Time to be married

“Eat, Drink and Be Married” the lavender letters read on the Palouse Wedding Experience poster, as it advertises the local wedding event coming soon at the SEL Event Center.

The Palouse Wedding Experience is a free event taking place Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. People interested in attending must either register online or in person before the event.

The event will showcase several vendors from the Pullman-Moscow area and give people an opportunity to take advantage of things that are potentially available for their weddings.

“I think that local people, WSU and U of I students all come,” said Kirsten Howell, SEL event coordinator. “It’s a great event for people, because we don’t realize how much we actually have in this area.”

Howell said the event was previously just a big bridal fair but they realized that the experience was missing. And so the bridal fair developed into the Palouse Wedding Experience, showcasing many different elements of the wedding experience.

“It’s not your traditional bridal fair/expo, but rather an event-like atmosphere that is interactive and encourages both our attendees and vendors to create a memorable experience as they plan their wedding,” said Jen Rideout, SEL lead event coordinator.

The main event table will display different offerings, highlighting various local vendors, including: Paradise Creek Brewery, Poppy Salon, Lezah’s Forever Flowers, Banyans on the Ridge, Birch & Barley, Clearwater Medical Spa, David’s Bridal and Macy’s.

This year, the Palouse Wedding Experience will present a DIY room, where vendors can provide people with various demonstrations. A representative from Macy’s will assist people with a makeup tutorial on how to contour the face, and Lezah’s Forever Flowers will demonstrate how to make paper roses for wedding decorations.

As a featured vendor for the Palouse Wedding Experience, Chelsea Whitney, owner of Poppy Salon in Pullman, said she is looking forward to connecting with the 2015 brides.

Her second year at the event, Whitney will host a booth to show all the wedding services Poppy Salon offers, and she said she is excited to highlight the new same sex marriage package available to people.

Poppy Salon is really the only salon in the area that does wedding packages and is a popular choice for couple’s big day, Whitney said.

“We use eco-friendly products and strive to make brides feel beautiful on their wedding day,” Whitney said.

First time Palouse Wedding Experience vendor and owner of Lezah’s Forever Flowers, Lezah Shinkle will host a demonstration table on decorating on a budget.

She said she looks forward to meeting new brides and learning about their weddings plans.

Shinkle makes all her flowers by hand from new and antique fabrics, which means she is limited to about 12 to 20 weddings per year.

With many intricate details, the bouquets take about 20 hours to complete, she said.

“My flowers are keepsake bouquets that could be passed down through generations,” Shinkle said.

For the past few months, the SEL event coordinators worked with vendors, attendee registration and planned different program activities for the show, Rideout said.

“I am truly excited to continue our second year with this event, and to see all of the great new additions for the program this year,” Rideout said.

Those interested in attending can pre-register on www.seleventcenter.com.