Pilot Club Bridal Showcase celebrates 23 years of wedding planning

Jessica  Rodrigo By Jessica Rodrigo

Jan. 7, 2013 at 11:03 a.m.
Updated Jan. 6, 2013 at 7:07 p.m.

Pilot Club President Sandra Guillot has been working on her 10th Bridal Showcase for months. She's been working on the details of the big event, which is Jan. 13, and said she looks forward to seeing what new things the vendors are thinking up.

Photographers and videographers have come a long way, she said, from what they used to offer. Now, many of the businesses are equipped with digital equipment and are capable of making large prints if that's what the couple is looking for.

Guillot said the Bridal Showcase is the largest fundraiser for the club and it prides itself on hosting the largest bridal show in the community.

"It services the community, and it goes back to the community," she said.

The Pilot Club's main focus is helping people in the community with brain-related injuries and disorders. The money from the showcase will go toward Project Lifesaver, a program that Guillot said helps anyone in the community who is at risk of wandering.

Together with area law enforcement and other agencies, Project Lifesaver provides assistance to individuals and their families who may have illnesses, including Alzheimer's, dementia and autism, that cause the individual to leave home and not find their way back. The project offers bracelets that can help officials locate an at-risk individual who is lost. Money is collected from ticket sales and booth rentals.

The showcase will take over the Victoria Community Center for one day and includes a style show featuring area boutiques and shops.

"If you're going to get married here, you want local vendors. It's OK to go to Houston for ideas, but come here for the wedding," she said.

Guillot said this year's vendor lineup will include up to 70 businesses that specialize in weddings and special occasions in the Golden Crescent area and beyond.

"You can get run ragged making calls to all the businesses here in Victoria," she said. "Brides-to-be can have face time with the vendors and ask questions."

With Guillot's 10 years participating with the club and the bridal showcase, she has seen a lot of styles come and go. A few of her favorite booths to visit are the florists, fashion and food because they offer interactive displays. Some businesses will have fresh flowers bursting with color and food to sample or drinks to enjoy.

Cindy Bird, owner of Main Course Catering in Victoria, has been a repeat vendor at the Pilot Club Bridal Showcase for five years and will be there for the 23rd annual event, too.

She first attended the show as a vendor when other businesses in the industry recommended it.

"It's an amazing way to reach out to people," she said. "It doesn't draw just Victoria girls, but girls from Cuero, Houston, Dallas, Austin and Corpus that are going to get married here."

Bird, who has been married for 10 years, said the event is a great way for brides-to-be to settle on the details of their special day.

"It's an extremely awesome event for brides-to-be looking for vendors," Bird said. "If they're looking for something, it's an amazing event to go to."

Guillot said visitors, whether they be the soon-to-be bride or groom or family of the couple, should have questions ready to ask the business owners.

"If you have absolutely no idea or if you have a really good idea of what you want, either way you're going to come away with information."



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