First edition of Northern Michigan Wedding Expo Jan. 12


WEST BRANCH — Prospective brides and grooms will have a chance to get some help with planning their special day at the Northern Michigan Wedding Expo Jan. 12.

According to Decorative Essentials owner and event organizer Sandi Bell, the event will be at the Knights of Columbus Hall in West Branch and will run from noon-4 p.m.

She said this year’s expo will be the first edition of what will hopefully be a long-running event.

“I’m really excited about this expo,” Bell said. “It’s something we’ve needed in this northern area. You see a lot of people going to wedding shows downstate and other places because there’s just not a lot of options up here.”

For the expo, Bell said there will be plenty of decorations, entertainment and catering on hand for those looking to plan their wedding day.

“Right now, we have about 25 vendors, possibly 30, that we’re going to set up in the hall,” Bell said. “I’m hoping it goes really well and I think people will really like it.”

Bell said she’s been planning this expo since spring, lining up vendors and trying to use the event as a way to get people downtown.

“I originally thought of it as a good way to get people in the area and get them downtown,” Bell said. “That’s why I decided to hold the expo on a Saturday, so we can hopefully get local people and visitors to not only enjoy the expo, but to hopefully look downtown as well.”

As someone who just moved her business downtown in December, moving into the former Winding Road Studio, Bell said she knows the importance of getting people downtown.

“I’m so glad I moved downtown,” Bell said. “I’m getting so many positive comments from people about my store. I hope this expo gets even more people downtown to check out all of the businesses we have here.”

Regardless of how the first expo goes, Bell said she and the expo committee will explore the idea of holding the expo in different areas each year to help promote the event.

“We’re looking into possibly making it a traveling expo and we’re going to vote on that soon,” Bell said. “I think having the expo be a traveling event would be a really neat thing for us. I think it’d really help the expo grow and become a popular event for us.”

For this current expo, Bell said brides and grooms can attend at no cost, but there will be a $2 entrance fee for the general public. She said whatever money is left over from the expo will be donated to charity.

“I hope this expo starts something special,” Bell said. “I think if things go well this first year and we give people a chance to hold the expo in a different location each year forward, this expo will hopefully become an event that people will look forward to each year.”

For more information, call Bell at 989-701-0083.


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