MARYSVILLE – Cooper and Mariah Rodieck of Everett were a little overwhelmed, but 10-month-old Ballard took it all in stride.
They attended the first Wedding Show at the city’s updated Marysville Opera House Saturday, along with up to 500 of other people.
“There’s stuff we never thought about,” Mariah admitted.
They do have a lot of time to think things out. Their wedding date isn’t until March 27, 2020. They have been together for two years. They saw a sign about the event the previous weekend off the freeway exit.
They have just started planning, but there was one vendor there they liked – Paeonia Pines Wayward Floral Design. They said they liked Emily Sullivan’s booth because she used local products in a non-traditional way.
“Boho style” Mariah said. “A more natural feel.”
Sullivan later said, “Bohemian is Caribbean hippy, less structured, loose, organic.”
Mariah and Cooper said at this point they are just trying to get an idea of what they want. They aren’t even sure of the venue yet.
“We want a homey feel,” Mariah said.
One of the 35 vendors there that took up all three floors of the Opera House is new to Marysville – AC Mora’s Boutique.
Sisters Cristina and Annette Mora said their family business on State has been open about six months.
They were too busy to talk Saturday, but Monday Cristina said their wedding dresses and jewelry attracted a lot of attention. They sold some jewelry and made some appointments to people to come in and try on dresses.
“They didn’t know they could get wedding dresses local – right here in Marysville,” Cristina said.
She said along with weddings they sell items for proms, Homecoming, baptisms, decorations, and they sell packages working with people at other businesses.
Dana Mulligan, program specialist with the city parks department, said there was a steady flow of attendees throughout the day, thanks in part to a fashion show put on by AC Mora’s Boutique and Bella Boutique of Smokey Point in the early afternoon.
“It was so beautiful,” she said. “It really made it special for us, and the people who were attending.”
The first 100 people received swag bags filled with free items, little gifts and coupons from the various vendors.
Mulligan said before her job with the city she worked in the floral end of the wedding business.
“So it’s in my wheelhouse,” she said. “I have experience in it on what brides are doing to prepare.”
Mulligan said most of the attendees were women.
“If they’re out scouting it’s mostly moms and friends or bridesmaids,” she said, adding the grooms usually show up when it reaches the point of, “Let’s make a decision.”
Mulligan said she did talk to some couples who booked the Opera House and others who plan to in the future. She said it went so well they want to make it an annual event. She said January is “wedding planning season” and many other communities charge admission. But Marysville wants to keep theirs free and keep it affordable for vendors, too, targeting local businesses.
She said their show had a little bit of everything, including flowers, dresses, caterers, music, jewelry, travel agent, makeup and hairdresser.
“Anything to do with getting married or preparing to get married or being a newlywed,” she said. “You don’t have to leave Marysville to plan your wedding.”