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Let's Go Fishing Show - Staff Announcement
Thursday, 14 August 2014 18:51


Hello Everyone:

Gateway Center will to be hosting the Let’s Go Fishing Show on January 2-3-4, 2015.  We intend to increase attendance every year by providing an exciting, family friendly show with interactive activities, live demonstrations, free seminars, prize opportunities and quality exhibitors.

I have some exciting news!  I am expecting another little girl on October 9.  Therefore, this fall I will be out on maternity leave.  In the mean time, I am working hard and doing as much planning as possible prior to my departure.

My co-worker Kayleen Huber is going to produce the Let’s Go Fishing Show while I am out.  Kayleen has lots of experience planning events at Gateway Center.  I am confident that things will run smoothly while I’m out and I won’t even be missed!  

I should be back for the show, so I hope to see you then!

Thank you,

Jamie Lane



Hello Everyone:

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to produce the Let’s Go Fishing Show on January 2-3-4, 2015 in Jamie’s absence.  I know that I have some big shoes to fill, but I am ready and excited for the challenge.

I have been with Gateway Center for 3 years in the capacities of Event Manager and Sales Manager.  The 2015 show will be my fourth Let’s Go Fishing Show, so I am familiar with many of your booths and products.  Perhaps you have seen me already at the previous shows.

Whether I have met you in the past or you are new to Gateway Center’s Let’s Go Fishing Show, I look forward to working with you all to create a fun and successful show.  If there is anything I can do to help you in any way, do not hesitate to ask.

Thank you,

Kayleen Huber


Vendors like the Let's Go Fishing Show because we offer:
- Affordable price
- Easy access in and out of the building
- Free parking for all
- Convenient location
- Close proximity to restaurants & lodging
- Free Hot Breakfast & Appetizers at the 2015 Host Hotel DRURY INN COLLINSVILLE


Dive into Something Sweet
Friday, 08 August 2014 13:59

During this year’s Gateway Bridal Show, the five lucky individuals that are chosen to participate in the 5th Annual Cake Dive will be destroying a cake carefully crafted by Artistry on Cakes live at the show!

Artistry on Cakes has been named #1 Wedding Cake Designer by Brides of The Knot. Stop by their booth and check out what they can do for you!  You can also visit their website at:


These lucky participants can also look forward to some fabulous prizes:

Prize #5: 6 Free Tuxedos courtesy of Willard’s Formal Wear

Prize #4: $100 Off Wedding Cake courtesy of Artistry on Cakes

Prize #3: $250 Off Bridal Gown courtesy of Champagne and Lace Bridal

Prize #2: Free Wedding DJ Package courtesy of Night Magic Entertainment

Prize #1: Free Honeymoon courtesy of Ambassador Travel & Cruises (airfare not included)

*Some restrictions may apply


Be sure to stop by the Gateway Bridal Show on August 10th from 1 to 4:30 p.m. for your chance to win!

Enter to Win a Free Honeymoon!
Tuesday, 05 August 2014 19:52

Take a break from all of the stressful wedding planning, and come to the Gateway Bridal Show on Sunday, 8/10 to enter to win a honeymoon courtesy of Ambassador Travel & Cruises.  Five lucky brides will be chosen to compete in the 5th Annual Cake Dive. The grand prize winner will spend 4 days and 3 nights on an all inclusive trip Sunscape Sabor in Cozumel, Mexico! (Airfare not included.)

Ambassador Travel & Cruises can save you the headache of planning every little detail of your trip. Sit back and let the professionals do it! These highly experienced travel agents have the knowledge of all the hottest honeymoon destinations and can help you plan the perfect trip to celebrate your special day.

For more information about Ambassador Travel & cruises, please visit:

Join the Shutter Family!
Monday, 04 August 2014 18:26

Join one of the hottest new trends by adding a photo booth to your wedding reception. This is a perfect way to get your guests up and moving, and its fun for all ages!

Upon arriving to the Gateway Bridal Show, you can look forward to ShutterBooth’s Step and Repeat! What’s a better way to start of your day than a photo with your entourage to take home with you?  Come with your friends and check out all the fun props, then instantly receive your pictures! It’ll be a day you won’t want to forget, so let ShutterBooth help you capture the moment.

ShutterBooth is here to provide you with a positive and rewarding experience. The possibilities are endless, and they are devoted to making your special day exactly the way you want it. Take your friends anywhere in the world with the green screen, or record a personalized message to yourself with the new Shutter Video, then share it with all of your friends on social media with Shutter Share. Check out to create your perfect booth.

Gateway Bridal Show is this Sunday, August 10 from 1 until 4:30 PM.


~Blog by Anna Barshinger

The First Step to a New You!
Thursday, 31 July 2014 14:54

Your wedding day is a special one—so you deserve to look and feel your best! Medical Weight Loss just had their grand opening in Maryland Heights, Missouri on July 16th. Call in for a FREE consultation— they can help you lose weight, gain more energy and live a healthier life.  Their medical health team is dedicated to making a weight loss plan unique to your goals and needs.

Medical Weight Loss even has a Special Bridal Package, just for you! Visit for more information.

To learn more about the monthly specials, you can also visit their Facebook page at

Don’t forget to come to the Gateway Bridal Show on August 10th from 1 to 4:30 p.m. for your chance to win a $250 Weight Loss Quick Start Package and other great prizes!




Creating the Perfect Wedding with A-1 Party and Wedding Rental
Monday, 21 July 2014 20:49

You may have the perfect decorations in mind, but how can you really tell without actually seeing it right in front of you? A-1 Party and Wedding Rental is already a step ahead of you—check out the decorated Rotunda Showroom at the Gateway Bridal Show. You can see a full layout of various centerpieces, decorated head tables, archways, glassware and more!

Decorators on staff have knowledge of 100 different reception sites. Bring in your ideas to talk face-to-face with wedding professionals. Not only do they help you with finding the perfect rentals, but they help you throughout your whole wedding planning process. A-1 has the rental supplies you need for all types of weddings. From summer rustic decorations to elegant white lights, they can provide everything you need to make your vision come to life. Be sure to visit to find the latest wedding supplies and decorations!

The next Gateway Bridal Show is at Gateway Center on 8.10.14 from 1 - 4:30 PM.

~Blog post by Anna Barshinger

It’s Sparkler Season!
Tuesday, 08 July 2014 21:28

It's Sparkler Season!

After a beautiful Fourth of July weekend, I’m sure you have spent plenty of time playing with fireworks, sparklers and more. No need to wait another year to do that again!

Many couples are ending their special day with a sparkler send off, surrounded by all of their friends and family. This currently trending wedding idea provides you with amazing photos and unforgettable memories. You can find extremely talented photographers to help you capture these moments as well as other hot trending ideas at the Gateway Bridal Show
at Gateway Center
on August 10!

Beautiful Photos by:
Bolla Photography

Making the Most Out of Your Bridal Show Experience!
Tuesday, 17 June 2014 20:20

You may think a bridal show is the place to start all of your planning, but coming prepared can ease a lot of stress and enhance your experience! Now is the time to plan your special day—so relax and have fun! Following these six simple tasks this summer will make for a perfect day at the Gateway Bridal Show:

1. Prepare a checklist. The services available at the bridal show are unlimited—catering, formalwear, hair, nails, photography, and more. Making a list of the specific services you need will help make sure you have everything covered!

2. Have your questions ready. Now is your chance to come face to face with some of the best wedding professionals in the area! Make the most out of this opportunity by creating a list of questions you’d like to ask.

3. View our vendor list at By keeping an eye on our list of vendors, you can do some research and decide which booths interest you the most. We would hate for you to miss out on anything!

4. Make labels with your contact information. You will have plenty of opportunities to sign up for contests and giveaways. By creating labels with your name and email, or any other preferred contact information, you can save yourself a lot of time during the show.

5. Like us on Facebook. By following our Gateway Bridal Show page, you can keep up to date on the latest contests, giveaways, and wedding ideas!

6. Pre-Register! If you pre-register for the Gateway Bridal Show before noon on August 10th, you will receive one free admission pass for a guest along with a chance to win some great attendance prizes from our vendors.

The Gateway Bridal Show will be held on Sunday, August 10th from 1 to 4:30 p.m. For more information visit


~Blog Post by Anna Barshinger

2014 Bridal Attire Trends
Friday, 18 April 2014 17:12

Have you spend too much time researching and wondering what wedding attire is trending for 2014?  After meeting with Bridget, owner of  Bridal Manor in Waterloo, I have found the answers for you!

  1. Great Gatsby:  Brides are exploring the 1920s Great Gatsby Theme for their bridal attire.  Old Hollywood theme gowns and tie headbands have been a hot item in stores so far this year.
  2. Lace: Lace adds the elegant, vintage yet never outdated look to your wedding.  White lace and/or colored lace is in for both the bride and bridesmaids.
  3. Illusion necklines:  Absolutely Stunning.  See dress by Maggie Sottero.
  4. Western: Expect to see lots of brides and bridesmaids in their gowns along with cowgirl boots.  Bridal Manor has introduced a new tuxedo with a camouflage lapel this year!
  5. Neutral colors:  Brides are looking for bridesmaids’ gowns in neutral colors: blush, cream, vanilla, champagne and latte colors.
  6. Assortment of styles:  Bridesmaids are wearing the same color choice but their own style of dress to fit each body type.
  7. Belts:  You can change the look of any simple gown and make it stand out.

Make sure to stop by Bridal Manor to see their new collections and learn about their expert bridal advice!


Gateway Bridal Show will be held at Gateway Center on Sunday, August 10 from 1 pm until 4:30 pm. For more info:

~Blog Post written by Cassie Hoffman.

$50 Off Booth Space at Gateway Bridal Show
Friday, 18 April 2014 12:12

Do not miss this chance to showcase your wedding business to hundreds of local brides!

The Gateway Bridal Show will be held on Sunday, 8/10 from 1 PM until 4:30 PM at Gateway Center. Because of Gateway Center's central location in Collinsville, IL, we are able to draw brides and grooms from all over the Metro East IL region as well as from St. Louis.


For more information or to download a Vendor Application, please visit

Monday, 13 January 2014 16:52

1) Inspiration! Yes, you may have your "My Wedding" Pinterest Board done and it may be full of creative ideas. But, nothing can compare to seeing decorations in person. At a bridal show, you can learn about the newest trends, you can see the latest designs and you can meet the wedding professionals that can actually make those creative ideas come to life.

2) Opportunity to build connections - At bridal shows, the wedding pros are at your service. We all know that you can learn a lot about a person by meeting them face to face. It is crucially important that you like and trust the vendors that you select to work with for your wedding.

3) Bridal shows are full of free food & drinks followed by yummy wedding cake samples. Need we say more?!

4) Prizes - Bridal shows incorporate chances to win prizes to create excitement and increase attendance. Be sure to check out the bridal show's website and Facebook Page prior to the show so that you know how to enter any contests or drawings.

5) You! Congratulations! You are engaged! This is truly a special time in your life. So, SOAK IT UP! Brides are celebrated at bridal shows. You can come to the show with your hubby-to-be, your momma, your BFFs, or all of the above. Please take the time to attend a bridal show so you can celebrate being a bride!


Gateway Bridal Show will be held at Gateway Center on Thursday, January 23 from 5 pm until 9 pm. For more info:

~Blog Post written by Jamie Lane.