going to be better than last year. We’re going to step it up,” Sanford said. “Last year we had 200 people, nearly half were brides. We’re hoping for the same or better,” Sanford said. “Sometimes it’s tough to find all the things you need for your wedding. Here it brings everyone in ... It puts brides-to-be in touch with all facets of the industry. And it helps our local businesses, too,” he said.
The show will also feature Digipro Photography, Hope Lake Lodge & Indoor Water Park, David L. Huffman Fine Jewelry, Shaw & Boehler Florist, Peri’s Posie’s, Wildflowers, Kay’s Styling Center, Lavish Salon, Connie Gamel’s Beautique & Heather O’Rourke, Mary Kay Cosmetics: Annette Morris, Lynne Parks ’68 SUNY Cortland Alumni House, Cortland Trillium Trio, Bet The Farm Winery, Catering by Joe’s, Cortland Country Club, Linani’s Catering, Frosted Bakery, Dottie’s Ice Cream & Cakes, Cortland Travel Service, Superior Limousines, Finger Lakes Miche Bag & More, Mainstay Massage & Day Spa, Renee Marquis Photography, The Pampered Chef, Shawn Potts Photography, Heartbeats In Motion, Cortland Fitness Center, Logo This, Pure Romance By Alexa, Aura Child Health & Fitness and Bead Pixie Designs.


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