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Showcase is one-stop shopping for area brides

By BY NICOLE COBLER - SPECIAL TO THE ADVOCATE
Jan. 3, 2014 at 11:05 p.m.
Updated Jan. 3, 2014 at 7:04 p.m.

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

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.

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