Fair offers wedding options

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— Organizers say today's Wedding Fair is designed to make the daunting task of planning a wedding a little easier for engaged couples.

The fair is from 5 to 8 p.m. today in the Priest Creek Ballroom at the Steamboat Grand Hotel.

"The fair is for the bride and groom to help them plan their event from start to finish," said Kara Sargent, owner of The Big Event and sponsor of the fair.

Sargent said the fair will include 58 vendors offering a variety of wedding services. Florists, caterers, facilities, music and entertainment, bridal registries, reception activities, transportation and travel and lodging accommodations will all be included in the event.

Food and wine vendors will provide samples for couples to taste. Hair stylists and beauticians will be present to discuss makeup and hair options for the bride and bridesmaids. Information on all aspects of planning a wedding will also be provided.

Sargent said while the fair is geared toward the engaged couple, the event also will be informative for people helping to plan a wedding, such as family members.

The fair gives couples the opportunity to see different options available for their big day and helps them plan for everything they might need.

Sargent said it is often the small details that couples forget.

The selection of vendors covers everything needed for the wedding except for dresses. Sargent said there are no local vendors that sell wedding dresses and that most brides to seek their dresses at wedding salons in Denver or Grand Junction.

As a wedding coordinator, Sargent said she used the same approach in organizing the Wedding Fair that she does in planning a wedding. She said the large number of vendors should give couples a variety of choices.

Sargent said there are at least two options for each service offered at the fair.

"It'll be a wonderful business-style expo with lots of information," she said.

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