A CONSTANT stream of brides-to-be and their families filtered through the third Peel Valley Party Hire Bridal Expo yesterday.
Organisers Catie and Noel Woods were pretty pleased with the turnout – and said no doubt the first day of spring with attendant warm weather helped.
Mr Woods said they were expecting up to 1000 people, as that’s what they’d experienced in previous years.
She said about 30 exhibitors were in attendance and it was the second time the one-day event had been held at the Australian Equine Livestock Events Centre – it had previously been held at Tamworth Racecourse.
“It’s just good because everyone’s on the same level,” Mrs Woods said.
“A lot of fathers have come out for the day, too, which is nice.”
Exhibitors included Plush Hair Designs, Moore Creek Classic Car & Limousine Hire, Diamonds & Pearls Disco, Lollypotz Tamworth (chocolate “bouquets”) and Opal Cove Resort.
Plenty of prospective brides were looking at the eight different, opulent table settings set up in the Peel Valley Party Hire marquee.
Tamworth woman Kim Hill, who will marry Tim McLean in March next year, said they’d already sorted much of the wedding details but were still looking at which cars to hire and which sort of table settings appealed.
Her mum, Wendy Hill, said the expo was good because it provided “lots of good ideas”.
Kirsty Sayer, of Tamworth, who will be getting married in the Hunter Valley in April next year, was looking at table settings with her mum.
“I’m just looking at all of them,” Miss Sayer said.
They still had yet to decide on decorations, music and table settings.
“We’re doing cocktail style so we don’t really need table settings,” she said.
Chasing Summer Photography’s Antony and Mary Ann Hands moved from Coffs Harbour to Tamworth in January because much of their business was coming from our area.
“We’re new to Tamworth but we love it,” Mr Hands said.
They provide still and stop-motion photography.
“As far as we’re aware, there’s only one other company in Australia who does it and they’re in Sydney,” he said.
Sue Plank, who’s been running Sue’s Wedding Cakes & Bridal Accessories (Tamworth) for 28 years, said it took about 30 hours to do a three-tier wedding cake.
“I’ve seen all the trends come and go – you’ve got to keep up with the modern designs,” Mrs Plank said.
“Last year and the year before, the lopsided, bright colours were all the go, but this year they’re going back to a more classic cake.”