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GoldCountryBride.com Bridal Faire will help with wedding planning

By: ToLewis, The Press Tribune
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As winter slowly fades away, warm days and the scent of spring will soon permeate the air, signaling the beginning of wedding season.

In response, Gold Country Media has partnered with Morgan Creek Golf Club and Celebrations Party Rentals to bring the GoldCountryBride.com Bridal Faire to Roseville this weekend.

“It seems like a lot of people get engaged in February and start making plans in March for their wedding,” said Linda Schuman-Prins, business development for Gold Country Media. “That’s why it’s the perfect time of year for a bridal faire.”

Lindsey Ferguson, project manager for Celebrations Party Rentals in Roseville, said the bridal faire will feature about 45 different vendors offering virtually every kind of wedding service.

These types of vendors include party rentals, florists, planners, caterers, make-up artists, hair salons, DJs, invitation companies and more, Ferguson said.

“There is going to be a good variety of vendors,” Schuman-Prins said. “Many of them are local to our area, so they are going to know what works well and what doesn’t.”

Sunday’s event will also feature a fashion show by Alma’s Bridal Boutique of Lincoln, music from a DJ and a wedding photo booth.

The inaugural event will help support Brides Against Breast Cancer, a nonprofit organization that contributes to programs for cancer patients and their families.

Ferguson says that the bridal faire is the perfect platform to get ideas for your wedding if you are unsure about what you want.

“I think when you are first starting out, it helps you get the vision of what you want your wedding to look like,” she said. “It helps you find the direction you want to go as far as for the style of your wedding.”

She also said for couples who know exactly what they want, the faire is a good way to meet vendors face to face and take advantage of some of the specials they will be offering, such as discounts and give-a-ways.

Ferguson said that the bridal faire will typically showcase the latest trends in weddings, and in order to find exactly what you are looking for, it is good to stick with some guidelines.

1. Have a plan

Ferguson says the best way to successfully navigate a bridal faire is to go into it with a plan.

“I would say, before you go, make a list of the types of products that you know you are looking for,” she said. “Not everybody is going to need a party rental company, for instance.”

Ferguson recommends making a list of the types of vendors that offer the kinds of services you are specifically looking for and spending enough time with each vendor to get enough knowledge about their product and services.

2. Know what you are looking for

Ferguson said with all the options out there, it is too easy for brides and grooms to get inundated with pamphlets and brochures.

“Lots of vendors are going to have lots of information,” she said. “It’s easy to become overwhelmed by all the material they have.”

Wedding and events planner Jody Hoffman for Crazy Girl Events said that with so much to look for, having a coordinator will help narrow down the options.

3. Shop around

Hoffman, who got married last year, attended several bridal faires before her wedding and says that one of the tips to finding success is to shop around to find vendors with whom you are comfortable. 

“I interviewed three people for everything,” Hoffman said. “I had a well-rounded idea of who I would feel comfortable with and who would work well together.”

Ferguson said that shopping around might save you a little money as well, since many vendors will offer discounts on services just for attending the show.

“If you’re just starting out, it is a good way to not only save money, but also find the right vendor,” she said.

Toby Lewis can be reached at tobyl@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @TobyLewis_RsvPT.

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What: GoldCountryBride.com Bridal Faire

When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday

Where: Morgan Creek Golf Club, 8791 Morgan Creek Lane, Roseville

Tickets: $5 at the door

Info: www.goldcountrybride.com