Grafton Wedding Expo draws a crowd
IF THE brides-to-be attending the Grafton Wedding Expo yesterday experience the same weather on their special day they will be very happy ladies indeed.
Blessed with a gloriously sunny day in this final week of winter, the visitors came in thick in fast to the Grafton Racecourse throughout the morning and early afternoon as future nuptials were discussed among the 36 stallholders.
All facets of wedding preparation and execution were represented with some exhibitors travelling as far as Brisbane and Sydney, while others were familiar faces on the Clarence wedding circuit.
Displays included everything from the traditional services like venues, celebrants, decorations and photography to the quirkier caravan bars, photo booths and Kombi hire.
Byron Bay-based Bill Roberts, whose sleek black 10-seater limo was a show-stopper with its tinted windows and a fully stocked bar inside, was one way to ensure you feel like a celebrity on your special day. He was extremely impressed with the turn-out yesterday, securing his first booking by mid-morning.
If classic cars are more your thing, there were two bright Holden examples to fawn over courtesy of Retro Wheels, aka Graham and Jeanette Sill of Halfway Creek. Dressed to match the turquoise model, Jeanette said despite the 1960s aspect of the cars they were still very popular with traditional weddings looking to add some colour to their special day. The contrasting vehicles have been a hit with bridal parties and even those organising more sombre occasions. "We did a funeral once as the gentleman loved his vintage Holden's."
Of course, they were all there to woo couples planning their big day which is no easy task in the Clarence.
Young Grafton couple Keira Bradfield and Dallas Knox are second time expo attendees, newly engaged when the last expo was held and now planning for their big day, set for September next year.
"You usually have to travel around to see businesses like these so it's good to have everyone in the one spot," Dallas said.
"We're only young so we are learning as we go so it's great to be able to talk and ask questions face-to-face rather than looking on a computer," Keira said.
President of the Grafton Expo Committee and owner of menswear store More 4 Men, Tim Ellem said he was really happy with the number of people coming through the gates. "It really picked up mid-morning. I think there's a few things on this weekend and people are doing the rounds."
If you missed yesterday's Expo, the next Grafton event will be in May 15 next year.