All eyes on the wedding dress, of course!

Our fashion show plans. We promise a life-size 3D version during Something New Bridal Event on Jan. 3 at the Lerner Theatre in Elkhart.. 

Our fashion show plans. We promise a life-size 3D version during Something New Bridal Event on Jan. 3 at the Lerner Theatre in Elkhart.. 

You don’t have to venture far into the Internet to find out why a wedding dress is such an important symbol – for yourself, for the ceremony, for the memories. No decision during the entire wedding planning process likely causes more stress or ultimately provides more satisfaction for the bride-to-be.

When the ideas for Something New Bridal Event were first being tossed about, it became clear to the planners that the fashion show must be a focal point for the day.

Forget the runway – let it have theatrical elements.

Leave behind the dull drapery background – imagine the dresses in the settings for which they were designed.

Ditch the single-file parade – give the audience a chance to take in all the beauty.

“With the unique facility that we have at our disposal, we have been able to create fashion shows that are completely unlike other events,” says fashion show director Danny Reynolds, owner of Stephenson’s in downtown Elkhart. “Whereas other shows are focused on the vendor, we wanted to create ‘Something New’ – a completely bride-centric event. The focus of this show revolves completely around what the bride and groom need in order to plan and achieve the most important elements of a dream wedding.”

Stephenson’s models will share the stage with another Gateway Mile boutique, Elegant Designs. The show also will get an assist from the talented performers of Premier Arts and the Lerner Theatre’s professional technicians.

“These shows will highlight dresses in the settings of traditional, destination and garden/outdoor weddings, and we will showcase fashions that will be trending in 2015 and beyond,” Reynolds says.

Bridal fashion shows will take place at noon and 2 p.m. and are included with admission to Something New Bridal Event on Jan. 3. For complimentary tickets, visit any of our participating expert sponsors and vendors.