Photo by Les Stukenberg.
Originally Published: March 3, 2017 6 a.m.
The Prescott Bridal Affaire Expo will be bigger than ever this year.
Presented by PrescottWeddings.com and co-hosted by the Hassayampa Inn, the event provides a unique opportunity for brides-to-be and general party hosts to explore all of the event planning resources Northern Arizona has to offer.
“Anybody you can think of needed to throw a fabulous party, they’re going to be here,” said Amore’ Cienciola, director of catering and events for Hassayampa Inn.
This includes disc jockeys, florists, musicians, photographers, cake sculptors, venue providers, general wedding planners and many more.
At least 60 vendors — a record-breaking amount — will be participating this year, Cienciola said.
If you go
Prescott Bridal Affaire Expo
What: Prescott Bridal Affaire Expo
When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, March 5
Where: Hassayampa Inn, 122 E. Gurley St., in downtown Prescott
One such vendor and a co-sponsor of the expo is Verve Events & Tents, a family-owned and -operated special event rental store based in Cottonwood. Krysta Gornick, Verve Events & Tents' business manager, said about 75 percent of their business consists of providing the nuts and bolts materials — tents, tables, linens, chairs, etc. — for weddings in the region.
“We specialize in do-it-yourselfers: people who are having their own wedding in the backyard or at a park or something and you really have to bring in the whole event,” she said.
The company has participated in the Prescott Bridal Affaire Expo for the last five years, Gornick said.
“[The Prescott Bridal Expo] is one of our favorites to go to because it’s larger, but it’s also intimate enough that you don’t get overwhelmed,” she said. “We participate in the Phoenix bridal expo as well and it’s just so big that people walk away and their eyes are just glazed over. It’s nice to have something that is a little more focused with locals only.”
The expo will take place at the Hassayampa Inn, 122 E. Gurley St., in downtown Prescott on Sunday, March 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free.
Those who show up with intentions of hosting a wedding soon will receive an exhibitor card. As attendees visit the vendors’ booths, the exhibitors will initial the card. If attendees visit all of the exhibitors, they are entered into a grand prize raffle drawing that takes place at 3 p.m.
Some of the items included in the grand prize are a Hassayampa Inn reception package ($1,900 value), some professional photography work and minister services.
“Based on all of the donations that we get, we try to do as much as we can for the bride to have a day of her dreams,” Cienciola said about the grand prize.