Town welcomes brides-to-be to sample goods and win prizes on third bridal tour

Young women from all over are expected to come to town here Sept. 11 to see what the merchants can do for them to make their wedding days extraordinary.

The Fergus Bridal Tour runs in spring and fall, and mer­chants are now preparing for brides, their attendants, and their mothers to come, visit, see what is available, and to win prizes.

“We’ve invited all brides-to-be to see what Fergus has to offer,” said Darlene Gray, of Grant Events Party Planners.

The tour runs from 9am to 4pm. It starts at Grand Events Party Rentals on St. Patrick Street. That is where brides can register for the tour and pick up their pasSports and an ad bag that will tell them all the places to visit during their stay in Fer­gus.

Gray said there will be door prizes at each store taking part, plus a final grand prize that will include something from every store that is taking part in the tour.

That should make a huge prize, because there are 15 stores taking part in the tour, and more were expected to join. That draw will be for those who have filled out all the places on their pasSports, which will be stamped at each store on the tour.

Natalie Airdrie, of Ele­gant Affair Bridals, said in an interview that the Fergus show is growing. This is the third one that has run in Fergus, and now, “We have girls coming in who heard about from their friends.”

She said she has dealt with about 100 brides so far on the Fergus tours, and they often bring their mothers, their maids of honour, and their friends, so a lot of people come to town for the day.

Airdrie’s show will be hosting the bridal fashion show at 10:30am. She said she will have the newest fall fashions, and the show has two advantages for brides to be: first, they can see the dress worn by someone, and, second, they can try it on after the show.

 Gray said all the stores will have to offer wedding related goods and services, but that includes a great deal of each. The tour will include visits and information about flowers, lim­ousines, cosmetics, , party fav­ours, disc jockeys and musi­cians, hall rentals, bridal wear, at­tendant wear, and clothes for the men in the wedding party, as well as such service pro­vid­ers as caterers, photo­graphers, and even beautiful sites avail­able for photos. There is even a place for tent rentals.

“The vendors will all display what they do,” Gray said, adding that some of them will also present things that will be available in 2011.

Besides the fashion show and various tastings for brides and their bridal parties to check out.

Airdrie said of the tour, “The word gets out and more people can attend.”

The bridal tour has a web site, www.fergusbridaltour­.com.