Wow factor on show for Whitsundays Wedding Expo

THE best of the region's wedding services will be on show this Sunday, February 23, at the inaugural Whitsundays Wedding and Honeymoon Expo.

Organised by Whitsundays Marketing and Development Limited (WMDL) in conjunction with key partners, the event is part of a campaign to increase awareness of the Whitsundays as the ideal wedding location.

From 10am-1pm, the Whitsunday PCYC will be converted to a display house for all things bridal, with the first 100 people through the doors to receive a free copy of a bridal magazine.

Over 50 exhibitors have already signed up for the day, including photographers, celebrants, cake decorators, florists, wedding co-ordinators and more.

One of the highlights of the expo will be a fashion show featuring beautiful clothing by haute couture designer Kim Harris, from Kim Marcel Art of Couture.

Ms Harris said this would be her biggest expo here yet and a great opportunity to showcase the region as well as her one-off, made-to-order gowns.

Also unique to this event is an open house and mini-bus tour to some of the most spectacular wedding venues in and around Airlie Beach.

As an added incentive to entice a crowd, the expo will feature plenty of prize giveaways, including a wedding kick-starter package valued at over $3800.

WMDL acting chief executive officer Daryl Hudson said the expo would be a colourful event and "a grand showcase" of the local industry, with service providers ready to give expert advice.

"The Whitsundays Wedding and Honeymoon Expo will be the perfect start to planning your wedding in our tropical paradise," he said.

"Let's be honest, the Whitsundays is a simply breath-taking wedding destination with swaying palm trees, white beaches and the turquoise waters of the Coral Sea providing the perfect backdrop for your dream wedding.

"Come along and be inspired by the wedding trends of this season and chat to the local experts to plan your big day."

Gold coin donations are welcomed by way of an entry fee. For more information visit www.loveairliebeach.com.au.

THE BIG DAY
What: Whitsundays Wedding and Honeymoon Expo
Where: Whitsunday PCYC
When: Sunday, February 23
Time: 10am-1pm
Bus tours: 1-3pm
Cost: Gold coin donation
For more information: www.loveairliebeach.com.au


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