Wedding trends turn in favor of local businesses

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Hundreds of future brides left Grand Island with smiling faces Sunday after H and H Show Production's 13th annual Bridal Expo, and so did the wedding vendors.

Over 500 people packed the Ramada Inn in search of vendors for their wedding.

They tasted food, looked at bridal gowns and tuxedos, checked out wedding photographers and listened to live music.

One of the live groups was the Hastings Symphony String Quartet. They played at the expo in the beginning years, but hasn't since one of their founding members died several years ago.

"It's been a number of years since we played, and we just decided it was time to get back into it. We do miss him, but we have some great players here now too," said Christa Speed, a cellist with the quartet.

Their return to the expo reflects a current wedding trend bridal experts are seeing.

The show's producer said more and more people are moving from self-planned weddings back to full services.

"It's kind of gone where people have done everything themselves, and realized "oh my gosh, it's so much work I don't want to do that,"" said Hollie Klimek, the show's producer.

Klimek said there were about 40 businesses at the expo. Many of them were from the Tri-Cities. She said several stopped coming to the expo for a time when self-planned weddings became popular.

She said social media played a large part in that. Websites like Tumblr and Pinterest gave couples more "do it yourself" ideas.

"That's also affected businesses. So I think with our vendors, where we had some of these vendors maybe ten years ago, they've had to evolve their businesses, and now they're coming back with a new look," Klimek said.

You can check out H and H Show Production's Facebook page for future events.

If you'd like more information about the Hastings Symphony String Quartet, you can call 402-469-9396.