Second annual Bridal Trail becomes huge event

| 30 Sep 2011 | 09:45

WARWICK - Most observers remarked that with the exception of Applefest, the second annual “Warwick Valley Bridal Trail” in the downtown business and historical district has eclipsed all other one-day Village events in size and participation. On Saturday, June 4, the Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce welcomed crowds of future brides and grooms, along with their relatives and friends. More than 50 vendors participated. This year’s Gold Sponsor was Warwick Price Shopper and State Farm Insurance served as the Silver Sponsor. More than 60 brides to be first registered in front of Etched in Time Engraving at 58 Main Street where they picked up their “passports” and free “Bridal Trail” pink tote bags to hold their free gifts. During the event visitors had an opportunity to meet vendors and local merchants that offered merchandise, gifts and services geared to engaged couples’ every need. And, while they shopped and discussed their plans with wedding professionals, participating shops invited each visitor to pick up a “Bridal Tip,” with helpful information and a chance to win a prize at the end of the day. Co-chairs Sue Loughren, Nicole Repose and Sarah Schwartzberg also arranged for a special finale to this year’s Bridal Trail. At 3 p.m. everyone was invited to a mock wedding reception at Lewis Park catered free of charge by Charlotte’s Tea Room. Guests also enjoyed a Champaign toast courtesy of Peck’s Wines and Spirits. And all those who brought along their “Bridal Tips,” had an opportunity to win valuable prizes offered by participating merchants. Emcee Mayor Michael Newhard called out the winning numbers for piles of attractively wrapped gifts donated by every vendor. “This is more like a shower,” he remarked.