Amity Stevenson, 2, modelled this little flower girl’s dress at the Bridal Expo at the Grafton racecourse.
Amity Stevenson, 2, modelled this little flower girl’s dress at the Bridal Expo at the Grafton racecourse.

One-stop-shop works wonders

ORGANISERS and stallholders at the Bridal Expo held in Grafton yesterday have given the revamped event an enthusiastic thumbs-up.

“Better than last year,” was the consensus of opinion of this year’s event, which concentrated the stalls in the Grafton racecourse Hats on Course function room.

“It got rid of the brown’s cows effect,” said event organiser and managing director of Threeonethree event management Mark Butler.

“Putting all the stalls in the one area made it a one-stop-shop for anyone coming here.”

Overall co-ordinator of the Bridal Expo, Kellie Thomson, of Kellie Jayne Promotions, said that while the facts and figures from the day would not be available until tomorrow, she expected them to show an improvement from 2009.

“We don’t have the figures from the orders placed yet, but I’ve heard that there have been bookings made and advance inquiries made,” Ms Thomson said.

She said there was a wide range of wedding essentials covered by the stallholders including honeymoon venues, reception centres, jewellery, entertainment and photography.

“We didn’t have hairdressers on board this time, and the limousine people weren’t here, but overall it was pretty comprehensive,” she said.

“They are things we can work on for the future.”

The highlight of the expo was the fashion parade of clothes available for brides, bridesmaids, flower girls, mothers of the bride page boys and grooms.

Ms Thomson said Leah Sullivan, from Lasting Images, had put together a superb collection of outfits for the models to show off.

Grafton Chamber of Commerce and Industry executive officer James Patterson also praised the Wedding Expo, saying it showed what the Clarence Valley can offer.

“It’s something we can build on to showcase what fantastic venues we have in the Valley for this sort of thing,” he said.

Ms Thomson was already thinking about what improvements she can make for next year’s Bridal Expo.

“I learned a lot of things from this year and I think there are some areas we can improve on,” she said.

Mr Butler said the beneficiaries of this year’s expo, the Grafton Base Hospital Auxiliary, should receive at least $1000, which would match the amount they received from the expo last year.



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