Monett is site of new bridal show

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Brides-to-be and teenage girls searching for the perfect prom dress won't have far to look thanks to a new event that will be held in Monett on Saturday, March 13. A Formal Affair, the area's first bridal and prom show, will be held at the Monett High School from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on that day.

A Formal Affair is the result of several brainstorming meetings between area business owners who wanted to showcase their merchandise and professional services to local women.

"We started talking about doing a bridal show here in lieu of going to Springfield, Joplin or Fayetteville," said Lenna Knight, owner of Accents-N-Tents in Washburn who is helping plan the event.

"With the economy in a slump, we thought if we could offer a more affordable bridal show, we could encourage area businesses to remind the customers in our communities of the services and products that are offered locally," Knight said. "And hopefully the consumer will feel a more personal touch from a business they know."

Businesses who wish to participate in A Formal Affair can rent booth space for a very reasonable $150. This price compares well to shows held in larger urban areas where businesses can be charged upward of $400 for booth space.

"We are encouraging all businesses to get involved and join together to make this a successful event," said Margie McCormack, Jolly Mill Park event planner and member of the Formal Affair planning committee.

There will be 70 booth spaces available, and event organizers hope each booth will be filled. Businesses that will be showcased during the event include party and wedding venues, wedding and tent rental companies, florists, photographers, caterers, bridal shops, specialty gift shops, DJs, jewelers, hair salons, day spas and cake bakeries.

Those attending A Formal Affair will have the opportunity to visit the various booths, and there will also be special giveaways and sessions held throughout the day. A highlight of the event will be a runway show featuring the latest bridal, prom and quincenearas fashions. Quincenearas in the Hispanic community is a coming of age ceremony held on a girl's 15th birthday comparable to a Sweet 16th celebration.

The cost to attend A Formal Affair is only $3 per person. All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the GRIP boys home in Verona.

GRIP is a fully licensed private therapeutic residential treatment center serving boys 12 to 18 years of age who have been abused, neglected or made poor choices in their lives that have gotten them in trouble.

For more information about A Formal Affair, contact Margie McCormack by phone at 417-440-0054 or by e-mail at

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