Hello! We are so excited you've found The Wedding Market. What is it, you ask? Simply stated, The Wedding Market is a resource for connecting brides with local vendors and includes a once a year bridal expo filled with some of the most inspiring, talented and absolutely amazing wedding vendors in Northern MN!
The longer version?
In February of 2019, Britta Kruse of The White Brick Company and myself, Sandra Wicklund of Wicklund Productions, LLC. decided to make our vision of a trendy, relative and fun bridal expo come to life! With a desire to reach 2019 and 2020 brides, we decided to host our first ever expo in April, less than two months later. We quickly realized we needed an additional teammate to see this happen and Stephanie Holsman of Stephanie Holsman Photography jumped on board for year one.
Every challenge we faced, we bravely accepted with complete faith that we were on the right path. We were eager, hopeful and easily excitable. Our first mission was to pick a name, date and find a location that would help with our desire for something trendy and fresh. Britta came up with The Wedding Market as a name. Boom. Love it. Securing a date and location was seamless, Old Central School.
Between the three of us, we had a large number of vendors we could vouch for so we began to invite. We were blown away with the feedback and excitement of our vendors. We decided immediately that we wanted them to be as much a part of the process as possible. The success of the expo was in all of our hands!
The registration fee for vendors was nearly free because 1. We really had no idea what we would be getting ourselves into so we didn't want anyone to have to invest much, 2. We wanted to keep their expectations low, and 3. What if no brides would show??? Once in a while, we would pop down to planet Earth and wonder... Are we being naive? Literally, what if no brides show up for these amazing vendors???
So, we marketed... and we marketed and we marketed... and our vendors did the same!!! AND we created a pre-registration for brides so we could at least know if anyone would show. We celebrated over our first registration, then our second, then 20, 30, 50, 80...!!! You cannot believe the extreme high we were on when we had nearly 40 vendors and over 90 brides for our first year.
I think we still squeal with delight when reminiscing over that day. Since year one was such a success and we learned so much, why not do it again???
Thank you, beyond thank you, to our family and friends for supporting this event and THANK YOU to the vendors and brides who made it possible. Without you all, the expo would not have been a hit. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for your interest and we hope to see you at the next Wedding Market!
Britta (The White Brick Company) and Sandra (Wicklund Productions, LLC.)