Expo was best in west for blushing brides

HIGHLIGHT: The afternoon parade of the Bathurst Bridal Expo is a highlight of the day. A capacity crowd was on hand to watch the parade, which  featured gowns from local businesses and designers. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 061514cexpo8
HIGHLIGHT: The afternoon parade of the Bathurst Bridal Expo is a highlight of the day. A capacity crowd was on hand to watch the parade, which featured gowns from local businesses and designers. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 061514cexpo8

GALLERY: Bathurst Bridal Expo 2014

FROM photographers to jewellers, florists to venues, if you’re getting married the Bathurst Bridal Expo, which was on yesterday, had you covered.

Event co-ordinator Debbie Campbell said the expo was at capacity with 80 exhibitors.

“We couldn’t fit another exhibitor in,” she said.

Ms Campbell said the Bathurst Bridal Expo is regarded as the best of its kind in the Central West, and as such attracted exhibitors from all over the region, including Dubbo.

This year Ms Campbell said the expo had  great variety, and with the costs of Sydney- based weddings increasing significantly, regional areas such as Bathurst were being looked at as an alternative. She said Bathurst could capitalise on this potential and draw people to the town.

Ms Campbell said when the doors opened at 10am yesterday people were already waiting to have a look.

“We’re really happy, it’s been flat out all morning,” she said.

The co-ordinator said the beauty of the expo was that literally everything people needed for a wedding was under one roof.

“Everyone has examples of their work to show, from cakes to bouquets to decorations, people get to see it. We’ve got a guy here from a band who’s singing during the day, and girls having trial make ups, there’s 50 per cent off wedding gowns over there, where else would you get all of this in one spot?” she said.

Sean Finkel, the manager of Wallace Bishop Jewellers Bathurst, who exhibited in the expo for the first time this year, said the expo had been fantastic. 

Mr Finkel said he had spoken to many people making their way through the expo, who had stopped and spoken to him about wanting jewellery.

“We’ve had a lot of people looking at our handmade [jewellery] and looking to create their own as a family heirloom,” he said.

Varni Maree Bennett, a senior sales director with Mary Kay cosmetics, believed the day had a “really good vibe”.

“It’s definitely the best bridal expo in the Central West,” she said.