From wedding cake to honeymoon, Central Sussex Bridal Show is quite engaging!

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Model citizens: Wedding attire takes center-stage at the Central Sussex Bridal Show.

MILLSBORO — For 21 years, the Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce’s Central Sussex Bridal Show has engaged in convenience in providing information and vendor connections for all of the steps in planning a wedding.

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Yvonne Cimone of Dance Moves and Manners.

Dance instructor Yvonne Cimone of Bridgeville takes it one step farther.

Through her Dance, Moves and Manners social dance she offers free wedding dance workshops catered for brides and grooms but open to anyone who wants to connect to the dance floor.

“It teaches the men how to lead like real men; the secrets of leading,” said Ms. Cimone, “A lot of men won’t take a dance lesson because they don’t know how to dance. But once they learn how to lead and they know it’s not rocket science and they learn how to hold a woman and how they transmit the signals, they get it. They get it right away.”

The feminine side of the workshop is geared at teaching “the women how to not steal the lead. Because we are so used to trying to lead ourselves because men have never learned, we end up in a wrestling match.”

“So to make it fun I give a free lesson just to prove to guys that they can learn this. At the workshop I teach them how to lead, follow and a few great moves that they can use in any dance. It is a lot of fun,” said Ms. Cimone, whose free wedding dance workshops in Sussex are March 28 in Lewes and April 1 in Seaford.

Reservations are required and can be made at

Twenty-eight vendors and a huge number of attendees packed the Millsboro Town Center for Sunday’s bridal show, sponsored again by Chardon Jewelers Ltd., of Georgetown.

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Heidi Carey and Donna Koskey of Chardon Jewelers Ltd., sponsor of the bridal show.

“Outstanding,” said Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Amy Simmons. “This is the largest crowd we’ve had in a long time.”

“We’re very proud to be a sponsor for quite a few years with the Millsboro bridal show,” said Donna Koskey of Chardon Jewelers Ltd. “We’re members of the chamber and have been since we opened our business. This has been going on for 21 years and it fits right into our line of business. We’ve been to quite a few (bridal shows). This is a very outstanding bridal show. It’s a great venue. It brings a lot of people here. Everybody comes because it’s about the bride.”

Sandi Hagans of Georgetown was among the brides to be. She accepted her marriage proposal on Feb. 10, her birthday.

“The lucky guy’s name is Christian,” said Ms. Hagans, who is employed at First State Community Action Agency. “No date has been set. I am actually waiting until I finish my doctoral program. I will be graduating with my doctorate in January. So we’re looking at April or June of next year.”

“I don’t have anything planned. I think I am still processing it. My daughter is a vendor here. So I am looking around for ideas and things and looking at some packages that people have to offer; anything they can do to make me the best bride ever!”

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Wedding gowns were showcased in the Candlelight Bridal fashion show.

Attendees were treated to a bridal fashion show provided by Candlelight Bridal Shop.

In addition to numerous door prizes, the grand prize was a two-night honeymoon stay with assorted gift certificates courtesy of the Atlantic Sands Hotel & Conference Center in Rehoboth.

Dee Daisey, owner of Cakes by Dee in Millsboro, has been a vendor all 21 years at the Central Sussex Bridal Show. She has been making wedding cakes for about 25 years, thanks to her cousin.

“He just wanted me to make him a cake 25 years ago. So I made it for his wedding. It snowballed from there,” said Ms. Daisey.

Current wedding cake favorites, she said, are seashore scenes and fresh flowers. Her best sellers are tropical (pineapples, cherries and coconut), double fudge chocolate, lemon and liquor cakes.

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Sky Brady offers wedding music/entertainment information to Michelle Ross.

“And I make my own seashells, white chocolate,” she said.

Jennifer Zur, a travel agent with Bethany Travel in Millsboro, said diversity and variety are today’s honeymoon trends. All-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean are popular, she said.

“A lot of people aren’t sure where they want to go; there is the entire world. So it is our job to help tailor the perfect honeymoon for them,” said Ms. Zur.

Kelly Sharp is the restaurant manager for The Brick Hotel. The historic restaurant/inn on The Circle in Georgetown can accommodate weddings up to 85 people, the reception and house wedding parties, guests and the honeymooners.

“It’s a one-stop shop,” said Ms. Sharp. “Groups actually book all 14 rooms in the inn so they’ve got their own private place for the weekend to celebrate. We do get a lot of local folks.”

From the music world, Brian K. Hall and Sky Brady were taking wedding bookings for disc jockey service.

“Probably in music over the last few years it’s really gotten a big variety, thanks to things like Pandora and a lot of other music services,” said Mr. Hall. “A lot of brides and grooms are open up to what I would call less traditional sounding wedding music. Some of the music I may not have even heard, which is a lot of fun.”

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Birthday girl Amy Simmons, executive director of the Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce, receives balloons from Brian K. Hall, emcee for Sunday’s bridal show.

“October is starting to be the most popular wedding month,” said Mr. Brady. “I think it has a lot to do with the weather. People are liking that fall wedding.”

Popular song requests span the gamut, they said.

“You can never go wrong with things like “Celebration” from Kool & and Gang and “Old Time Rock and Roll” by Bob Seger. One that actually is not very old, in fact it was just out within the last year or two, is Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk,” which is a great dance song,” said Mr. Hall.

As for the tradition First Dance, “Amazed” by Lonestar is a favorite and George Strait’s “I Cross My Heart” is always a big favorite, Mr. Hall said.

Mr. Brady, who has attended all 21 Millsboro bridal shows, said his song list includes “The Cha Cha Slide,” “Cupid Shuffle,” and “Uptown Funk.”

“And I still say, and it has been going strong for almost 30 years, the ‘Electric Slide’ is still popular. The ‘Macarena’ and the ‘Chicken Dance’ not so much. Where you get a wedding where it’s more family oriented and there is a lot of kids, it is fun to play that kind of stuff,” Mr. Brady said. “And there are other times some of the people are like, ‘Whatever you do, don’t play that Macarena!’”

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