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Kootenay Brides findingwedded bliss online

Engaged couples have a valuable new tool to help them plan their wedding with the launch of Kootenay Bride. Beautifully designed, informative and reliable, Kootenay Bride is a one-stop resource for marrying couples that showcases local businesses offering the finest quality products and services in the wedding industry.

Located at www.kootenaybride.com, the site features everything from florists in Fernie to adventure tour operators in Crescent Valley. Couples are able to search via region, city or service and they can also take advantage of exclusive editorial content such as wedding planner checklists and tips for saving money.

Kootenay Bride is the brainchild of Nelson-based wedding photographer Melissa Welsh who says many of her clients were finding it difficult to locate information about services here. In response, she set out to help promote local business and market the entire Kootenay region as a wedding destination.

“A lot of couples are now using the Internet to begin their wedding planning process and I realized there was a lack of reliable resources that featured the East and West Kootenays,” she says. “So many talented professionals are based here and yet my clients were bringing in people from cities such as Vancouver and Calgary because they didn’t know the services were available here.”

To further market the region, Kootenay Bride will be expanding into the publishing industry in the spring of 2008. Kootenay Bride Magazine will be distributed at bridal shows and finer wedding retailers across south-central British Columbia.

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