Get ready for huge wedding expo in Warwick this weekend
WHEN Peta Murphy first decided to run a wedding expo in Warwick, she had no idea it would turn out to be as big as it is now, five years on.
The first three expos were held at Rupert's Bar and Grill on Wood St, but the event quickly outgrew the venue and moved to the Douglas Feez Pavilion at the Warwick Showgrounds in 2017.
Back there again this year, the Warwick Wedding Expo will be held on Sunday from 10am-2.30pm.
Mrs Murphy said she started the expo in 2014 to make life easier for the prospective brides of the region.
"I always had people asking me who they should go to for hair or make-up or catering and any number of other things,” she said.
"So bringing all the providers and suppliers together in one place seemed like the perfect idea.”
Mrs Murphy said the idea of the expo was to make the whole experience easier for those planning a wedding.
"You can meet everyone, see what they offer, what specials they have going, and walk out with your whole wedding organised,” she said.
"Getting along with the people you're working with is really important, so this gives that face-to-face opportunity.”
Mrs Murphy said businesses from all across the region and as far as Toowoomba and Stanthorpe would be in attendance.
"We'll have caterers, decorators, photographers, videographers, florists, cake-makers with free tastings, travel agents for honeymoons, stationery makers, sign-writers and, of course, venues.
"We are so blessed here on the Southern Downs to have the range and scope of venues that are available.
"There are some truly breathtaking spots to get married, and something to suit every budget.
"That's the other thing about the expo, it doesn't matter if you're on a budget or have money to throw around, you'll find something that fits.”
Last year, the event saw more than 500 people stream through the doors and Mrs Murphy said she was hoping for more this year.
"It's a major opportunity for us and the suppliers who get involved,” she said.
"From last year's expo alone, we booked 26 weddings.
"We've had people who've come into the expo who have booked everything there on the spot.
"In three hours they've taken all the stress out of the organising and they're ready to go.”
Mrs Murphy said wedding planning could be stressful.
"Hopefully though, this expo can take away some of that stress,” she said.
"People can spend up to a year or more planning for their wedding, they want it all to be perfect.
"At the Warwick Wedding Expo we've gathered the finest professionals in so many different fields together to try to take some of that stress away.
"These guys know their jobs inside out and do a tremendous job.
"When you have a good team behind you, it really does make such a difference to your whole experience.”
Entry to the expo is $2 for adults.