The city of Ringgold is hoping that wedding-goers will save the date in January, as the fourth installment of the Southern Charm Wedding Expo will be returning to the historic Ringgold Depot on Saturday, Jan. 18.
The Expo will be a free event that showcases the best of northwest Georgia's wedding service industry and offers a chance for brides, couples, and planners to sample and connect with area experts.
2014 will mark the fourth annual expo sponsored by the Ringgold Downtown Development Authority and the Ringgold Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.
"We usually average 300-400 people coming through the Depot for this in just a few hours," said Pam Green, who heads up the planning for the event. “Visitors will be able to connect with catering companies, decorators, DJs, and other wedding vendors to see what the area has to offer potential brides and grooms.”
Several local establishments are returning for their fourth year, but there are always new and trendy services for each bridal season.
"I look forward to this event every year. I look forward to seeing the returning vendors and meeting the new ones,” Green said. “Every vendor has so much to offer the bride and groom to be.”
The Expo will feature a variety of merchandise vendors, caterers, planners, bakers, photographers and videographers and DJs.
"I enjoy seeing the faces of the brides and the relief in sometimes finding that perfect location, or gift, or dress," said Green, who emcees the bride and bridesmaid fashion show. "It makes me happy to know we had a small part in their special day.”
The past four years have offered another consistent city event to the calendar, while also bringing in people who might not have stopped in Ringgold otherwise.
"Anytime the city can bring such a wide variety of businesses to the Depot and attract people from all over the metro area to spend a few hours in downtown, we're happy to help," said Joseph Brellenthin, director of downtown development for the city of Ringgold. "Our goal is to make this an affordable way for restaurants, event venues, and private entrepreneurs to market their wedding services to hundreds of people and give everyone a fun way to spend an afternoon in downtown. The free samples from the different catering vendors are a great bonus, too.”
This year’s expo will feature a variety of wedding service vendors and a bridal show on Saturday Jan. 18, from noon until 4 p.m. at the Ringgold Depot at 150 Tennessee St. in Ringgold. Admission is free, and parking is available at the Depot, along Nashville Street, and in the public parking lot across Nashville Street from the Depot. Businesses interested in applying to be a vendor at the Expo should contact city hall at 706-935-3061 or visit facebook.com/ringgoldexpo for more information.
Fourth annual Southern Charm Wedding Expo
When: Saturday, Jan. 18, noon to 4 p.m.
Where: The historic Ringgold Depot
Info: 706-935-3061 or cityofringgold.com