By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Retail | Issue: June 2012
Weddings of Tulsa owner John Bunn has taken wedding planning to the next dimension and simplified it for the bride.
John Bunn attended Oral Roberts University, studying advertising and marketing. He had a passion for multimedia, became an experienced videographer, began shooting weddings for friends, and ultimately transformed his passion into a full-blown business. He is the owner of Redeemed Productions and has recently started a second business, Weddings of Tulsa, located at 81st and Harvard.
John recognizes that today’s brides are smart consumers. With the availability of the Internet, they have done their homework and have conceptualized what they want their weddings to be – and not be – when they meet with John.
Through Weddings of Tulsa, John has taken the wedding planning process to the next dimension with a focus on the bride. “Brides are able to visit us and receive professional assistance in planning their weddings, seven days a week,” he says. Seventy-five of the Tulsa area’s best wedding vendors have exhibits at Weddings of Tulsa featuring available products and services. Examples of the types of vendors include bakers, florists, deejays, bands, videographers, honeymoon services, and much more.
In addition, Weddings of Tulsa will schedule evening events including Taste the Cake, Meet the Photographer, Smell the Flowers, and other topics designed to assist in the wedding planning process. A conference room is available for brides to meet individual suppliers and ask questions about specific products, services and costs. Two hostesses are on duty during store hours to answer questions and offer suggestions that will comply with any wedding budget.
“Once we know the wedding date,” says John, “we can confer with the selected vendor to see if they are available that date and relay information back to the bride.” When a particular vendor has been selected, Weddings of Tulsa sets up a meeting at the store between the vendor and the bride. After the bride has determined all the vendors she wants to do her wedding, Weddings of Tulsa will present an invoice for the pre-agreed total amount. Twenty-five percent of the total wedding cost is made at the signing of the vendor contracts (which will be done at one time at Weddings of Tulsa), and the bride has up to as many as five months to pay the total invoice. The entire amount must be paid in advance of the wedding day. Checks are made payable to Weddings of Tulsa, who then pays each vendor. This eliminates a lot of check writing for the bride.
Weddings of Tulsa will host two bridal shows a year at the Mabee Center. A show is scheduled for Sunday, July 15, 2012 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., where one local bride will win a wedding package of her dreams that won’t cost her a dime. Ten brides’ names will be drawn from those registered. These ten will participate in the Merritt’s Bakery Cake Dive, and one bride will win the grand prize wedding package worth an estimated $15,000. Visit www.weddingsoftulsa.com for more details. If you or someone you know is getting married in the Tulsa area, visit the Weddings of Tulsa blog for planning tips, special announcements, giveaways, additional information, and sponsored bridal shows.
Watch for the grand opening celebration of Weddings of Tulsa this summer. The store will, in essence, provide a bridal show open daily to assist brides with wedding planning.
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.