Whether it is a wedding or prom, it all starts with the dress. This year at the Prom and Bridal Fashion Show and Expo, dresses will be on display, modeled and auctioned at reasonable prices.
But not only dresses are available at this show, vendors including photography, catering, hairdressers, jewelry and makeup will be offering giveaways and deals.
And the best part is a portion of the proceeds will go to benefit Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society (ACS).
The doors open at 1 p.m. at Caryville Elementary School on Saturday for the event.
The latest styles of dresses from the Gilded Gown in Knoxville and a variety of local vendors will be part of this year’s Prom and Bridal Fashion Show.
“I encourage everyone to come out March 7, to Caryville Elementary School and check out the great dresses whether prom or bridal and meet many local vendors that can help make your special day one to remember,” said event co-organizer with First Volunteer Melissa Smith.
Sponsored by First Volunteer and the Gilded Gown, the event will benefit the ACS as a Relay for Life fundraiser.
“It isn't often that you get to be involved in something as important as raising money to help find a cure for cancer and have such a great time all at once,” said Smith.
Event co-organizer Tiffany Crutchfield said they hope to raise $5,000 as a team this year.
“I would love to raise $5,000 this year; I know that goal is high, but I really believe we can do it,” said Crutchfield.
Vendors for the event include Avon, Mary Kay, Lia Sophia Jewelry, Gilded Gown, Premier Jewelry, Southern Charm Portraits, SophieMac Photography, Tiger Eye Photography and more.
“I also have calligraphers for invitations, women who monogram, the historic wedding chapel, seamstresses, cake decorators, hair and nail techs,” said Crutchfield.
First Volunteer is interested in having more vendors that specialize in proms and weddings, specifically florists, hair stylist, caterers and jewelers.
“If someone wants to be a vendor they need to call soon,” said Crutchfield about the limited space.
Vendor spaces are $25 a booth and admission for the event is $5 for adults and $3 for children and students.
The fashion show starts at 3 p.m.
“They can come in and check out the vendors. Most are giving away free samples, taking chances on items, or doing show specials,” said Crutchfield. “The Gilded Gown of Knoxville has offered to lend us use of dresses for the show.”
An additional aspect of the show will be a dress auction. Ayers Auction will be auctioning dressed donated from the public and by dress stores after the runway presentation. Dress owners can drop off unwanted dresses at any First Volunteer Bank branch by Friday. The owners can set a price for the dresses and when they are auctioned a portion of the sales will go to Relay.
Both Miss Knoxville and Miss UT are scheduled to make an appearance at the show as well.
Models for dresses include students from Campbell County High School and LaFollette Middle School. Amy Floyd, modeling coach with the Gilded Gown, has been modeling since she could walk, according to Crutchfield. She will be the emcee for the event and coach all the models.
“She (Floyd) is also doing the music for the show and has been a huge help,” said Crutchfield. “She knows all the little secrets to make a fashion show work.”
“I am very excited about the fashion show next month, considering all the success we had last year I look forward to continuing this most rewarding event,” said Smith.
Tickets can be purchased at any First Volunteer Bank branch.
There is still time to be involved in the show, according to Crutchfield. For more information contact Crutchfield or Smith at 907-8034.