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‘Say I Do’ bridal expo in Berlin

8/23/12 | By Nathan Brunet, Staff Writer

BERLIN — With the traditional summer season coming to a close, the owners of Bustle, a new bridal boutique shop on South Main Street, continue their attempt to make Berlin a year-round wedding destination with the “Say I Do” bridal expo Saturday, Sept. 29.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., a section of Main Street next to the Atlantic Hotel will be blocked off while about 25 vendors from the area offer their wedding-oriented goods and services.

“These type of events help put us on the map,” said Jennifer Davis, who co-owns Bustle with her mom Kathy Walsh.

Sponsored by Main Street Berlin, many vendors will be from the downtown Berlin area. Three fashion shows will also take place throughout the day, split into separate themes: vintage, trousseau and bridal.

The vintage fashion show begins at 11 a.m. and will be simply for fun, while displaying decades-old outfits previously worn by local women.

Both the trousseau fashion show, which starts at 1 p.m. and incorporates clothing from Bruder Hill to wear for a honeymoon, and bridal fashion show starting at 3 p.m. will show off designs that can be purchased at the expo.

 For the grooms-to-be, a separate event will be held at the Waystead Inn on Harrison Avenue.

“It’s going to be a guy’s afternoon for those who don’t want to hang around fashion all day,” said Eric Swick, innkeeper and chef at the inn.

As many as 25 men can register for the 11 a.m.-1 p.m. outing that will serve hours d’oeuvres made by Swick, cigars from John’s Premium Cigars and beer from Burley Oak Brewery. To register for the Waystead Inn event, call Swick at 443-856-4755.

Vendor registration to participate in Say I Do officially ended Saturday, but any business wishing to take part in the expo can still call Bustle at 443-513-4248. Registration costs $125 and includes a table and sign for advertising.

This is the second townwide event Bustle has organized to build on its goal to make the town a popular wedding destination.

In conjunction with June’s 2nd Friday Art Stroll, Bustle held the Berlin Bridal Stroll as a celebration of its grand opening. Visitors to the event went to several businesses in downtown Berlin to win a wedding gift basket worth more than $1,000.

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