Sofitel Minneapolis Hosts First "Savoir Affaire" Bridal Fair; "Bridal Fair with French Flair" Includes a Fabulous Dream Wedding Giveaway for One Lucky Couple

Sofitel Minneapolis’ “Savoir Affaire” will feature various bridal vendors located throughout the hotel. Each bride will have a chance to win Sofitel’s “Love is Magnifique” wedding package valued at $15,000. Lancome make up demos and customized scent made for each bride; dance demonstrations by Arthur Murray Dance Studio; fashion show by Grace Bridal; cooking demos by Sofitel chefs, martinis, appetizers, wedding cake showcase; hairstyling, hand/foot massage by Progressions Spa and more.

Minneapolis, MN, May 15, 2009 --( Sofitel Minneapolis is thrilled to host its first ever “Savoir Affaire” Bridal Fair on Sunday, June 7, 2009. Beginning at 1 p.m. and lasting until 4 p.m. the French luxury hotel will work with top bridal vendors to help pamper and prepare brides-to-be for the big day. Guests will also be given the chance to win Sofitel’s “Love is Magnifique” wedding giveaway.

A fantastic array of bridal vendors will be stationed throughout the hotel, representing various aspects of a wedding from the rehearsal dinner to the ceremony. As guests make their way through the stations they will gain valuable wedding tips and ideas. The vendors that will be present at the fair include:

· Stationary/Invitations: FedEx Office
· Hair/Spa: Progressions Salon & Spa
· Make-up: Lancome
· Gowns: Grace Bridal Boutique
· Floral: Richfield Flowers & Events, Inc.
· Décor: Studio 6 Specialty Linen
· Lighting: Swank
· Music: Bellagala
· Dancing: Arthur Murray Dance Studio
· Transportation: AMPM Limo
· Photography: Olive Juice
· Magazine: Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine- Weddings

In addition, Sofitel Minneapolis will serve as the food and beverage vendor at the fair. One of Sofitel Minneapolis’ talented chef’s will conduct two cooking demonstrations during the afternoon and a “Martini Mixologist” will create delicious martinis for guests to sample. Tantalizing appetizers will be served during the event and several of Sofitel Minneapolis’ exquisite wedding cakes will be on display, with samples available as well.

Many of the vendors will provide guests with product and service demonstrations and samples. For example, Lancome will be stationed in one of Sofitel’s exquisite suites and will offer make-up demonstrations and create custom scents for each bride. Grace Bridal will conduct mini fashion shows throughout the afternoon showcasing the latest trends in bridal fashion. Guests will also be able to sit back and enjoy hairstyle demonstrations by Progressions Spa while receiving mini hand or foot massages.

“A wedding is a beautiful experience for couples to have, but many times it is clouded with the stress of planning,” said Amy Lewis, Sales and Marketing Director at Sofitel Minneapolis. “Our goal for this bridal fair is to remove the hassle of the wedding planning process and provide our guests with an enjoyable and indulgent experience.”

Attendees will also be provided with a passport-like card that will be marked off as they visit each vendor station. Once all stations have been visited, the fully-stamped cards will be turned in and used as entry forms for the “Love is Magnifique” dream wedding giveaway.

This fabulous wedding package will be comprised of wonderful contributions from many of the vendors showcased at the fair, including:

· Wedding reception food and beverages provided by Sofitel Minneapolis (up to $10,000 value)
· $350 gift certificate provided by Grace Bridal to go towards the purchase of a wedding gown
· Aveda gift basket and hair consultation for the bride provided by Progressions Salon and Spa (total value of $380)
· Introductory dance package, including three private lessons and three group lessons, provided by Arthur Murray Dance Studio (total value of $350)
· Professional DJ, sound and lighting for wedding reception provided by Bellagala (total value of $945)
· Engagement portrait session provided by Olive Juice
· $250 gift certificate provided by Studio 6 Specialty Linen to go towards specialty linens and/or décor
· $250 gift certificate provided by Richfield Flowers

To find out more about Sofitel Minneapolis’ “Savoir Affaire” Bridal Fair, please call 952-835-1900 or visit

Sofitel Hotels are in major destinations across North America: Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Montreal, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Miami and Washington, D.C.

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