Inaugural bridal show set for April 2 – Canon City Daily Record

The Pathfinder Events Center and Fremont Wedding and Events consented to a proverbial “wedding” by hosting the first bridal show at the Pathfinder Events Center, located at 6655 Colo. 115 in Florence, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 2.

The event will feature 30 vendors from all areas of wedding and event, such as florists, caterers, DJs and more.

Pathfinder Events Center celebrated its grand opening on February 3 and quickly branched out into hosting events for the greater Fremont County community. Bethany Kies-Bolkema and Hope Griffin, and their husbands, launched their new business, Fremont Wedding and Events, in October 2021 and the rest is kismet.

Kies-Bolkema and Griffin specialize in wedding and event rentals (and other services) and wanted to bring a flare to newly engaged couples in Fremont County. Callie Masar, the events coordinator for the Pathfinder Events Center, quickly got in touch with Bolkema and Griffin and a plan quickly came to fruition.

“Our two entities were really like-minded in wanting to provide an opportunity for bridal and event professionals to come together to showcase their work to the community and bring that experience to the Fremont County community,” Masar said. .

Bolkema and Griffin started their new business in hopes of bringing affordable wedding gear to couples about to get married. Kies-Bolkema, who has a background in program planning, got into the new business alongside co-owner Griffin because the two women shared a love of throwing parties and helping with wedding planning. .

“We want to put on a great event — we want it to be affordable, and we really need to start with the basics,” Griffin said. “Tables, chairs, tablecloths – basic decor – whether it’s a wedding or other event.”

Kies-Bolkema and Griffin provide basic consulting services for upcoming events and wanted to create a cohesive supplier network in the event planning industry. A community and collaborative approach was essential. The ladies had hoped to create fall and spring events, but the perfect place seemed to hint at them – until they were contacted by Masar.

“Location was a really big deal for us,” Griffin said. “We were struggling to find the perfect location and, simultaneously, Callie reached out and said, ‘I thought of a wedding show. “”

Thirty vendors are expected to participate in the free exhibition and, with 20 being the target, the exhibition has already exceeded expectations.

“We’re all going to be successful if we’re all successful, we want everyone to be successful,” Griffin commented. “It’s been important to us and we want to make sure everyone understands that we want to collaborate, but we also want to help take the lead.”

Although the event is in its first year, Kies-Bolkema, Griffin and Masar all wanted it to be accessible to all vendors. According to Bolkema, most bridal shows range from $150 and up, and they’ve been very determined to drastically reduce their entry. In exchange, they asked sellers to provide a valuable item for the raffle. In addition to numerous vendors demonstrating their many services, prizes and raffles will be offered throughout the day.

There will be at least five raffles throughout the day, ranging from bride and groom raffles to entrants who may not be getting married. Plus, the first 30 brides (and grooms) to arrive will receive a deluxe bridal bag full of fun treats, gifts, and coupons.

The exhibit is open to anyone who wishes to attend, not just engaged couples. It’s wide open and there will be opportunities for everyone.

“We used to talk about having an experience with each vendor to go through and have little mini-experiences and learn about services and products that can help take their event to the next level,” Kies-Bolkema said.

The three women plan to host another show in 2023 and into the foreseeable future due to the overwhelming response from sellers and are excited to continue to grow the show.

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