RUMFORD — There are still a few spaces available for vendors for the River Valley Wedding Expo on Sunday, March 2, at the 49 Franklin Reception Hall.
Contact Cindy Grassette at 207-369-0129 to reserve a space.
Scot and Cindy Grassette will hold the event from 2 to 7 p.m. at their business on 49 Franklin Street.
“The River Valley Wedding Expo is an event to help alleviate the stress of planning and preparing for one of life’s most important celebrations,” Scot Grassette said recently in a news release via Facebook.
“The union of two people who love each other and want to spend the rest of their lives together, deserves the most perfect day,” he said.
Thanks to the encouragement of vendors, Grassette said the couple decided to hold another wedding expo to acquaint the public with local professionals. They held the last one in 2011.
Photographers, florists, invitation stationery, beauty, attire, transportation, entertainment, caterers and more, are among the businesses that can help with professional services.
“Talk with experts in the wedding industry and make connections with a variety of businesses who can help provide professional services,” Grassette said.
Future brides and grooms spoke highly of previous wedding expos at 49 Franklin.
“It was a great way to start the planning process,” Matt and Audra Pingree said. “It gave us ideas of things we needed for our wedding that we had not thought of. It was great!”
They said they brought their parents along to the wedding expo.
“It was a great bonding experience for us all,” Audra Pingree said. “It made the wedding more ‘real’ to us.”
Matt and Dena Littlehale of Andover said they used Davis Florist of Rumford, Studio 6 Photography of Dixfield, Carri McPherson of Hanover for their cake, Delightful Event Rentals of Rumford, Carlisle’s of Rumford for the tuxes, and got their invitations from Maine Press.
“Everyone that I dealt with was very professional and helpful,” Dena Littlehale said.
She also offered some advice to brides-to-be.
“Keep it simple by keeping it local,” Dena Littlehale said. “There’s enough running around to do to get ready for your wedding. Why include all that driving time?”
Vendor Carri McPherson of Piece of Cake in Hanover said the expo worked great for her business.
“I’ve really had great exposure as a new business in the area,” she said. “I was able to meet potential clients (and) I was also able to establish customers for bridal and other events.”
Valerie Provencher, owner of ProVenture Photography in Rumford, agreed.
“The wedding-related expos at 49 Franklin have consistently helped me to book weddings and other events by having clients and vendors all in the same place at the same time, making it easy for future brides to plan their wedding day,” Provencher said.
Grassette said the River Valley Wedding Expo is free of charge to the public. There will be door prizes and samples, and food and drinks available for purchase.
“Be sure to sign up for raffles with vendors throughout the room,” he said. “Someone will win a night’s stay at the Boardwalk Inn in Rumford.”