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Local businesses support first ever Aiken-Augusta Bridal Show

Thanks to declining attendance, Augusta hasn’t had a bridal show since before the pandemic began. But a local wedding planning business is hosting an event of its own.

Magnolia Lane’s Polished Events in Evans will host the first Aiken-Augusta Bridal Show on Sunday, March 26, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Big Red Barn, an event venue located in Aiken. The event, which is being sponsored by several businesses, such as Voila Bridal and Simon’s Formal Wear, will include food, music, a fashion show, giveaways, and even a mock ceremony.

“We have over 25 vendors lined up; it’s a really exciting event,” said Magnolia Lane’s Event Management Director, Kelly Hilley.

Vendors will include Pampered Chef and Mary Kay. Hilley said many of the vendors will give away door prizes.

The fashion show, which is scheduled from 4-4:45 p.m. on the day of the event, will feature models wearing various wedding attire, such as bridal gowns and tuxedos. Trust and Mane Salon will style the models’ hair, and Annie’s Floral Boutique will provide all the flowers for the show.

“We’re hoping to get 150-200 people, and then grow and build from there,” Hilley said.

Kelly Hilley, Event Management Director of Magnolia Lane’s Polished Events, looks forward to the first Aiken-Augusta Bridal Show this weekend.

Next year, the company plans to hold the event at the Aiken Steeplechase.

“Aiken doesn’t have a bridal show at all, but a lot more people have been moving into Aiken,” she said.

Tickets are $15 and each attendee will be entered to win the grand prize, which includes a wedding planning package and a free honeymoon.

Hilley said engagement season starts right after the holidays and wedding season lasts from spring through the fall, but fall is typically a very busy season for Magnolia Lane’s.

“We’re double booked for two weekends in September and October,” she said.

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