Bridal expo makes the big day easy
IT’S the biggest bridal expo on the North Coast, but this year the organisers have reached new heights – a bride and groom on stilts.
An elevated ceremony is not a realistic option, but the pair on stilts ‘adds to the atmosphere’, according to expo co-ordinator Vicki Veitch.
The expo, which features 86 stalls, opens at 9 30am tomorrow at the Ballina RSL in River Street.
It finishes at 3pm with a fantasy wedding in Memorial Park, near the club.
The pretend bride and groom will arrive by helicopter.
Before the ceremony stilt walkers, acrobats and musicians will entertain the crowd.
After the fantasy wedding doves will be released into the park.
Ms Veitch said the annual expo, which was first held in 2002, has grown every year.
“We now can’t fit another exhibitor in,” she said.
Bridal gowns, men’s suits, and bridesmaid and flower girls’ dresses will all be on exhibition.
There will also be florists, cake decorators, celebrants, beauticians, restaurateurs, wedding planners, car hire services, jewellers, photographers, and even musicians showcasing their services.
Ms Veitch said she loved working with the exhibitors and this year there are 30 new stalls.
Pole dance studio, Divalicious, will have a stall this year and perform at 2.30pm.
“They are very popular, performing at hen’s nights,” explained Ms Veitch.
Bridal fashion parades will be held at 10.30am and 12.30pm and there will be lucky door prizes. Raffles will also be held for a wedding package valued at $3000, a $1500 wedding dress and $500 wedding bouquets.
There is a $5 entry fee, but 80 per cent of proceeds will go to charity.