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Melissa Murray, owner of Penny Lane Weddings, speaks with a couple at the Welcome Wagon wedding expo on Sunday. Herald photo by Eric Bell.
Carlton Comprehensive High School filled with happy couples on Saturday, as recently engaged grooms and brides-to-be arrived at the school in the search to plan the perfect wedding during the Welcome wagon wedding expo.
The event featured all sorts of different businesses looking to help out with the big day, from DJs and photographers, to gyms willing to help brides and grooms get in shape before tying the knot.
Melissa Murray was one of the vendors at the wedding expo. Married two years ago, Murray went shopping with her husband for wedding supplies and ended up literally buying the entire store.
“My husband and I went to Penny Lane weddings to rent all of our items for the wedding,” Murray said. “We went in, and the owner said they were sorry, but they were retiring in September and couldn’t rent to us anymore. As a bride, I panicked, and so my husband asked if they were selling the business. Before we knew it, we had bought Penny Lane.”
Murray now operates the Saskatoon-based business full time with her husband. She says one thing she has noticed about weddings today is that the options are endless.
“The nice thing is, there’s no set rules with weddings anymore,” Murray said. “You can pretty much do whatever you want, whereas even 10 years ago, there were certain things weddings always had to have.”
Murray says weddings today are all about adding the personal touch.
“You can do everything from personalizing your aisle runners with your names and dates, to LED lights, which have become really popular,” Murray said. “You can do fully customizable acrylic signs with LED lights in them to add that little bit of personal touch, and it makes a keepsake afterwards as well.
Murray says that making your own wedding decorations is becoming popular as well.
“We have a lot of do it yourself supplies for those brides on a budget that would prefer to make their own items to save a bit of money,” Murray said. “Plus it’s also something they can put that personal touch on as well.”
Caitlin Kohne was one of the many future brides to attend the expo. Engaged this past December, Kohne is planning her wedding for next August and came to price out some of the services.
Kohne says she doesn’t have too many demands for her wedding. She hopes to have it outdoors, and wants it to be low-key.
“I just want to keep it small,” Kohne said. “With my friends and family, and just have fun.”