West Auckland will be the place for brides-to-be, on 30 March, with the fifth annual Wedding Expo at The Quality Hotel Lincoln Green.
The event has gone from strength to strength since its inception, it’s popularity assured by the fact that unlike some other wedding shows, it is a free and very user-friendly event for brides-to-be and their entourages and inexpensive for the exhibitors who get quality time with prospective customers.
Last year more than 1,000 West Auckland brides-to-be, mothersof– the-bride, husbands-to-be, family, bridesmaids, and friends patronised the event, bringing a large and valuable market to 50 of the finest wedding support companies serving West Auckland.
Organiser Colleen Acton, Business Development Manager at the hotel, says that the exhibitors cover every need from those organising complete weddings, to florists, cake makers, video makers, photographers, wedding fashion houses, hire facilities, caterers and wine suppliers, limousines and even travel agents to book honeymoon travel.
West Auckland has a vast range of ceremony options from beaches to vineyards, and there will even be advice on planning a tropical island getaway from a Rarotonga Wedding Planner.
Colleen says that while it has the convenience of a “one-stop-shop”, the Expo is small enough to let brides and their entourage spend quality time discussing their individual needs with the suppliers. Many exhibitors go away with bookings and it’s even possible for brides-to-be to leave with their whole wedding organised.
“The big wedding shows can be expensive and exhausting, but not the Wedding Expo Waitakere,” says Colleen. “We have everything a bride could need, and plenty of choice between suppliers, but we’re small enough for brides to enjoy personal attention. They can bring mum and dad, fiancé, bridesmaids and so-on and there’s always time to talk with experts about their individual needs; their flowers, the hairstyle they want, the kind of cake they want, the food and wine, literally everything.”
The event has been very popular because it’s free to the public, inexpensive to the exhibitors and being held at a hotel, it means people can take time out to relax in one of the bars or Icon Restaurant on site while they talk things over between themselves.
In addition, with the venue being a 3.5 star hotel conscious of the wide ethnic and religious diversity in West Auckland, it is geared to design and deliver culturally appropriate wedding receptions, hen parties, stag “do’s”, engagement parties, all complete with accommodation and menus tailored to the event.
The celebration can be held in the main function centre which seats up to 160 in comfort and style and still has room for a dance floor. Guests can organise their own decor, or get the hotel to dress the room and, importantly, the hotel will clean up afterwards.
Quality Hotel Lincoln Green Manager Hammond Cardon says the Wedding Expo has been good for the hotel. Wedding receptions have increased from about 6 a year to 15 a year since the Expo has been held.
“Offering the Expo free to the general public we see it as part of The Trusts commitment to “Giving Back”, to the West Auckland community,” says Hammond. “Through this event, West Auckland brides have their own local event to introduce them to all the suppliers who can create a truly great wedding just for them”.
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