CARBONDALE – If you are among the newly or recently engaged, then be sure to mark Sunday March 4th on your calendar. The Northeast PA 2018 Wedding Showcase will be held at the Anthracite Center, 41 North Main Street, from 1:00pm-4:00pm. And it promises to be not only an enjoyably fun afternoon, but a helpful and informative one for those planning their ‘big day.’

“I’m really excited about this event,” said coordinator Lisa Criscera Conarton who owns and runs LC Solutions Wedding and Event Planning. “To date, we have 24 vendors signed up from throughout NEPA, and there’s still room for a few more. Whether you’ve just begun thinking about what you’ll do or are well into the planning process, if you want your very special day to go smoothly this is the kind of event you should attend. The Anthracite Center itself is a great site for a wedding showcase, and the suggestions offered and the ideas presented by the attending vendors promise to be wonderful.”

While the Anthracite Center has been welcoming numerous special and celebratory events since it initially opened as an event site last summer, “this is the first such bridal event that we’re holding here,” said Ashley Taylor, the Center’s General Manager and co-host for the Showcase. “Lisa is bringing in some great vendors who’ll present just what every couple needs to think about when they plan their wedding. The event is free to attend, and guests will certainly take away a lot of useful information.”

Once a couple becomes engaged and they set the date, the headaches often begin. Where should we get married? Where should we hold the reception? What about the wedding gown and bridal party attire, flowers and the photographer, the cake, food, music … and the list seems endless.

“All too often, the bridal couple ends up running all around from place to place and diving right into making plans without really thinking about their budget,” said Criscera Conarton. “And when suddenly the dollars start adding up, they quickly realize something has to give. But at an event like this, the bridal couple can comfortably meet and talk to professionals about all aspects of planning for their wedding. They can gain knowledge and insight and ask all the necessary and important questions, while getting some good up-front advice about all the details they need to consider. They’ll also learn the importance of working first with their budget and then making their plans. And along the way, there’ll be far less stress while they develop a comfortable and manageable timeline right up to when they say ‘I do.’”

Throughout the afternoon, Showcase guests can make connections that can lead into making their wedding plans go so much more smoothly. “The Showcase is also an opportunity to talk to other brides and grooms to be,” she continued. “It’s a chance to exchange ideas and share concerns too. Lots of options will be available, ideas will be displayed all throughout the Center’s main floor and mezzanine, and things can fall into place much more easily with the proper guidance.”

Among the many vendors presenting their very best for every bride and groom, Tunis Bridal of Moosic will offer ideas, styles and the latest trends, colors and more for the bride and her attendees. Golden Karat Jewelers of Mayfield will present wedding ring and varied gift selections, while Milly’s Baked Goods of Honesdale will offer her wedding cake designs and specialties, and Capra Collina Winery of Blakeley will share their favor-sized or table selection ideas.

Searching for honeymoon ideas? Ann Brownell’s Travel of Carbondale can help a couple plan a memorable honeymoon near or far, and Cove Haven Resort of Lake Wallenpaupack will also offer their get-away suggestions for those staying closer to home. Utopia Salon & Spa from Hawley will present their offerings for on-site hair and make-up, and Spirited Art Scranton will share their ideas for fun-filled bachelorette parties. For a bit of added fun and creativity, Brook Valley Farm of Fell Township will display their horse and carriage offerings, and Rustic Charm Vintage Rentals of Honesdale will offer insight into specialty props and tableware. And for creating life-long and everlasting memories, Samantha Derrick of Honesdale will display and discuss her photography work, while Frankie Carll Productions of Clarks Summit will discuss their ideas for musical entertainment, video, and photography.

“So much goes into planning a wedding,” said Criscera Conarton, “and it just doesn’t happen overnight. These vendors and others will better help, guide, and lead anyone planning a wedding toward making some of the best decisions. And if you already have some of your own ideas, come to the Showcase and discuss them with any of the vendors to expand upon them and get a different perspective. I believe that when planning a wedding, it’s important to talk to real people and not just look at things on the Internet.”

In addition to the Showcase itself, the first 150 engaged couples to register upon arrival will receive a valuable ‘goodie bag’ filled with a variety of gifts and offerings from the Showcase vendors. “These first 150 couples will also be eligible for a cash prize of $500,” said Criscera Conarton. “Upon registration, they’ll receive a mapped layout of the venue. Then after they’ve visited each vendor and had their layout stamped, that will serve as their entry into the grand prize drawing. We’re also going to have dozens of door prizes representative of our vendors. The Showcase promises to be a fun afternoon that will appeal to all ages.”

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