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Hundreds of future brides come out for Wedding Fair

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By: Lauren Fabrizi

Hundreds of brides-to-be came out Sunday to Lincoln's annual wedding fair at the Cornhusker Marriot.

"It's a chance for us to hang out," Alexandra English said. "It's also a chance for us to check out local venues that have different food, different places, different flowers."

More than 50 vendors in the Lincoln/Omaha area were on hand at the fair Sunday. From photographers and caterers to DJs and bridal shops, brides–to–be had the chance to get ideas for almost every aspect of their wedding.

The consensus?

"Really overwhelming, very overwhelming," Renee Norton said.

"I don't know where to start," Michelle Jones added.

About 500 future brides came out to get a taste of what their wedding might be like. Some brides already have a few things picked out. Others need to start from scratch. Some said they still need to find the perfect wedding gown.

"It's really great when we can help a bride find that look she wants," Cheryl Thompson of Elegant Occasions Gowns said.

Russ Free, the fair's coordinator, said many brides are starting to plan away from the traditional wedding by having destination weddings on an island, or getting married outside of a church in places here in Lincoln like the Sunken Gardens or Pioneers Park.

Whether unconventional or traditional, Free said he knows how important it is for a bride to have her dream wedding.

"We want to make sure they have all the information they can get to make good decisions about their future," Free said.

This is around the 30th year the Wedding Fair has been in Lincoln. Organizers said it's always held this time in January.

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