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The Montana Made Wedding Fair
January 31, 2016
Well, the cat is officially out of the bag! The Bitterroot Wedding Association IS going to host the Montana Made Wedding Fair! November 5th, 2016, at the First Interstate Building, in Hamilton, Montana! The event website is in the works and will go live on March 1st! This show will be unlike any other show in the area - Not only will it will be incredibly affordable, and it will be centered around our very own Bitterroot Wedding Association vendors! Here's the run-down so you can be ready on March 1st when we open registration (seriously, you need to be ready come March 1st!):
The Montana Made Wedding Fair Website goes live!
The show will allow a limited number of exhibitors in each vendor category
Registrations will only be accepted from Bitterroot Wedding Association Members (so if you're not a member, we suggest you get your information & dues in ASAP!)
If you're slow to sign up and all the vendor spots in your category are filled, you will be added to wait list
We have over 20 vendor categories including items like: accommodations, bar, catering, invitations, cakes, photographer, venues, etc.
We are setting registration up this way so the show will feature a wide variety of vendors, and be most beneficial to those who attend!
We will open the waiting list, and add more vendors to the show (example: only one florist signs up, and no more florists are on the waiting list - we may add another venue from the wait list to the show)
You can continue to send in your registrations if you're a Bitterroot Wedding Association member
Anyone who isn't a member can sign up to join the show, if there are empty spots left
We want to give our own BWA members an opportunity to fill this show, since it's hosted by the Bitterroot Wedding Association and we want to feature local vendors!
Registration fees will only be $150 for BWA members
Non-members will be allowed to sign up after May 1st, and will have to pay $500 to participate
Therefore, if you can qualify to be a BWA member (Ravalli or Missoula county business doing business in the Bitterroot Valley), it's more affordable to just join the association first before registering!
To keep these costs low, we will require each vendor to commit to helping promote the show.
We will provide marketing calendars & instructions on what you need to do!
We promise it won't be hard! But we do need your support!
It's all about social media buzz and promotion, and we're confident YOU (our exhibitors) can make this happen!
We'll be using the registration fees to promote the show in the most cost effective way possible, and also to pay for necessary materials needed to make this show very professional & well run
We will charge a very small fee at the door to our attendees, to make sure that those who attend are serious about shopping for wedding & event vendors! $5.00 tickets will go on sale online (likely in August or September), and will be available until November 4th, and then at the door on the day of the event!
We are partnering with an upscale wedding consignment boutique, called Bridal Haus! It's very much like the local Prarie Sisters or Vintage Whites, but it's all wedding related items! Bridal Haus will be using a portion of the space to collect and resell bride's lightly used decor, linens, gowns, etc. We know that in years past, the wedding fairs in the Bitterroot Valley weren't well attended. We hope to encourage a lot more locals & Missoulians to come to our show by making adding the wedding resale aspect in a very professional way! We're very excited for this new twist on a wedding fair.
If you have questions about the show, shoot us an email, or give us a call at 406-219-7840! As we mentioned above, the website will be live in just one month, so be prepared to print your registration form and grab your space before they fill up!