READY FOR THE BIG DAY: Melanie Waring, Arbonne independent consultant, posing as a bride for the Bridal and Events fair in Goonallabah. Dress was borrowed from Julia Taranto, My Tailoress in Lismore. The hearts, from Kemp Agencies, Lismore. The Flowers from The Enchanted Florist in Lismore. The bride’s veil from Exquisite Bridal and party accessories.
READY FOR THE BIG DAY: Melanie Waring, Arbonne independent consultant, posing as a bride for the Bridal and Events fair in Goonallabah. Dress was borrowed from Julia Taranto, My Tailoress in Lismore. The hearts, from Kemp Agencies, Lismore. The Flowers from The Enchanted Florist in Lismore. The bride’s veil from Exquisite Bridal and party accessories. Mireille Merlet

Fashion, music, semi-naked waiters: bridal expo has it all

SEMI-naked waiters, music, party ideas, and plenty of the latest wedding fashions all helped to make a successful Bridal and Events Fair at Goonellabah yesterday.

Organised by Rotary Lismore and now in its 15th year the Bridal and Events Fair offered exhibitors and visitors a "unique ambience and warmth" that could only come from a "community project," Rotary member and event organiser Josephine Saunders said.

The turnout from visitors was great and they got to see good variety of exhibitors, co-organiser Gae Ferris said.

"The exhibitors have all reported good bookings and are making new contacts," she said.

Best of all the proceeds from the day, including an entrance fee of $2 and exhibitors fees, all go to Rotary's community programs.

Ms Ferris said the fair was not just for weddings but also catered for other events such as graduations and anniversaries.

Bride-to-be Tammy Maher had a successful day organising a wedding photographer, a cake and a dress design.

"I'm feeling good now. I'm pretty sorted, I am just looking for a beautician," she said.

Having everything in one spot made the organising a wedding much easier, Elissa Gollan of Coraki said.

"Compared to when I got married 20 years ago, they should think themselves lucky, everything is in one place," she said. A few decades back they probably didn't have Wicked Waiters to spruce up a hen's night either.

The well-built and shirtless waiters were increasingly popular at hen's nights according to James Whitby, who has been doing it for two years.

"I have enjoyed it, I'll keep doing it," he said.

Steven Johnson and his bride-to-be were visiting the fair to get an idea of what was on offer locally, after recently moving to Goonellabah.

He and his bride are planning a 150-head event in Lennox. They have a year to get everything in place for the big day, he said.



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