Pre­par­ing for prom sea­son

Can­dle­light Bri­dals cre­ates Teen Board

The Covington News - - Opinion - By Jenny Thompson

Becky Rut­ledge, owner of Can­dle­light Bri­dals in down­town Cov­ing­ton, re­cently cre­ated a teen board to help her pre­pare for the up­com­ing prom sea­son.

“I re­ally wanted their in­put on what they like for prom and what they ex­pect,” Rut­ledge said.

Cur­rently, 16 girls from New­ton, Rock­dale, Jasper and Wal­ton coun­ties sit on the board.

They will pro­vide dates for their proms, go to mar­ket with Rut­ledge to help her pick dresses to stock, plan a fash­ion show and pro­mote the store in their schools.

“ What I did this year,” Rut­ledge said, “ is in­stead of do­ing a lot of fash­ion shows and spend­ing a lot of money, we de­cided to just give the girls 20 per­cent off.”

Can­dle­light’s teen dis­count also will be ex­tended to guys who can re­ceive 10 per­cent off of their tuxedo rentals.

Lacey Wheeler, sopho­more at East­side High School, and Ash­ley Tin­dall, se­nior at New­ton High School, rep­re­sent New­ton County on the board.

“ My mom is the ac­coun­tant for Can­dle­light, so I’m al­ways up there at Becky’s,” Wheeler said. “At first I wasn’t sure if I re­ally wanted to be­cause I didn’t know if I would have enough time, I do a lot of stuff af­ter school, but when Ms. Becky ex­plained it to me it sounded like a lot of fun.”

Wheeler said at the board’s first meet­ing they dis­cussed the styles of prom dresses they and their friends liked for this year.

She said she has al­ready pur­chased her prom dress, which is a se­quined green ball gown.

Tin­dall said styles this sea­son range from the tra­di­tional em­bel­lished ball gown, to slen­der- cut satin num­bers, to cock­tail- length lacey dresses.

“ Ev­ery­thing is re­ally in style this year,” Tin­dall said.

She added col­ors this year are bolder than in pre­vi­ous sea­sons.

Mem­bers of Can­dle­light’s Teen Board may serve as long as they are in high school, and pick their re­place­ment when they grad­u­ate.

Can­dle­light Bri­dals is lo­cated at 1109 Reynolds Street S. W.

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