This year’s weddings all about sparkle
BRIDES and grooms from around the Northern Rivers gathered this weekend to meet with wedding vendors, admire the latest fashions and taste wine at the Ballina Wedding and Events Expo.
Expo committee member Deborah Marks said the event was an opportunity for community members planning an event to meet with photographers, event decorators, photo booth providers, makeup artists and other typical vendors.
"It's really a day to come down and get information first-hand from the suppliers," she said.
"If you're planning a wedding one of the first things you need to do is think of the type of wedding you want.
"A huge affair, an intimate backyard affair ... the food you'll have, how it will be served and what atmosphere you want to have.
"Then you need to book those things, like the venue, the celebrant or the church, and the go from there."
Some of the vendors on the day included Allen Scott DJ Statik, Kristy Saad Affordable Beauty, and Felicity and Phillip Hyde Black Tie Photobooths.
Ms Marks said a 2016 wedding was all about glamour and sparkle.
"Anyone following the current trends, things are going a little bit more upmarket, a little bit more elegant," she said.
"We're seeing a lot of sequins, also a lot of the chevron (v-shaped) pattern coming through now."
Co-owner of Alstonville Florist Kerry Thomson said natives were really popular at the moment but ultimately it was what the bride and groom wanted that mattered.
"But while there are trends it really comes back to what the bride herself wants.
"You can go with the trend and adapt it to be individual."
One of the expo highlights was the fashion parade around midday.
Brides, grooms, bridesmaids and mothers gathered to watch clothing models walk down the isle sporting beautiful bridal gowns, evening wear and bridesmaid dresses.
There was even wine tasting to help the bride and groom pick their beverages for the reception.
Marriage celebrant of seven years, Jo Kilburn, said wedding expos not only encouraged brides and grooms to meet with vendors, it was a great opportunity for people working in the wedding industry to get together as well.
"We don't often get to spend much time speaking with other vendors but it's a good time for us to come together," she said.
Ms Kilburn said she entered the industry because it worked well alongside being a stay-at-home mum.
"It fit in well with me being able to do that ... I still got to provide for my family," she said.
Money raised at the door went to Our Kids.