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The Gateway Convention Center will host a Wedding Show

By Devese “Dee” Ursery 

COLLINSVILLE — Planning a wedding in the near future, the Gateway Convention Center is having a wedding show to showcase everything dealing with wedlock.

The Wedding Show has been preparing couples, brides, grooms, and event planners to personalize their upcoming special event for over 15 years. The show date will be on Thursday, Jan. 25, from 5 – 8:30 p.m.. All registered engaged couples/event planners will be entered into a drawing for each vendor’s attendance prize.

The Gateway Wedding Show eliminates the pressures of planning your next event. At the event, people could meet more vendors in just a few hours, than you could visit in a month. They bring you a face-to-face sampling of virtually everything you’ll need to plan your perfect event, according to Julianna Sprehe, Sales Manager and Gateway Wedding Show Producer.

“For the couples that just got engaged, or the event planners just starting off, the show will feature everything they need,”  Sprehe said. “For those who are just looking for fresh ideas and inspiration, there will be plenty of new ideas on display.”

According to Sprehe the Gateway Convention Center hosts two Wedding shows a year, once in the summer and another in January. Couples, Family members, Event Planners and more can all benefit from participating in this show. You can meet so many different vendors, win prizes, and possibly win a free honeymoon. “In the Winter we do a Cake Decorating Contest, while in the Summer we do a Bridal Runway Show,” Sprehe continued.

For attending the Jan. 25 Wedding Show, visitors will automatically be entered to win a four-day, three night trip for two to the all-inclusive hotel, Dreams Onyx, located in the Dominican Republic. Thanks to Travel Haus, a couple will get to have their honeymoon in the Dominican Republic. The winners of the free honeymoon trip will be announced at 8 p.m. during the Wedding Show event.  

Couples had the opportunity to enter a Cake Decorating contest by going on the Gateway Convention Center’s Facebook page and comment on the post or share a short story of how they and their loved one met. Participants will be picked by a random drawing and notified through Facebook and/or Email. Three couples will be selected to participate live at the show and compete for Grand Prizes to use towards their Wedding Day. 

The bride and her significant other will compete alongside two other couples.  The contest will start at 7:30 p.m. on show day where  each couple decorates for four minutes.

Each couple will have one decorated cake and one undecorated cake in front of them. The Couple will need to work together to make the undecorated cake look as close to the decorated cake as possible.

A panel of judges will decide first, second, and third place winners. Cake, icing, and sprinkles are all included and provided by one of our show Sponsors, Patty-Cakes, located in Highland, Illinois. To attend the Show visitors must register at for free.


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