Some call Winchester the wedding capital of Virginia. Others call it the wedding capital of the east coast. Whatever you call it, brides come to Winchester when preparing for their wedding and on Sunday afternoon they were strolling all over Old Town
They were there for the second annual "Strolling Bridal Show". It's events like this one, Old Town businesses want to see more of.
"Starting Friday, it's a year countdown," said Falon Pitta of Berryville.
It's a count down to Pitta's wedding day. About five months ago, her boyfriend popped the question.
"So then he pulled this ring out and I was like oh my god. I wasn't expecting that so it was exciting that," said Pitta.
Pitta came down to the "Strolling Bridal Show" with a few of her friends to start preparing for the wedding.
"I need to get on the ball with getting some stuff together," said Pitta.
The wedding and engagement pictures now too.
And the flowers.
"I guess pretty much every bride thinks about flowers and it's usually one of the biggest parts at least her bouquet. Like we don't always do flowers on the table, but the bride always gets something at least for herself," said Elisa Scott.
Elisa Scott with Bluebells Flowers and Gifts says weddings make up about 40 percent of their business. Scott says they're already getting bookings for 2013 weddings.
"June used to be the main wedding month and it's turned into September October and July August used to be hardly any weddings and now they're getting really busy because a lot of places offer discounts during the slow season," said Scott.
About 100 brides-to-be strolled through Old Town. Businesses say it's an event that gets people in stores they wouldn't normally go into.
"I think for the merchants they don't have to spend as much money as entry fees and all of that into a show and it also gives the customer they're out in the beautiful weather, they're strolling through our gorgeous old town. And then they get to see the store. They get to see all the staff. It's a really nice idea," said Kimberly Sowers with Kimberly's.
Sowers says, there's potential to have even more events like this one, once the venue space in the Taylor Hotel is complete.
"i just think out future is tremendous."
This year, there were three times as many brides compared to the first year Old Town did the "Strolling Bridal Show."
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