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Soon-to-be brides gathered for bridal show in Biloxi

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Future brides filled the Coast Coliseum on Sunday to meet face to face with potential wedding vendors. Elegant tablescapes were a sight to see as they lined the entrance of the show.

A crowd of mostly women roamed various booths each featuring the latest in make-up, catered food and wedding cakes, wedding photographs, musical selections, rental items, invitations and several other essentials needed to make the perfect wedding. A bridal lounge gave attendees a chance to take a break in between wedding vendors.

"The photo booth was huge. Broome's catering, we had a line. They may still have a line. Pine Hills was making bouquets for brides. The fashion shows were packed. The tablescapes have been really popular for the brides to look at," Premier Bridal Show Producer Lynda Jungkind said.

A fashion show ended the event. Models of all sizes walked down the runway in wedding gowns, as well as, bridesmaid dresses.

With the average cost of a wedding set at $28,000 officials warn future brides, "Don't try to plan the wedding yourself."

"The biggest issue is brides try to do it themselves. So this is why we have this, so they can meet the wedding professionals who can make it happen. So their wedding will be stress free," Jungkind said.

Last year, Mississippi removed the three-day waiting period for a marriage license and the bride and groom no longer have to undergo premarital blood test for syphilis.

"They changed the marriage laws so there is no waiting period so for the coast, which is a destination wedding for a lot of people. They can come. There is no waiting period at all so it's a huge boom for the coast and places like Natchez where people come from all over the world to get married. So for the State of Mississippi, which has a high tourism rate, it's a huge boom for us," Jungkind said.

Jungkind said planning a wedding takes up to 12 to 15 months out from the wedding date.

Tips for brides-to-be:

1.) Know who the wedding professionals are. You can find them on trusted websites like TheKnot.com or look at magazines like Premier Bridal Show.

2.) Hire a wedding professional.

3.) If it sounds too good to be true it probably is. So do your dual diligence when working with various wedding professionals.

If you missed the show, not to worry. Another Premier Bridal Show will be held on July 28 at the Biloxi Civic Center.

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