Gippsland Times bridal fair attracts hundreds

HUNDREDS visited the Gippsland Times’ Bridal Fair on Saturday, which has been hailed a success by organisers.

Times advertising consultant Yvonne Coffey was thrilled with the outcome of all her planning and co-ordination of the bridal fair held at All Seasons Sale (Princeton) on Saturday.

“The venue was brilliant, and the managers of the venue made it even more user friendly by opening their bistro and serving afternoon tea.

“We estimated about 500 people attended and it was packed all day through to after 5pm,” she said.

“There were 32 stalls, attracting a great deal of interest and the fashion parade at 3pm, featuring gowns from Val’s Bridal Boutique, was a real focal point and well attended.”

Among the highlights of this year’s fair was the new addition of booth-style photography, where locals got the chance to have a play around with funny props and see examples of the informal and fun retro-style photos.

Live band The Forget Me Nots played samples from their repertoire during the fashion parade, and attendees were spoilt for choice when it came to free and delicious samples of the variety of cakes on offer.

This year’s fair also had plenty of giveaways on offer, with several stall holders running giveaways — from bridal boutique vouchers to free custom-made cakes and holiday accommodation.

However, the major giveaway was run by the Times, a three night stay at the luxurious Crowne Plaza Pelican Waters Golf Resort and Spa Hotel, with return airfares included.

The lucky winner was Tahlia Griffen.

In a first for the Times, there was also an exclusive online giveaway on Facebook, with a $100 day spa voucher won by Sally Campbell, who uploaded the most popular photo from her wedding.