Boutique fair shows flair
THE Byron Bay Wedding Fair on the weekend was about quality rather than quantity.
Yesterday, at Fig Tree Restaurant & Rooms in Ewingsdale, a select group of photographers, cake producers, wedding decorators and florists were chosen to display products for would-be brides and grooms, mainly from the local area.
Fair co-organiser Elissa Harris said Byron Bay had a unique wedding industry and the event at Ewingsdale finally gave local producers a chance to showcase it.
"I've been to a couple of other wedding expos and it just makes me realise how beautiful and unique the Byron wedding industry is," Ms Harris said.
"Everybody here is a craftsperson and is passionate about what they do, which is what draws people to it.
"We're just creative, open-minded and flexible."
Vintage and bohemian-style decorations and wedding accessories featured at yesterday's show.
"The vintage style, which is so in, is something that we do effortlessly in Byron Bay. And the whole bohemian thing; we live that."
Yesterday, hundreds of people were greeted with a free drink before trawling through the cosy-sized wedding fair.
Organisers deliberately kept the size of the show small to give it a community feel and selected vendors to suit the boutique style.
"Topless men at hens' parties is not what we do; we're more likely to do a tea party here."
At the fair, Suffolk Park local Holly McGrath and her fiance, Troy Lowe, were finalising details for their October beach wedding.
"There're so many creative people in Byron so it's great to be able to see what they can do," Ms McGrath said.
"It's good to meet them face to face and know that they are local so you'll be able to catch up with them again if you need to sort stuff out."
People travelled from Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
69% of marriages are conducted by civil celebrants.
October is the most popular month to get married.