Port Angeles hotel plans free Peninsula wedding show
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Belva Bodey, owner of Black Diamond Bridal in Port Angeles, shows of one off the latest gowns by Casablanca Bridal available at her store in Port Angeles.

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PORT ANGELES — Brides and their mothers, and anyone else interested, can dream big at the Red Lion Hotel's “Love . . . Locally Inspired” 2014 Wedding Show on Saturday.

At least 19 vendors will be on hand to exhibit and explain their wares and services in the upstairs ballroom at the hotel at 221 N. Lincoln St.

During the free six-hour show, which will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., brides and their guests, including grooms, can sample An Elegant Touch's chocolate fountain, taste Red Lion Hotel appetizers and toast each other with mimosas, bellinis — a traditional wedding drink combining champagne and peach nectar — and sparkling cider.

They can enjoy the treats while learning about photography, florist and other services, and examining locally made gowns from Black Diamond Bridal, or be treated to a complimentary 20-minute massage and on-site teeth whitening by Panacea Spa.

“We want to pamper the brides and make them feel special,” said Charlea Johnson, Red Lion Hotel catering sales manager.

“It's a fun celebration to relieve some of the stress of planning” a wedding, she added.

Brides will be greeted at the door with welcome bags full of coupons, discounts and treats — “chocolates and other things to make them feel appreciated,” Johnson said.

A special token will be given to each bride to let everyone know she is planning her special day.

“We chose that date because we thought it was a great time to do it for couples who got engaged over the Valentine's Day holiday,” Johnson said.

No fashion show is planned. Visitors can come any time and examine the vendors wares.

Door prizes will be awarded at three times during the show. The winner need not be present.

The final drawing will be for a grand prize to be used by a couple planning a reception at the Red Lion Hotel, which hosts about a dozen weddings each year.

The winning bride can choose 75 percent off a rental of Red Lion ballroom, a savings of $750; chair covers in wedding colors for up to 100 guests, about a $600 value; or an hour of chef's choice appetizers served butler-style on trays at the reception.

Local vendors

Vendors are all from the North Olympic Peninsula.

“We wanted to tap into the local vendors that we have here on the Peninsula to provide brides an opportunity to meet with them face-to-face in a fun atmosphere,” Johnson said.

“We want to bring in as many of the excellent local vendors as we can” to make it clear that “brides don't have to go to Seattle to plan a great wedding,” she added.

Johnson said 19 companies had confirmed participation by Friday. She hopes to add more before the show.

Scott Fijolek of www.AskDJScott.com will serve as the master of ceremonies, playing music and announcing vendors and prizes.

Vendors lined up so far include Black Diamond Bridal of Port Angeles, Angel Crest Gardens of Port Angeles, Danielle Designs of Sequim, Nancy Bowen Photography of Port Angeles, Fleur de lis Photography of Sequim, Adrian Craven Photography of Sequim, Red Lion Hotel & Catering of Port Angeles, Harbinger Winery of Port Angeles, An Elegant Touch Chocolate Fountains of Sequim.

Also, Necessities & Temptations gift shop of Port Angeles, Xyngular weight loss, It Works Global body contouring and skin-care supplements, www.AskDJScott.com, Panacea Spa of Port Angeles, Skin Care Suites Spa of Port Angeles, Love Note Wedding & Event Planning of Sequim, Olympic Peninsula Celebrations of Sequim, Fern Hollow of Sequim and Celebrations at the Red Barn.

For more information, phone 360-417-5710 or email charlea.johnson@redlion.com.

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Managing Editor/News Leah Leach can be reached at 360-417-3531 or at leah.leach@peninsuladailynews.com.

Last modified: February 22. 2014 5:25PM
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