Bridal Fair walks down the aisle at Nugget Mall

They'll do everything for you except say "I do"

Posted: Monday, February 25, 2002

Looking for the latest in tuxedoes for ring bearers? Or need 150 pink net bags of Jordan almonds? Searching for a photographer who will cover the wedding party getting up do's at the hair salon as well as the ceremony?

Looking for a wedding arch to rent, and silk gardenias to garland it? Look no further. The 2002 Bridal Fair is scheduled for March 2 at Nugget Mall, 8745 Glacier Highway. Fair hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

A variety of booths and vendors from all over Juneau will promote wedding-related goods and services. Among the activities planned are informal modeling, door prizes, displays and more.

"It's a nice wide variety including travel agencies, florists and tuxedo rentals and alterations," said Jackie Leight of the Silk Garden. Leight will present two standing displays and use some of her decorative swags to trim another booth.

Exhibitors include Belles, Mary Kay (makeovers), Carrs (flowers and wedding cakes), Weddings and Flowers Unlimited (formerly Martha Flowers), The Chocolate Lily, Don Douglas Photography, Sitka Rose Studio and Formals Express. Bed and breakfasts are showing what they have for honeymoons as well as for weddings, said Vanessa Allen of Belles. "It's a common misconception that you have to leave Juneau to get something wonderful," Allen said. "There are many more sources here than you would think."

"We're going to display our bridal menu," said Jo Anne Bell-Graves, owner of Cuts Online Salon & Spa, one of the exhibitors at the fair.

"We do one-day and two-day packages as well as private bachelorette parties," Bell-Gravees said. "We'll be doing chair massages and answering questions about our packages. We coordinate hair with flowers and accessories."

"A lot of people don't realize that skin care should be done six weeks before to prevent break-outs and eruptions," Bell-Graves added. "We offer a paraffin treatment for the hands on the day of the wedding. It turns back the clock on the hands and makes them look well for photography."

Cost of participation with an eight-foot-square booth is $65 plus tax. Electricity is a $5.25 extra charge. Renting a table (while supplies lasts) is $10.50 extra.

Merchants will set up their displays from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 1, and/or from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday. For reference, booth numbers will be marked on the mall floor by 5 p.m. Friday. Take-down time is 5-6 p.m. Sunday, March 3. Exhibitors are responsible for removing all trash generated from their booths. Exhibitors are asked, once display items have been unloaded, to park behind the mall so as to give customers the most available parking space in front of the mall.

For details, call Jamie Letterman, marketing and promotions director of Nugget Mall, at 789-4439 or e-mail her at promotions@gci.net. Or call Vanessa Allen at 789-1333 or Jackie Leight at 789-9393.

Ann Chandonnet can be reached at achandonnet@juneauempire.com.



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