TV’S David Tutera to be special guest at A Formal Affair on Feb. 19
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What: Formal Affair.

When: 1-5:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19.

Where: Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza.

Admission: $ 8 online, $ 10 at the door; $ 50 VIP meet and greet.


David Tutera is the go-to guy for celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, Matthew McConaughey or Elton John when they want to throw one-of-a-kind, unforgettable parties.

After four seasons hosting WE TV’s “My Fair Wedding,” he’s also built a reputation as the wedding planner who needs only three weeks to transform ceremonies from drab into fab. Even Disney hires him to put the magic in its Disney Fairytale Weddings.

Reality television’s popular wedding planner will be the featured guest on Sunday, Feb. 19, when Formal Affair fills the Chattanooga Convention Center. Formal Affair is the annual bridal expo sponsored by the Chattanooga Times Free Press. It offers brides-to-be the convenience of visiting with vendors from all aspects of wedding planning in one location.

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BUSINESS BUZZ: Bridal shop a labor of love

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BUSINESS BUZZ: Bridal shop a labor of love
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MURFREESBORO – For most people, they look forward to some down time after a long day at work, with a little TV, reading or some other enjoyable hobby. Not so for Karen Whitaker, who spends her after-work hours running a business.

“It’s so different from what I do during the day that it is my down time,” said Whitaker, a math teacher at Cason Lane Academy who is now celebrating the fourth anniversary of her business, Encore Bridal and Formal Wear.

In the evening and on weekends Whitaker surrounds herself with beautiful dresses and accessories. She shares in the moment when a blushing bride-to-be finds “the one,” and celebrates with an excited senior when she finds her perfect prom dress.

Every girl loves to dress up, Whitaker said.

“We are celebrating our fourth anniversary,” Whitaker said with a smile on her face. “It’s very exciting.”

She has moved from one side of the Public Square to the other, but still the focus of her shop is the same — helping “girls” find their dream dress at a price that fits budget realities.

Her racks are filled with both consignment and new dresses in countless colors and styles. Customers can wander through rooms of bridal gowns, prom dresses, mother of the bride/groom attire and more.

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Bridal dress store recreates TV experience
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READING — Meredith Burke, 23, of Blue Ash made shopping for a wedding dress a splendid affair – part big family outing, part pre-nuptial party.

“I had two of my bridesmaids, my sister, my cousin, my aunt, my mom and my future mother-in-law,” she says. “We spent the whole weekend shopping for dresses.”

Burke was particularly excited about newly opened Splendid Bridal. The store offered her and her group an experience straight out of TV’s “Say Yes to the Dress” – the TLC program that features real brides and their families shopping at Manhattan’s upscale bridal boutique Kleinfeld.

“I wanted to feel pampered and for someone to help guide me,” Burke says. “I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.”

The owners of Splendid Bridal, Mark and Donna Snyder and Ed and Wanda Nime, say that Burke’s shopping expectations are typical. Today’s brides want friends and family to help in the hunt. They want privacy and one-on-one attention at the store. And they want plenty of room, with upscale plush furnishings, for everyone to join in the gown reviews.

Happily, Mark Snyder wanted the same thing. He had owned a bridal store in Dayton for many years, and envisioned a bridal store concept here that could rival the now-famous Kleinfeld.

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