Brides-to-be explore their fantasies at North Country Bridal Expo

As receptions have become larger and more elaborate, so has the focus on what's being served long gone are the days of finger sandwiches and crudit in the church basement. Instead, brides are choosing menus which reflect their unique tastes.

Peck Sample, owner of the Rainbow Wedding and Banquet Hall, has seen this in the more than 200 weddings he hosts each year.

"People want to be filled up," he explained. "Buffet-style is also very popular. "

Sample has also seen a surge in unusual styles of wedding cakes. When he first started making cakes in-house, square cakes were extremely rare now they're the most popular style he makes.

One advantage of visiting wedding shows is brides have the opportunity to compare different services side-by-side.

Attendees at the North Country Bridal Expo had the added benefit of knowing they were supporting a good cause the North Country Regional Traumatic Brain Injury Center in Plattsburgh. The event this year raised more than $4,000 to help people regain functioning after a traumatic brain injury.

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