Aaron Schreder and Krystal Gollan check out the photographers’ gallery at the Ballina Bridal Expo in preparation for their wedding next year.
Aaron Schreder and Krystal Gollan check out the photographers’ gallery at the Ballina Bridal Expo in preparation for their wedding next year. Doug Eaton

Expo makes saying 'I do' easy

MARRIAGE may be on the decline, but you would never have guessed it by the crowds at yesterday’s Bridal Expo in Ballina.

The RSL Club on River Street was packed with people from its 9.30am kick-off – mainly women, but a fair sprinkling of men – who had come to collect ideas for their upcoming nuptials or to feed their dreams for the future.

Brides-to-be and their fiancés, bridesmaids and mums sampled wedding cakes, pondered venues, compared photographers and ran their eyes over gowns, jewellery and floral arrangements.

Others among the 86 stalls offered collagen masks for that youthful look on the big day, cosmetic tattooing, or teeth whitening.

Various formats of music were on offer – from the gently lulling flute and Celtic harp of the two-piece Emerald, to a more vigorous country karaoke set-up.

One betrothed couple were Aaron Schreder and Krystal Gollan, who were browsing with Krystal’s dad, Rick.

The couple had travelled from Brisbane to hook up with Mr Gollan, a Woodburn cane farmer.

And while they live in Queensland, they plan to recite their vows in a civil ceremony at the Gollans’ property in March next year.

Krystal and Aaron are expecting between 60 and 80 guests. They have yet to prepare their vows but a white wedding is planned, though it will be ‘casual, with a country flavour’, according to Krystal.

They were looking to get some ideas on catering and a photographer, but some of the big ticket items were already taken care of, Mr Gollan said.

He has another daughter getting married in October and said that his wife, Debbie, would be making the wedding gowns for both ceremonies, as well as the bridesmaids ensembles. She will even be baking the cakes for the two events, Mr Gollan said.

While the fashions in wedding gowns and flowers may have changed over the years, the demand for spectacle hasn’t lessened.

But one stall offered something the ladies staffing it admitted was becoming less and less fashionable – a venue for a traditional Christian wedding.

But, they said, the Bexhill Open Air Cathedral provided a unique setting, and it still hosted 30 weddings last year.



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