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Mall expo helps out brides to be

February 22, 2010
By GARRETT NEESE, DMG Writer

HOUGHTON - The Daily Mining Gazette/Copper Country Mall Bridal Expo 2010 brought a steady stream of people to the mall Sunday to look at their local options for dresses, jewelry, catering and more.

Teresa Johnson of Calumet was looking at Mary Kay lip gloss for her sister-in-law Kim Johnson's upcoming wedding. The expo had been helpful, she said.

"Pretty wide selection," she said. "It's been very helpful. She's gotten a lot of information. She has possibly found her photographer."

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The Daily Mining Gazette/Copper Country Mall Bridal Expo 2010 brought a steady stream of people to the mall Sunday to look at their local options for dresses, jewelry, catering and more. Vendors said the day was useful in getting the word out.

Kim Johnson also enjoyed it.

"There's a lot of different booths, so you can get all the stuff you need," she said. "Everybody's very nice and helpful."

She said she'd found a few things to look at, such as chocolate fountains and a horse-drawn carriage.

"The jewelry tables are nice," she said. "They have some nice pieces."

Vendors said the day was useful in getting the word out.

Photographer Bill Fink said one of the big surprises of the expo was how many people were looking for things this summer, when many people are already booked.

"I've talked to a number of people who are getting married in the summer of 2011, so they're trying to do the right thing now, and get things worked out in advance," he said.

Fink's intentionally Google-friendly site, keweenawweddings.com, features listings for everything from cakes to cruises. It's been getting hits from as far away as Moscow, Saigon and western Europe, Fink said.

While many attendees mourned the lack of the usual bridal fashion show, Fink said it had given them a better traffic pattern.

"Our traffic is steady, not a huge spurt," he said.

Fink said while using a family friend to shoot a wedding can work in some circumstances, in most cases a professional photographer is the safer choice.

"When you think about it, 25 years from now, there's not going to be any cake, there's not going to be any flowers ... the only thing they're going to have is your photographs," he said. "If you've compromised on that, you're going to be disappointed."

The Library Restaurant and Brew Pub was advertising its catering business, providing free samples for prospective customers. Elizabeth Van Dam said the day had gone well.

"We had a lot of people come by, and I think even a couple of bookings," she said. "We had lots and lots of questions, so that's good. It's been fun. We've gotten to see lots and lots of cute babies go by, which is always fun."

Among the most common questions were if the Library does on-site catering (yes), can work with other companies on the wedding (yes) and what the recipe is for its bayou shrimp.

"We say, 'Sorry, you can't have that,'" Van Dam said.

Lester and Kathy Dukart of Lazy K Ranch were on hand to promote their horse-drawn carriage rides.

The business, which started in 2000, typically does Heikinpaiva and private parties, but only one to two weddings per year.

"That's why we're here," Kathy Dukart said. She thought the expo had gone well.

"We're getting our name out there, and that's what we want," she said. "Exposure."

Garrett Neese can be reached at gneese@mininggazette.com.

 
 

 

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