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Bridal Affair

RomWeber Marketplace to host second Party Place Bridal Expo

Event to feature fashion show, seminar,
many giveaways

BATESVILLE, Ind. (February 2020) – If you feel that your special day deserves a historic celebration, a visit to the 2020 Party Place Bridal Expo at RomWeber Marketplace in Batesville, Ind., might be in store to check out their offerings. A wide range of experts will be on hand to display their services inside this unique, historic venue that can host a wedding and reception with all of the modern day amenities.
This will be the second year for the Bridal Expo, said RomWeber Marketplace owner Mary Ellen Rippe. “Everybody loved the first one.”
Most people are impressed by the “nice, big open space” of the facility once they see it, she said. Her business, the Party Place, is housed in what used to contain the RomWeber Furniture Co. The factory is more than 130 years old, and the space has been completely restored to enhance the original construction elements, which include hand-hewn post beams, hardwood floors and lighting.

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RomWeber Marketplace’s Party Place offer a spacious venue to hold weddings and events.


The Party Place can easily accommodate 500 guests for a sit down dinner or a wedding ceremony and reception. The building is air conditioned throughout, with a separate kitchen area and restrooms. An adjacent outdoor area provides a perfect setting for additional entertaining and tents.
The facility, located at 7 S. Eastern Ave., will be showcased from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29, during the 2020 Party Place Bridal Expo. On hand will be 20-25 vendors, said Rippe. “There’s a nice mix about it.”
Wedding vendors will display their services, and visitors can stroll through booths containing information on wedding planning, photography, bakeries, flowers, DJs and bridal attire. This will give them the chance to speak one-on-one with vendors and also enjoy tastings from top caterers, she said. Visitors will also be offered a complimentary mimosa, enjoy wine tasting and door prizes.
“This year a bridal fashion show and seminars will be a great addition to the offerings,” she said. These seminars will showcase what’s trending in bridal fashions, food, floral and makeup trends. The expo will enable brides-to-be to experience a wide array of wedding expertise straight from the professionals to help plan their special day, said Rippe.
She opened the venue about five years ago, and since then it has grown and “we have added a number of enhancements. We began the Expo because we wanted to show it off to brides. The first one was successful, and we were asked to do it again.”
Rippe has always worked in sales and because of that experience, she works closely with brides to plan their perfect day. Should brides want to hold their wedding at the facility, the history of the building lends itself to the ambiance of the wedding.
The ceremony room was more than 100 years in the making. Rippe said paneling, arch doors, mirrors and fret work, made by the RomWeber Furniture Co. 40 years ago for the Celestial Restaurant in Cincinnati, were salvaged and repurposed it in the ceremony room. “The result is the perfect marriage between our history and modern day elegance.”
Workbenches and carts, once used to transport furniture, have been transformed into the perfect design elements for displays. A centuries-old factory cart is often used as a table to display a tribute to a bride’s grandmothers, mother-in-law and mother. A work bench has been converted for use as a coffee or desert bar, and brides like to use it to display cupcakes, she said.
At the Expo, future brides will be able to talk with photographers who might supply pictures for the display cart or caterers who will be able to fill the workbench with all sorts of confectionary delights.
A section of the building in which the bar is located was originally home to one of the first cabinet makers in Batesville – the Greeman Brothers – and dates back to 1863. The bar is wrapped in century-old paneling made from the original beams that supported the virgin timber floors of the factory. A chandelier repurposed from a second floor fire escape ladder adds to the charm of the area.
Flexibility is one huge advantage to holding a wedding at the Party Place, said Rippe. There is flexibility in meeting a couple’s beer and wine preferences in that they can use their own caterer or supply the beverages themselves, with appropriate permit and licensed bar tenders.
The venue also has a large collection of historic and vintage props available for renting and lighting options, which include chandeliers, head table backdrops, curtains, lighted hanging vintage ladder, screens and much more. Renters have the option to begin decorating the Wednesday before their wedding, said Rippe.
There is also a selection of backdrops from which to choose, some having been inspired by former brides who held their wedding at the Party Place. “One bride wanted a pallet wall,” said Rippe. “She brought the materials in and helped install it. It’s one of the hottest items we have to offer for décor and pictures.”

• For more information, contact Mary Ellen Rippe at (513) 519-9936.

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