Updated: March 04, 2021 09:37 PM
Created: March 04, 2021 07:39 PM
The first convention-style event in months will return to the DECC next weekend.
The Duluth Wedding Show has been planning a pandemic-friendly event for months.
Lundeen Productions Vice President Kynze Lundeen said there have been many potholes and bumps, but they're excited to pave the way for more events like this.
Indoor events in Minnesota are still capped at 250 people. There will be a morning session and afternoon session of the wedding show with 250 people at each. Unless capacity increases, the show is sold out as of March 4.
And Lundeen says she's finding many wedding vendors are booking up too.
"A lot of these wedding vendors right now are completely booked for 2021. That's what I've been hearing from everyone because people who have postponed their wedding are now in 2021," she said. "Not to mention people are still getting engaged."
So the Wedding Show will have COVID's impact on celebrations in mind. Lundeen said they understand budgets may be tighter right now, so they partnered with Duluth Event Lighting to showcase how a room can feel snazzily decorated using just lights.
"He's going to take over the French River Room with all these cool different uplights, whether it's stars on the ceiling -- he can literally change a ceiling into a galaxy. It's absolutely amazing," she said.
The traditional end-of-day fashion show won't be taking place. But it's not going away.
"One of the new things we will be doing is something called Fashions on the Go. So we'll be having models dress in beautiful wedding dresses and bridesmaid dresses and even tuxes and -- obviously with their masks -- they'll be walking around," Lundeen said. "And they'll have little passes that say, 'I am dressed by' whatever dress store or tux store."
Brides and grooms will get custom masks at the door. Food sampling can still happen, but each morsel will be individually packaged and there will be designated areas to remove a mask to eat.
The theme of the show centers around continuing to date after you're married. And since travel is still in question, the grand prize won't be a honeymoon trip. Instead, there will be local restaurant gift cards as prizes. The grand prize has yet to be announced.
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