Simply Southern

Wedding vendors in the Milledgeville area have a unique opportunity to promote their businesses and the specialty services they provide at an upcoming bridal and formal wear expo.

Camille Murner, owner of local estate sale company Vintage Vibes, is helping to the plan event. She said organizers are looking for more vendors to sign on and showcase their businesses. Murner said the hope is that the event can promote the services available in the area to brides and show them that they don’t have travel to other cities to find the things they need for their big day.

“Our goal is for the bride to have had some wraparound services available for her, kind of a semi-planning event, to get an idea of the price ranges she’s looking at and availability in the Milledgeville area,” she said. 

Murner said her business will have 125 boutique-quality dresses for sale at the event with none of them priced at more than $300. They will also have about 300 formal dresses available for prom, mother of the bride and mother of the groom, flower girl dresses, wedding jewelry and more.

“Anything that you normally find in a bridal shop, it will be there … Anything that you can imagine that you would need,” she said.

Murner said a couple of other vendors are already lined up, including a photographer and a rental business. There is space available for other services like caterers, DJs, travel agents and more. There are 20 booths available inside the event venue and 10 lots available outside.

Murner said there will also be a cash bar on the day of the event, and fitting rooms will be available upstairs for brides to try on the dresses. In addition, there will be a drawing for a rental discount from Simply Southern Barn, and one wedding dress and one formal dress will be given away.

The bridal and formal wear expo will be held at Simply Southern Barn on Saturday, Feb. 12, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 13, from 1 to 6 p.m. Admission to the event will be $5. Anyone interested in being a vendor should contact Murner at 478-232-1790.

She said she hopes the day will be one where brides can come and relax and begin to plan their big day, and one that will also give local service businesses a chance to show just how much they have to offer.

“I think it’s a win-win for Milledgeville,” she said. 

Simply Southern Barn is located at 135 Forte Dr. in Milledgeville.

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