Amidst the produce, meats, crafts and other items found each week at the Community Farmers Market were several new vendors Saturday, set up especially for the Market Style Wedding Fair.
Organizers of the Community Farmers Market, which meets every Saturday at Western Kentucky University’s Center for Research and Development, wanted to have an event related to Valentine’s Day and decided to have a special event to showcase products and services local vendors can provide for a wedding, said Sara Hutchison, a volunteer for the wedding fair.
“You don’t always have to go to the Walmarts and the Krogers,” Hutchison said. “You can find some of this stuff more locally.”
In addition to driving the local economy, using local vendors and services makes for a more sustainable event, she said.
“I think so many brides now are trying to source things locally,” Hutchison said.
On Saturday, some regular farmers market vendors included special items they wouldn’t normally bring to showcase what they could offer at a wedding. In addition, several new vendors came for the wedding event, such as a local photography studio, rental business and musicians.
Melissa Brown of Bowling Green came to the fair with her fiance to look for items for their wedding.
“I think I found my florist,” Brown said after seeing flowers on display at the Need More Acres booth. “She has beautiful bouquets.”
Months ago, the couple settled on Hillbilly Grillers as their caterers and the owners of the barbecue company, who regularly set up a booth at the Community Farmers Market, told Brown about the wedding fair.
“We decided to see what else we could get,” Brown said.
Kelly Fritz of Bowling Green used the wedding fair to raise awareness about the business she recently started, Kiss Me Quick Vintage Rentals, which rents out decor, linens and china for events like weddings.
“It’s cheaper for the bride because she can rent it without having to buy the stuff,” Fritz said.
Renting vintage items also adds a homespun atmosphere to an event, she said.
“It gives a good Kentucky feel to your wedding,” Fritz said.
She’s on the email list for the farmers market and was excited when she found out the group was hosting a wedding fair. “I thought this was the perfect way that I could get my name out there,” she said.
Photographer Emily Twardowski of Bowling Green also had a booth at the wedding fair to let people know about her services. “I’m just starting out so this will be a huge help for my business,” Twardowski said.
She enjoys photographing weddings because they’re fun and happy events, she said. She found several potential clients Saturday.
“This is the perfect time of year because everyone’s just starting to plan for summer weddings,” she said. “(They’re) getting all the details ready.”