Showcase is one-stop shopping for area brides

An elegant cake is shown at the annual Pilot Club of Victoria Bridal Showcase in this 2012 file photo.
  • 24th annual Bridal Showcase EXHIBITORS AND PARTICIPANTS

  • •  A Day to Remember

    706 Queenswood Trail, Victoria

    361-576-5556

    • A Plus Party Rentals

    503 Glascow St., Victoria

    361-237-0897

    apluspartyrentals.com

    Albrecht Artistic Photography

    408 Woodchase Drive, Victoria

    361-579-6145

    albrechtartisticphotography.com

    • All About the Dress

    13955 U.S. Highway 77 North, Victoria

    361-572-0438

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  • 24th annual Bridal Showcase EXHIBITORS AND PARTICIPANTS

    •  A Day to Remember

    706 Queenswood Trail, Victoria

    361-576-5556

    • A Plus Party Rentals

    503 Glascow St., Victoria

    361-237-0897

    apluspartyrentals.com

    Albrecht Artistic Photography

    408 Woodchase Drive, Victoria

    361-579-6145

    albrechtartisticphotography.com

    • All About the Dress

    13955 U.S. Highway 77 North, Victoria

    361-572-0438

    allaboutthedress.com

    • All Eyes on the Bride

    416 Herman Road, Yoakum

    361-741-7939

    marykay.com/mbaros

    • Al's Formal Wear

    6302 N. Navarro St., Victoria

    361-572-3600

    alsformalwear.com

    • Bliss Bridal, Prom and Formal Wear

    8607 N. Navarro St., Suite A

    361-572-3941

    blissbridalandformals.net

    • Bubba's Cajun Style Seafood

    1142 state Highway 185 East, Seadrift

    361-212-0170

    • Budget Wedding Videos

    1139 Parsons Road, Victoria

    361-894-3456

    budgetweddingvideos.net

    • Cakes for All Occasions

    8368 U.S. Highway 71, Nada

    979-758-3532

    facebook.com/cakesforalloccasionsruby

    • Candy Couture

    1509 E. Stayton Ave., Victoria

    361-550-0381

    facebook.com/candycouture.helen.soto

    • Chocolate Fountain Memories

    P.O. Box 521, Inez

    361-935-1446

    ChocolateFountainMemoriesTx.com

    • Cimarron Express

    1402 John Stockbauer Drive, Victoria

    361-576-9838

    • Color Me Paisley

    1307 E. Airline Road, Victoria

    361-582-4149

    • Complete Nutrition

    7905 N. Navarro St. No. 215, Victoria

    361-894-6315

    completenutrition.com

    • Cookies by Design

    8607 N. Navarro St. Suite C, Victoria

    361-574-9500

    cookiesbydesign.com

    • Country Catering & Bar-B-Q

    P.O. Box 7065, Victoria

    361-573-2855

    • D & E Party Barn Ranch

    783 Old Refugio Road, Victoria

    361-575-5353

    partybarnranch.com

    • Danny Vivian Photography

    101 Shiloh St., Victoria

    361-212-3575

    dvivianphoto.com

    • Devereux Gardens

    1313 N. Navarro St., Victoria

    361-573-3246

    devereuxgardens.com

    • Eilts Photography

    123 S Mechanic St., El Campo

    972-743-3687

    eiltsphotography.com

    • Elegant Creations by Maggie

    4301 N. Laurent St., Victoria

    361-655-8900

    facebook.com/pages/Elegant-Creations-by-Maggie/

    • Elegant-Victoria, Limousines and Charter

    1508 N. Ben Jordan St., Victoria

    361-894-5455

    elegantride.us

    • Film & Story

    6400 Ocean Drive No. 703, Corpus Christi

    361-288-4118

    filmandstory.com

    • Frankie-C DJ Service

    161 Tiffany Drive, Victoria

    361-218-7734

    • Halepaska's Bakery

    5805 John Stockbauer Drive, Victoria

    361-575-4715

    • Hampton Inn

    7006 N. Navarro St., Victoria

    361-573-9911

    victoria.hamptoninn.com

    • H-E-B Blooms

    6106 N. Navarro St., Victoria

    361-578-9891

    heb.com/blooms

    • Isn't That Gorgeous

    301 Westchester Drive, Victoria

    361-645-4545

    isntthatgorgeous.com

    • Jade & Madalynn: Bridal Boutique

    601 E. Rio Grande St., Victoria

    361-596-0274

    jademadalynn.com

    • James DJ Service

    123 Brandywine Lane, Victoria

    361-575-0975

    • KGibson Photography

    7415 FM 1301, Wharton

    979-533-1409

    Kgibsonphotography.com

    • King's Events & Tents

    106 Cozzi Circle, Victoria

    361-573-7230

    kingseventsandtents.com

    • Kurt and Company, Event Design & Decor

    2515 N. Azalea St., Victoria

    361-935-0477

    facebook.com/Kurtandcompany

    • La Mirage Weddings and Events

    123 North Star Drive, Victoria

    361-550-5828

    facebook.com/pages/La-Mirage-Weddings-and-events/

    • Life's Celebrations

    1925 E. Red River St., Victoria

    361-580-0150

    lifescelebrationstx.com

    • Main Course Catering

    612 E. Red River St., Victoria

    361-485-2914

    • Maison Chic Bridal & Special Occasion

    1040 Schultz Road, Yorktown

    361-564-3989

    maisonchicbridal.com

    • Mark Clem Photography

    503 Chimney Rock Drive, Victoria

    361-485-9622

    markclemphotography.com

    • Mike Pozzi Catering

    1909 John Stockbauer Drive, Victoria

    361-571-1450

    • Moonlight Entertainment

    482 Champlain Drive, Victoria

    361-576-1669

    moonlightentertainment.net

    • New Beginnings

    115 E. Monseratte St., El Campo

    979-543-1661

    newbegbridal.com

    • O'Connor Proctor Building Rentals

    202 N. Main St., Victoria

    361-573-4508

    202northmain.com

    • Perfect Partners Video

    82 Haynes Road, Victoria

    361-576-6561

    perfectpartnersonline.com

    • Photo Booth Memories by Bridget

    4720 Farm-to-Market 447, Victoria

    361-574-7812

    • Platinum Sounds Entertainment

    116 Clydesdale Lane, Victoria

    361-576-2067

    psetx.com

    • Power Avenue Warehouse

    402 East Power Avenue, Victoria

    361-578-4260

    poweravenuewarehouse.com

    • Pure Romance by Penny

    3851 State Highway 111 East, Yoakum

    361-401-0908

    PennySalm.pureromance.com

    • Prosperity Bank

    101 S. Main St., Victoria

    361-573-6321

    prosperitybanktx.com

    • Soiree

    212 S. Main St., Victoria

    361-649-2086

    soireevictoria.com

    • South Texas Weddings

    211 Clydesdale Lane, Victoria

    361-579-7137

    southtexasweddings.net

    • Southern Gypsy Rose

    P.O. Box 45, Lane City

    979-533-6184

    • Spirit Inn

    3377 Lower Mission Valley Road, Victoria,

    361-649-5333

    spiritinnmv.com

    • Spring Creek Place Event Center

    12116 Nursery Drive, Victoria

    361-578-0105

    springcreekplaceeventcenter.com

    • The Bridal Rail

    100 W. Moore St., Moulton

    361-596-7772

    thebridalrail.com

    • The UPS Store

    8806 N. Navarro St., Victoria

    361-576-6911

    theupsstorelocal.com/5474

    • The Venue on Church Street

    125 E. Church St., Cuero

    361-243-1015

    thevenueonchurchstreet.com

    • Timeless Serenity Bed & Breakfast

    707 N. Washington St., Victoria

    361-649-4097

    timelessserenity.com

    • Tivoli Tunes DJ, Karaoke Services

    601 Haeber Lane, Tivoli

    361-286-3407

    • Uptown Events

    2955 Cohoba St., Austin

    361-935-7009

    uptowneventstexas.com

    • Victoria Advocate

    311 E. Constitution St., Victoria

    361-575-1451

    VictoriaAdvocate.com

    • Victoria Art League

    905 S. Bridge St., Victoria

    361-572-0825

    VictoriaArtLeague.net

    • Victoria County Master Gardeners

    P.O. Box 1723, Victoria

    361-575-4581

    vcmga.org

    • Werner's Restaurant & Catering

    317 N. Ave. E., Shiner

    361-594-2928

    wernerssteakhouse.com

    • Weddings by Design by H-E-B

    1505 E. Rio Grande St., Victoria

    361-572-8221

    heb.com/floral

  • If you go:

  • • WHAT: Pilot Club of Victoria's Bridal Showcase

    • WHEN: Noon-5 p.m. Jan. 12

    • WHERE: Victoria Community Center, 2905 E. North St.

    • COST: $5 per person; children 6 and younger get in free

Before walking down the aisle, Victoria brides-to-be can find their one-stop shop for dresses, caterers, wedding planners and other necessities.

The Pilot Club of Victoria's 24th annual bridal showcase will bring more than 60 exhibitors and between 500 and 600 participants to the Victoria Community Center on Jan. 12.

The event is the club's main moneymaker. The proceeds go toward helping those in the community with brain-related injuries and disorders, said Susan Riedesel, bridal showcase chairwoman.

Riedesel said the club donates a portion of its money to Project Lifesaver, the club's largest program that is dedicated to helping those who have dementia or memory problems. The money can buy equipment such as armbands for Alzheimer's patients.

"It's hard for the city and county to budget money for different things that they need, so this is one way we can solicit the money to be able to have this program," Riedesel said.

For more than two decades, the bridal showcase has expanded - from its first year as a fashion show in the Victoria Mall to occupying the entire community center, said co-chairwoman Sandra Guillott.

"It's our largest fundraiser, so it enables us to continue helping the community," Guillott said. "The community and vendors benefit greatly from it, and it's a one-stop place for everybody in our area."

Christina Cook, owner of All About the Dress, started exhibiting at the bridal showcase in 2007 as a wedding planner before she owned her business. She said she will exhibit All About the Dress again in the showcase because of last year's success.

"Pilot Club's bridal show is the biggest in our area," Cook said. "It brings in the most clients, brides and is the most well put together."

Cook said she continues to participate because of the potential to reach out to brides in the area. She said she also enjoys helping an organization that is giving back to the community.

Brides can even find the perfect caterer for their special day.

Mike Pozzi, owner of Mike Pozzi Catering, who is participating in his third year at the bridal showcase, said he uses the event as a way to allow brides to sample his food.

"It really makes it convenient for the brides to get everyone in one place at one time." Pozzi said.