Bridal expo takes hassle out of tying the knot

HAPPY COUPLE: Faux newlyweds Ben Layton and Maxine Amore, both of The Channon at the Lismore Bridal Expo.
HAPPY COUPLE: Faux newlyweds Ben Layton and Maxine Amore, both of The Channon at the Lismore Bridal Expo. Patrick Gorbunovs

WHITE wedding, anyone?

That was the question on the minds of some 350 visitors to the 2013 Lismore Bridal Expo at the Lismore Gateway Motel yesterday.

From cakes to celebrants, to florists and decorators and even naughty entertainment for bucks' and hens' nights, punters were treated to a smorgasbord of wedding essentials.

To warm up their guests, the venue provided some gourmet food, a generous amount of champagne and even the chance to see an (almost) real wedding ceremony in the gardens of the Gateway.

A beautiful bride walked down the outdoor "aisle" to some tear-jerking pop sounds and the celebrant even read the vows.

Lismore resident Geni Humphries has been to five wedding expos in the past few months and plans to go to at least two or three more before she ties the knot in December.

"For me they're a great way of getting good deals face to face and seeing everybody at once," Miss Humphries said.

"It's actually a time-saver.Every aspect of a wedding was here today, so I don't have to spend hours online."

Wedding co-ordinator and decorator Deborah Marks said the most important thing about a great wedding was planning.

Price-wise, white weddings can start at about $6000 for those who are budget-savvy, but often go up to at least $40,000.

Style-wise, vintage is becoming all the rage again.

"The vintage bohemian look is very in, and also simplicity and elegance. For example, a beautiful table centrepiece without the overcrowding," Mrs Marks said.

It's all about finding elegance without blowing the budget - and don't forget the cake.



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