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Brides Experience of Orangeburg, Toni McDaniel

Toni McDaniel is planning the wedding event of the year — Brides Experience of Orangeburg — on Sunday, Feb. 17, at the Orangeburg Country Club.

One-stop bridal shopping is coming to Orangeburg.

Toni McDaniel, owner and creative director of Atlanta, Ga.-based Floral Couture, will present Brides Experience of Orangeburg next month for brides to see the latest trends in everything for their wedding.

The couture bridal showcase featuring professionals from Orangeburg and surrounding areas displaying services and merchandise is set for 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, at the Orangeburg Country Club. Exhibitors will include photographers, videographers, musicians and wedding consultants, as well as vendors specializing in everything from accessories and alterations to bachelor and bachelorette parties, beauty and cosmetics, cakes and desserts, and honeymoon and travel.

“It’s about brides being able to experience a bridal show, but on a small scale like more of a boutique-style show,” McDaniel said. “We want to bring a smaller, more intimate feel to the show so brides will have the opportunity to really discuss the specifics that they’re looking forward to with professionals, as opposed to just walking around and getting information.”

McDaniel, an Orangeburg native, said she saw a void in the wedding industry in Orangeburg, “in terms of finding qualified vendors or either available opportunities.”

“I thought it would be good to come back home and really connect with a lot of local wedding professionals in and around the Orangeburg area,” she said. “I wanted to let people within this market know that there are people within their community that can assist with services that could help them.”

In addition to connecting with local event professionals, McDaniel said participants will also have the opportunity to feast on food samples prepared by the Orangeburg Country Club’s culinary staff and taste signature cocktails. Door prizes will be awarded, and the first 20 brides to arrive will receive a “swag bag.”

Raffle prizes will include a free bridal makeover, a bridal bouquet and an engagement photography session.

But McDaniel said the Feb. 17 event is not just for brides — it will be ideal for anyone planning a special occasion in the coming year.

“It’s mainly for brides planning weddings, but we have found that with the smaller market in Orangeburg, there are going to be people interested in planning events, as well,” she said. “It may be for planning a birthday party, because we have vendors who have cross-products that they sell to people not only planning weddings, but bar mitzvahs, birthdays or anniversary and retirement parties. They plan the core elements, so we’re opening it to those who may be planning for any type of occasion between now and the end of 2013.”

McDaniel said she wants individuals to connect with vendors in Orangeburg and surrounding areas to make their special event as momentous as possible.

“We have people that will be participating from St. Matthews, Bamberg and Bowman — small towns that really have some great talent,” she said. “I’m also going to personally work with each and every vendor to make sure that they are prepared for this show.

“I want to be able to just allow people to connect with people within their community that can assist them with an amazing wedding or birthday. You don’t have to go to Columbia or Charleston. You can go right here.”

Admission to Brides Experience of Orangeburg will be $15 at the door (cash only). Individuals can register in advance for $10 before Feb. 1 online at For more information, email McDaniel at

To participate as a vendor, register online at, email or call 678-499-7004. There is a $150 fee for exhibitors. Registration deadline for exhibitors is Feb. 1.

Contact the writer: or 803-533-5534.



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