Brides prepare for big day
LOVE was in the air at the Ballina Bridal Expo as dozens of engaged women browsed exhibitors while proudly wearing their 'bride-to-be' badges.
Ballina Bridal Expo co-ordinator Vicki Veitch said the bride-to-be initiative was implemented so exhibitors could link up with prospective clients.
"All the brides on the way in get a nice bright pink 'bride-to-be' badge which is great for the exhibitors so they can direct all their conversation to the brides," she said.
Mrs Veitch said the weekend's 12th annual Ballina Bridal Expo was the biggest in the events history with 80 exhibitors and more than 600 visitors to the expo.
"At our first expo we had 25 exhibitors and this year we have 80 exhibitors."
"It has really gone from strength to strength."
Mrs Veitch said the most significant change she had seen in her 10 years co-ordinating the event was the emergence of online businesses.
"One lady is doing wedding dresses and ladies and children's formal wear as an online business."
"A lot of exhibitors have websites and sell products online but they do have a shopfront too."
Coorabell Cakes owner Jenny Lang said she had been to all 12 Ballina Bridal Expos.
"I think this year's expo is better than past expos as it is set out really well," she said.
Looking every part the princess was 18-year-old Makayla Gore.
The Lismore woman said she gained great self confidence by modelling a wedding dress by Belladyrose Bridal Gowns Ladies and Children's wear and make-up by Affordable Beauty on the runway in front of more than 150 people.
Due to get married in October 2014, Jessica Cameron of Goonellabah said she went to the expo to see what was available and get some ideas for her wedding.