By Alicia Lacy

Killeen Daily Herald

For the second time this year, the Killeen Daily Herald's Bridal Extravaganza offered soon-to-be brides ideas and vendors for all their wedding needs under one roof.

The annual event is usually held just at the beginning of the year, but popular demand prompted organizers to pull together a second show Sunday at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center, said Tiffany Muller. the Herald's advertising director and event organizer.

Muller said the event was an opportunity for Central Texas brides to have a one-stop shop to meet with vendors to help with their special day.

Brides, grooms and their families visited with the vendors to find the perfect venue, dress, tuxedo, cake, photographer, florist and caterer for their dream wedding.

Brittany McGill of Harker Heights went to the event with a friend. McGill said she plans to wed in September and browsed a few of the cake and dress vendors.

With plans to get married on Valentine's Day next year, Shawn Guevara came to the event to find a good caterer while browsing the other displays to get some ideas for her wedding.

Vavette Blevins, owner of Arts of Work Cakes in Killeen, is a regular at the event. She always has a few examples of her creations available for visitors to see and chocolate and vanilla cupcakes to taste.

Blevins, who has been in business in Killeen for about three years, said she has always gotten a positive response from visitors at the event.

Elaine Lincoln, the founder of Wedding Industry Outreach, was at the expo to recruit brides for her upcoming $500 wedding - which will give five couples a free wedding Aug. 22 - and to let brides know about the nonprofit organization.

The group allows brides to give to a charity in lieu of wedding favors.

Lincoln said the August wedding is open to couples renewing vows or newlyweds. All donations will be donated to Soldiers Angels, Truth Be Told, Keri's Fairy Godmother Foundation, The Smile Never Fades, Hotels for Hope, Special Olympics, Glimmer of Hope, LiveStrong and Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors.

Contact Alicia Lacy at or (254) 501-7559. Follow her on Twitter @KDHfeatures.

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