Bridal fair changes Northern Rivers couple’s plan of eloping
THE Lismore Rotary Bridal and Events Fair was such a success this year that it convinced one couple to abandon their plans to elope in favour of getting married locally.
"We had a couple that came in this morning who were planning to elope to get married but after they saw all of the wonderful exhibitors' stands, they said they had changed their mind and want to get married locally," Summerland Sunrise Rotary Club president Andrew Heap said.
"They must have got something out of the fair to galvanise their thinking.
"That sort of acknowledgement is fantastic for the bridal fair in its first time at the Bangalow A&I Hall."
Hundreds of couples, fashionistas and wedding buffs took in the exhibits yesterday and watched parades featuring the latest in bridal fashions.
The event attracted 42 exhibitors including businesses specialising in teepee hire, photography, catering and cakes.
"The feedback from the exhibitors has been that they are very happy and they really like the venue," Mr Heap said.
This was the first time in more than a decade the bridal fair was held at Bangalow, rather than the usual venue at Goonellabah.
"Many people say that the Bangalow/ Byron area is the marriage capital of the world, if not Australia, so it was an opportunity to support the local people who are involved in the industry," Mr Heap said.
"It's a great opportunity for people who are thinking of getting married, and many people who came here today have had that on their mind within a year."
Lismore's High Tea Ladies won the Most Attractive Stand for Glenda Rams- botham.
The business caters private and corporate functions and delivers gourmet home-baked delicacies.
Among the gleaming limousines and the intricate dresses, one of the more unique exhibits was the Ocean Shores' Glamp OZ display.
Owner Natasha Rowlands said she could accommodate people in style, whatever the event.
"Whether you need a spare room for visitors, you want your in-laws to be outside-laws, or you have a party or festival event, we bring our glamping expertise to you," she said.