Dainty Obsessions

Dainty Extra+ Fall Forever Bride Market

We are so excited to be joining our friends at Forever Bride for their wedding event, The Market, this Sunday, Nov. 6 at the Radisson Blu at MOA! Along with meeting amazing vendors, try some treats, shop with your friends, and see the latest inspiration. Vice president of Forever Bride Ashley Hawks chatted with us about what to expect.

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Why did Forever Bride decide to start The Market and how does it differ from a wedding show?

We wanted to create a fresh approach to wedding fairs. There is such a community-vibe in the Twin Cities and we thought the idea of a “market” is the perfect way to bring that relaxed feel to wedding planning.

The Forever Bride Market is unique in that about half of the vendors have products to purchase that day, from jewelry to gifts to spa services. And if you fall in love with a vendor, we encourage you to book with them right there!

What stories/feedback did you hear from attendees last spring?

They loved the “shopping-experience!”  Couples these days seem to have less time to plan a wedding than ever before with demanding schedules and a busy work life. They loved the fact that they could get so much accomplished in one afternoon at The Market! Brides were booking their vendors on the spot! They also said how fun it was to shop for smaller gift items like jewelry and gifts from local businesses, rather than shop online.

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Name a few vendors you are excited to have at this year’s Market.

I am really excited about all our vendors for different reasons. Everyone is putting in a lot of time and effort to make the event special for the brides. There will be floral robes, custom stationery, gift ideas for the groom, and tons of giveaways! Plus, what’s a wedding fair without yummy treats, like a s’mores bar!

Tell us about the Forever Bride team and what your favorite part of work is.

I am lucky enough to work with the most creative and dedicated people I know. Our team is made up of uber-passionate people who absolutely love what they do. We each excel in such different areas, between web development, marketing, social media, content creative, and client management. My favorite part of coming to work each day is that we get to surround ourselves in such a beautiful and meaningful industry. Where else can you watch sappy-wedding videos & post photos of gorgeous wedding bouquets all day?

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What trends have you noticed already looking into 2017 and 2018 weddings?

One of my favorite things we will start seeing for 2017 and 2018 weddings is the relaxed nature of the overall design of the wedding. No longer will brides feel like they are locked into a three-color-pantone-palette where the stationery has to match the maids’ gowns. The most beautiful styled shoots we are seeing are the ones where the colors and theme just melt together. A bride can have a more traditional gown with a loose, boho bouquet; or an outdoor, woodsy wedding with formal tableware. As long as the overall feel of the wedding is cohesive, we encourage couples to be creative and find a style (or two!) that works for them.

Tell us about other exciting news at Forever Bride. What’s new and what’s going on with the new website update?

The new website is ultimately going to help us serve our brides better. There are new businesses joining the Forever Bride “family” everyday. With new technology, we are able to give her a complete directory of the best local vendors, complete with photos, reviews, special deals, and a way to contact these vendors right from the site! What brides don’t see, is the incredible, cutting edge software we have developed to allow vendors to have complete control over their profile. This is a huge step forward, allowing the ultimate level of flexibility for the vendor and their changing needs.

With the overwhelming support of the community, Forever Bride has big plans for further growth. Our latest project has been in the research and development phase for almost a year, and is the largest undertaking since Forever Bride started. We are beyond excited to reveal it to the public in near future.

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How much are tickets?

Tickets are $20 at the door and includes a swag bag. You can use promocode DAINTY16 to save $15 on tickets at foreverbride.com/market. To follow along and/or to see images from last season’s Market, search #FOREVERBRIDEMARKET and RSVP here.

The Forever Bride Market begins at noon. Stop by the Dainty Obsessions booth to say hello and pick up a free copy of the fall/winter ’16 issue! 

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