By Heather Mead
This past month, the Majestic Theatre in Kankakee hosted a bridal fair to help women prepare for their big days.
Attendees walked from table to table to view over 20 venders, ranging from Busse and Rieck Flowers, Plants and Gifts to Motives Cosmetics to Tom Holmes Photography.
Some of the vendors took normal wedding items and gave them unique spins. For example, The Wedding Center provided an alternative guest book.
“Your guests sign the rocks and drop it in a vase,” said employee Marla Edwards. “There are different kinds of rocks you can get.”
Once visitors passed The Wedding Center, they found two bakeries, Nana’s Cakery and Bake Shoppe and Cakes ‘N Lace Bakery, both selling cakes as low as $2.25 per serving.
“We do cakes for all occasions. Our florist also does table arrangements,” said Jane Stevens, a Cakes ‘N Lace employee.
Nana’s Cakery provides cupcakes, fruit tarts, cakes, cheesecakes, cookies, petit fours, éclairs and cannolis to its customers.
Representatives from the bakeries and other vendors said they were willing to travel to the weddings of brides who lived out of the area, for a fee.
“I charge 50 cents per mile, there and back,” said Kimberly Jewell from Kimberly Jewel Photography.
Soon-to-be brides not only shopped, but they also enjoyed a fashion show in which models displayed attire for brides, grooms, bridesmaids, mothers of the bride and flower girls.
The fair involved attenders in ‘bridal bingo.’ If the participant had every vendor’s initials (from visiting his or her booth), that participant’s name was entered into a drawing, with prizes provided by the vendors.
A bridal show like this can provide convenient opportunities for couples, because “all of the vendors are at one place,” said Brenda Zuccollo, owner of the Majestic Theatre.
More bridal fairs are scheduled in the area.
On Jan. 29, couples and singles can go to the Bridal Expo 2012 at Northfield Square Mall in Bradley from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. or to Georgios Banquets in Orland Park from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Both events are free.
Another free fair will also take place Feb. 19, at Aurora’s Gaslight Manor Banquets from noon to 4 p.m.
More information can be found at weddingspace.com.