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Bridal Show Means Big Business For Local Vendors

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A local event continues to grow with more than 600 people attending a Grand Island bridal show.

In the Heartland Bridal Expo's ninth year, vendor Roses for You hasn't missed one.

"We wouldn't miss a year," said co-owner Andy Znamenacek. "You can be in a lot of different forms of advertising, but you can't get the exclusive exposure to the brides like you can at the bridal show."

"This kind of sets the stage for their business for the entire year," said show producer Hollie Klimek.

Klimek said a new trend for the area is brides not messing around.

"People have the dates set. They're set within a year, very determined, let's get this done," she said.

That's the case for bride-to-be Amanda Kone, engaged in October.

"Probably within two weeks of getting engaged I had the date decided," said the Kearney woman.

Now Kone is focusing on the details of her fall wedding.

"I took a lot of pictures and my bridesmaids are here helping me; and so we've got a lot of really good ideas," she said.

By mid–afternoon Saturday, the number of brides attending was up by 50 from last year.

"The doors open at 12:30 p.m.; by 1:30 p.m. we had already seen our attendance over 400," said Klimek.

She said that's a good sign for the local and national vendors participating.

Klimek said another trend she's seeing is more grooms getting involved in the planning.

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