Monett High School's commons area was transformed into a bridal and prom mecca this past Saturday for "A Formal Affair," the first bridal and prom show to be held locally for a number of years.
Organizers were pleased with the turnout for a first-time event.
"We hope that those who came enjoyed the event and found it helpful for wedding or prom planning," said Margie McCormack, of Jolly Mill Weddings who served as a member of the event's planning committee.
"Some of the comments we heard were that they liked the variety of buinesses present and they commented on how nice things were displayed," said McCormack. "They also thought the fashion show was wonderful."
The fashion show, which took place on a runway set up in the middle of the commons area, lasted an hour and attracted a large crowd. The show featured dresses by Maggie Sottero, Mori Lee and Precious. Hourly contests were also held throughout the six-hour event, and several nice prizes were awarded to participants.
"Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and vendors seemed to be pleased with the interest in their businesses," said Jenny Schulz, of Connie's Photography, who was also a member of the planning committee.
In all, there were 25 vendors who set up booths during "A Formal Affair." The vendors that participated included: florists; photographers; DJs; tent and wedding rental companies; wedding venue sites; spa operators; property management and real estate firms; and businesses selling purses, makeup, jewelry, candles and cookware.
"The businesses went all out to make their booths look professional and pleasing to the customers," said McCormack.
The planning committee hopes to hold another "A Formal Affair" next year. Surveys will be mailed to all participating businesses to get feedback and that information will be used to guide the direction of a future event.
"The Formal Affair committee would like to thank all the vendors and everyone who attended the show," said McCormack.
Other members of the planning committee included: Jennifer Harling, of Accents-n-Tents; Lenna Knight, of Accents-n-Tents; Norma Julian, of Norma's Inline Fashions; and Mellissa Bartelsmeyer, of Jolly Mill Weddings.