ne of the first things my sister said to me after Shaun and I got engaged was ‘we need to go to the Ottawa WedCycle wedding show’! This was still early days for the show – which would be debuting at the Glebe Community Centre this year – and at that time it had yet to even come across my radar…Its sister show – Tie the Knot – is hugely popular with brides and WedCycle was looking to become the next best thing. As soon as she mentioned it, we both made a note on our calendars and promised to peruse all the up-cycled and handmade wedding goodies that the vendors would be bringing to the table.
It was somewhere in those next few weeks that we realized that the show was still accepting vendors…Slowly the show switched from being something I was excited to attend as a bride, to being something I was excited to participate in as a vendor! For the weeks that followed, we designed, printed, lifted, cut, painted, and drilled to make my vendor booth come to life. Seeing it all put together at the show made me so incredibly happy, but it was the relationships we built that day that made it all worthwhile. It’s these connections and friendships that make me love my job so much and I am so thankful to everyone who helped make this wedding show dream a reality.
The wedding booth wall was built by Shaun and my brother-in-law, Jon (Jon Dorion Construction) over many long nights in the garage. They were nothing short of incredible!
While they built the wall, I worked on something I could create on my own: 4×5 booklets to hand out to brides at the show. I called these my ‘Bride Guides’, and they were filled with advice and facts for brides for the early days of wedding planning. This was my own spin on bringing the handmade and DIY theme to my wedding booth, but I actually loved them and would definitely make something similar for future shows.
Waiting anxiously for the doors to open!…
Cozy place to sit anyone?
I debuted my brand new 5×5 parent albums and 8×8 wedding albums at the show. They were a huge hit and a great conversation starter.
Brides, you may remember the draw I had at my table to win a FREE engagement session; well stay tuned! The draw will be happening today at noon and I will be announcing the winner via my social media pages. Keep in touch and don’t forget to ‘like’ my business page on Facebook to be eligible to win!
In addition to thanking my sister, Jon, and Shaun I need to extend a huge thank you to all those involved in putting the show together, and to all those brides who visited my booth. I had no idea being a vendor could be as much fun as it was and I would do it all over again in a heartbeat! By far, my favourite part of the show was meeting so many new people – both vendors and couples! – and I really look forward to next year’s show and to keeping in touch.