Last updated: July 26. 2013 2:35PM - 1980 Views
By ANDREW M. SEDER



Bride-to-be Donna Mead, left, and her mom, Diane Mead, both of Lake Ariel, talk about floral centerpieces from A&M Floral Express with home furnishings consultant Joni Apostolakos at a bridal show Thursday hosted by Raymour and Flanigan Furniture in Wilkes-Barre.
Bride-to-be Donna Mead, left, and her mom, Diane Mead, both of Lake Ariel, talk about floral centerpieces from A&M Floral Express with home furnishings consultant Joni Apostolakos at a bridal show Thursday hosted by Raymour and Flanigan Furniture in Wilkes-Barre.
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WILKES-BARRE —Dozens of local brides-to-be flocked to Raymour and Flanigan on Thursday, but they weren’t there for the sofas and nightstands.


The furniture store hosted a bridal show, inviting local companies that cater to weddings and future brides to mingle.


Lori Thomas, the store’s manager, said that while the intent is to bring together local businesses and potential customers, there’s also the hope that the engaged ladies will set up a bridal registry at the furniture store.


To help drive that point home, the store offered $100 registry credits and gave away cards that could be tucked into invitations urging wedding or shower guests to give to the couple’s Raymour and Flanigan registry.


Thomas invited about 50 area brides but said any bride that came in was eligible to get some free gifts, including champagne flutes, and take advantage of special discounts the businesses were offering, including discounted limousine rental and honeymoon travel savings.


Florists, jewelers, food and wedding gown companies were among the dozen local companies on hand to show off their wares and try to make a sale or 10.


Thomas said the furniture show has been holding more of these community shows, including a home show held in the spring to try to bring the community’s businesses and customers together while also getting potential customers through its own doors.


The furniture sales company held similar events at nine other locations throughout the Northeastern United States on Thursday including those in Philadelphia, Warwick, R.I., and the Bronx, N.Y.


Alicia Carroll, 24, of Scranton, was among the soon-to-be wed women in the house.


“I’ve never heard of a registry event at a furniture store. It’s good. I didn’t expect all of the different vendors to be here, too,” said Carroll, who is set to marry fiance Joe Maros on Oct. 18, 2014.


She registered at the store.


“I have everything I need for a house; I just need furniture,” Carroll said.


That’s a trend Thomas said she has been seeing with couples.


“They’re not going for the traditional gifts like appliances or dishes,” said Thomas, who was wearing a bridesmaid’s dress. “Now they’re looking for bigger items or gifts toward their honeymoon.”


Times Leader intern Drew Schaub contributed to this story.


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