The summer wedding season is nearing, and many couples who delayed marriage during the pandemic plan to get married in 2021. Kansas City’s West Bottoms is helping out by giving away a wedding package valued at $9,009 to one couple that will be selected from posts submitted to the West Bottoms on Facebook.
The winning couple will receive a diamond engagement ring and wedding bands from Helzberg Diamonds, a romantic wedding setting on the streets of the historic district, and an ordained Helzberg associate will officiate through their Hitched at Helzberg program (usually available only in stores).
In addition, the couple will receive a reception dinner for 10 from Chef J’s BBQ; table decorations by Dusted Attic; a cake, flower bouquet, boutonniere and headband of flowers from Full Moon Productions; gift bags for guests from Serendipity; a selfie station created by Robin’s Nest; and a $250 gift basket for the couple from Sincerely Ellis.
The First Friday Weekend-themed Brides in the Bottoms event organizers plan to display new bridal gowns around the district and sell them for $200 each. They’ll also start Friday and Saturday mornings with a complimentary Bride and Bestie Yoga session under the 12th Street Bridge. Food trucks and activities are planned outside, and Helzberg Diamonds will offer a ring toss for fun prizes.
Inside, next to Java Garage, Helzberg Diamonds will provide free ring cleaning and ear piercings in addition to showing a collection of some of their new jewelry. West Bottoms stores around the 13-block district have restocked their wares, including quality furnishings, décor, furniture, clothing, vintage, antiques, and more for shoppers to find gifts, as well as décor, jewelry and fashion for their own enjoyment.
“We’ve already seen an uptick of interest to book our wedding venue at the Rumely Event Space as couples are hustling to get their weddings rescheduled,” said Amber Arnett-Bequeaith, West Bottoms spokeswoman. “We know many couples experienced hardships, so we thought it was fitting to give away an impromptu wedding. A winner will be announced next Tuesday, and their wedding will be on Saturday.”
The West Bottoms Historic Entertainment District, located just off the 12th Street Bridge, has 22 warehouses in a thirteen-block area with approximately 600 vendors and more than 25 stores and restaurants. Many of its large, multi-story buildings have histories starting over 120 years ago.
–Dwight Widaman | Metro Voice