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PUBLISHED: 11:59 AM on Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Bridal: Live wedding ceremony to take place at bridal show
The flowers. The cake. The dress.

The grill - yes, a grill for the groom.

When it comes to weddings, prospective brides may think they have to travel to get the gear, but all the pieces are available in Southeast Alaska.

Melissa McCormick of Creativation Events is showcasing bridal offerings in her first Bridal Extravaganza from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at Centennial Hall in Juneau.

The show will also include the actual wedding of Kami Sievenpiper and Roger Booth at 2 p.m.

"It's something I've wanted to do for a while," said McCormick, whose business is event rentals and planning. "After visiting trade shows down south, I had the idea and found my opportunity to put it together. It's right up my alley."

Admission to the event is free, and with a suggestion from her husband, McCormick will have a "groom's room."

The getaway for men will feature a room with a big screen television, recliners and chicken wings, so women can visit vendors at the show.

"We wanted something for them, too. I'd like to get a guy's gift registry going, too," McCormick said.

"They always have registries for women, but it's important for guys to have some kind of registry. When I got married, my husband got a grill, and he was so excited."

McCormick said a variety of vendors will be at the show, including photographers, travel agents and caterers.

"I was nervous about the show at first, but I rent out equipment and this is a better opportunity to market services to Southeast Alaska," McCormick said.

"All the things they have down south, we have here. You don't have to go to Seattle to get everything, and I want people to know."

A fashion show and lunch is scheduled for noon. The "live" wedding to follow was serendipitous.

"It kind of happened by accident. I was talking to Melissa (McCormick) about helping me with my wedding, and it just so happened that the date I picked was the day of the extravaganza," Sievenpiper said.

"She asked me if I would be willing to get married in public, and I was shocked, but my fiancé said we should do it."

By having her wedding at the show, Sievenpiper has been given many items for her wedding from vendors such as the cake, flowers, decorations and $500 toward her dress.

"There are so many things, a lot of little things," Sievenpiper said.

"It helps so much because Melissa is taking care of that and it's one less thing I have to do."

Sievenpiper said she is planning a private reception after the ceremony, which has been stressful.

She said she was flexible about her wedding plans, but not everyone agreed with the public affair.

"My stepdad called it a three-ring circus, and my maid of honor just doesn't want to be out in front of all those people," Sievenpiper said.

"When we were first planning, I told my fiancé that I'd rather go to the Justice of the Peace.

"But he wanted the traditional wedding. I don't like being in front of a lot of people, but I guess I'll have to get over that."


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