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The Vermont Wedding Association celebrates its 11th year presenting bridal shows

The 26th Annual Rutland Bridal Show will take place Sunday, Jan. 22 at the Holiday Inn Rutland/Killington with excitement, fun, prizes, tastes and styles for all budgets. There will be state-of-the-art displays as this show boasts the largest gathering oVWAf the area's top wedding professionals.

Vermont Wedding Association (VWA) Bridal Shows are the top rated bridal shows in the industry voted by brides, couples and wedding professionals. The Knot will also be at the Rutland show with free magazines for all brides.

Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Prize drawings begin at 2:30 p.m. For a list of prizes, registration and tickets visit with four paid tickets, brides ticket is free.

VWA teams up with the Marrow Donor Program in celebration of new life

Vermont Wedding Association is pleased to team up with Kerry Ellis and Jennifer St. Peter of the Marrow Donor Program at the Rutland Regional Medical Center again for the Rutland show. The premise is, as couples begin their journey together toward a new life, they are often happy to give someone else a chance at a new life, explains Judy Risteff, owner of Vermont Wedding Association.

"We are pleased to share that three of our shows have found a match," she said. "I was invited by Kerry and Jennifer to a recent event where I was able to meet donors and recipients. It was an honor to be present to hear their stories and get to meet them. Our thanks goes out to all of the very generous engaged couples who are so willing to reach out and help someone in need. We are pleased to continue to reach out to our engaged couples and their families and friends at our bridal shows to search for donor."

Everyday approximately 6000 patients who need a life-saving marrow are searching for a donor match. We invite the community to stop by and join the registry even if they are not able to attend the show. Registering to be a possible match consists only of a brief medical form and a cheek swab.

VWA rolls out their new website

"The most recent VWA stats have revealed that over 90% of couples planning weddings look for their info online. The website, in its 11th year, continues to be the largest and most comprehensive online information center for couples planning weddings and events in Vermont," says Risteff. Adding "The biggest difference between the VWA website and others that are promoting Vermont weddings is that our categories were very specifically created by our members. As we transition members into the new site there will be no categories without a listing... Smooth sailing when this is complete and we expect these additions to result in continued success and even greater traffic," said Risteff

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