Southwest Wedding Bazaar

Southwest Wedding Bazaar

Curator of the Southwest Wedding Bazaar, Meg Roberts / photo by Jennaye Derge

Trends can be weird. Fashion can change from parachute pants to rainbow-colored hair in the blink of an eye. People can dance on the side of moving cars for no apparent reason, and what once was considered brunch is now a $10 cup of frothy art and a piece of toast with avocado on it.

Staying with the trends can be stressful, and being hip can be straight-up bizarre—but sometimes that’s what makes it so fun, or so thinks Meg Roberts.

Roberts is a local wedding planner and current curator of the first annual Southwest Wedding Bazaar, an event that is sure to showcase any wedding trend from the last couple of years and maybe even a few to come. Her eye for what’s up-and-coming in the wedding scene has led her from being a wedding planner in the Four Corners region to where she is now: planning a big, fake wedding party.

On Saturday, April 27, at River Bend Ranch just north of Durango, Roberts—along with 42 other local vendors—will be throwing a big wedding party showcasing the trendy wedding expertise of professionals doing what they do best. The wedding itself is not a real wedding, mind you—no one will actually be getting married—but there will be three fake ceremonies, live music, libations, yard games, cake, and even an aerialist performing in the middle of it all.

Yes, it’s all very bizarre.

“The event is really meant to be a big party,” Roberts said.

A party where the soon-to-be-betrothed can don their favorite fancy attire and shop for local wedding vendors with a cocktail in one hand and a slice of cake in the other.

The event runs from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., so guests can shop for vendors under the warm sun and the backdrop of River Bend Ranch’s red cliffs until the sun sets and the real dancing begins. Local DJs and the live band “Liver Down the River” will be taking the stage to keep the party going and the dancing flowing. And when it’s time to go home? Buck Horn Limousine will be safely shuttling wedding “guests” from 11th Street Station to the venue and then offering rides back at the end of the night, when there will be an after party back at 11th Street.

The event is sure to be a big party, full of plenty of wedding vendors and even some bizarre trends. But it’s sponsored by and also supports Local First, which will ensure that it’s also filled with all of our favorite local, independent wedding vendors who can show us the way around latte art and a piece of avocado toast. 

Southwest Wedding Bazaar
Saturday April 27th / 2-8PM
27846 US-550, Durango


Southwest Wedding Bazaar