Brides and grooms-to-be flocked to the Killeen Civic and Conference Center on Sunday for the 10th annual Central Texas Bridal Expo.
The event, organized by the Killeen Daily Herald, brought together 38 area vendors to help couples plan nearly every aspect of their dream wedding.
“It’s a one-stop shop,” said Antoinette Pulliam, a sales employee from the Herald’s Tex Appeal Magazine, who was working the expo Sunday. “You have everything you need in one place.”
The vendors ranged from the traditional, such as dresses, limo rentals, caterers and venues, to music, bartending services and even Crossfit gyms to help brides and grooms shape up before the big day.
“I really wanted to look at the decor,” said Andrea Sanchez, who plans on getting married in June.
Sanchez and her soon-to-be-husband, Luis Santos, were two of the more-than 300 expected to attend Sunday’s expo.
Sanchez and Santos said they were looking for just about everything for their wedding.
“We’re just getting started,” Sanchez said. “There’s a lot to do.”
Tamara Freeman, a baker and pastry chef with Sweet Eats, said she has been coming to the expo since it started 10 years ago. She said the expo was a great opportunity to get out and meet potential clients.
“You get a chance to talk to them, and they get a chance to see what you have to offer and ask questions,” Freeman said.
Stacie Perez attended the expo as a vendor for the first time Sunday. Perez represented the Central Texas Home Builders Association, which runs a banquet hall that can be rented as a wedding venue.
Perez said presentation was a key element in attracting potential customers.
“With a venue, you can’t really bring the locations with you,” she said. “So the presentation of your booth is important.”
In the end, the in-person interaction is what attracted couples like Santos and Sanchez to the expo.
“It’s better when you get to see everything live,” Santos said.
“It’s great, because you get to see them face to face,” she said.