POSTED ON MAY 29, 2013:
Marry Me Indie
The New "Traditional" Wedding
Many young brides today are shying away from the traditional white-gown wedding and running headlong into the Pinterest wedding -- an affair full of DIY projects, modern pops of color, and mismatched bridesmaids' dresses.
The indie movement is currently engulfing all aspects of life, re-imagining them into products of the hipster generation by giving everyday, simple items a fresh, new feel.
Upstart wedding expo Marry Me Indie is the perfect wedding show to fit right into this movement by upending the idea of the traditional wedding.
"With 'indie' being short for independent, we really want to embrace the indie business and craft movement that is taking our nation by storm," said Marry Me Indie co-founder Renee Justus.
She and Christine Sharp-Crowe came together in brilliant collaboration in order to create a wedding show specifically designed to cater to the needs and imagination of the modern bride while enabling independent artists and designers to showcase and sell their work. The idea for the show came to them last year, and the crafty duo has been planning for the event ever since.
The industrious pair -- business owners themselves -- have been business partners and friends for over seven years now. This harmonious pair also founded make:Tulsa, an organization formed to promote the success of designers, artists, and crafters in the Tulsa area through networking and promotional opportunities. Christine is also the master mind/organizer of Indie Emporium, Tulsa's first indie-inspired craft show.
Marry Me Indie is certainly a one-of-a-kind bridal show and will have something for every bride -- options for the girliest, most traditional brides to the brides that are planning an out-of-the-box, non-traditional shindig. No matter which end of the spectrum you fall on, there is a guarantee that there will be something perfect for the big day.
"Regardless of if you're the bride looking to DIY your own wedding, or just want to support the local community and bring in the handmade aspect through our vendors, we'll have something for everyone," ensured Justus. Brides are encouraged to bring everyone along--the groom (a tough sell, perhaps, but worth a try), friends, family, and even the wedding party to help with the often-difficult decision-making process.
I know you're wondering what makes a modern bride? A hip bride? Is there a difference?
"When we say words like 'modern' and 'hip,' we are speaking to couples that want something more unique and special for their big day, something outside of a big-box retail mold, something special, with thought and time put into it," Justus said.
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With the show being based around the fairly new indie movement (although most ideas for this "new" movement are just remakes of vintage products and ideas currently enjoying their second go-round), that does not insinuate that there is an age limit on indie brides.
"Anyone of any age can be 'modern' and 'hip;' it's all just a frame of mind," Justus said.
"Whether it's a handmade veil custom-made for the bride wearing it, or a local catering company excited to provide a delicious meal custom-planned for a couple's big day, we just want it to be as special and unique as the wedding day should be," she said.
With this in mind, the show will host 25 hand-picked vendors such as Hens Teeth Emporium and The Threaded Fox, among others, to help soon-to-be brides choose the best option for every aspect of their wedding, including (but not limited to) photography, catering, accessories, make-up, fragrance, and entertainment.
Not only will Marry Me Indie host a bridal fashion show full of ideas for the whole wedding party, but Justus promised a special surprise for all of the indie-loving brides (and grooms) that attend. The event will also have a life-sized Pinterest board with the opportunity for ideas to be "unpinned" and taken home to experiment and be transformed into the perfect addition to hippest, DIY-est of weddings.
One of the obvious goals of Marry Me Indie is to provide brides and grooms with local and handmade options for their wedding, but an equally important goal for its founders is to support Tulsa's small business owners by giving them the opportunity to sell their items without requiring that a share of their profit.
"When a person supports a local business, they are not only supporting a family directly but also helping to build the local community directly. We think this sense of camaraderie ties in so perfectly with the love and support surrounding an event as special as a wedding," Justus explained.
Justus maintains a Marry Me Indie blog, Twitter and Facebook accounts, and of course, Pinterest boards. This has already created a large following with posts of cute and helpful ideas to make your wedding day as creative and beautifully artistic as possible, all while making it much easier to stay within your budget. Although this is the first year for Marry Me Indie, Justus and Sharp-Crowe hope to make it an annual event.
Marry Me Indie will be held at Living Arts at 307 E. Brady St. on June 1st. Doors open at 11am, and Marry Me Indie goodie bags will be given to the first 50 attendees in the door. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door and can be purchased at the Indie Emporium Shop and online at marrymeindie.com.
By attending Marry Me Indie, not only will brides get the chance to discover great wedding ideas, but they will also contribute to the flourishing of the creative souls that produce and sell their own product in hopes of making their wedding day exceed their own (and their guests') expectations.
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