Wedding fever in Launceston continues a week after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex tied the knot at Windsor Castle.
Launceston’s brides and grooms-to-be had their turn to plan out aspects of their special day at Weddings at the Albert on Sunday.
The expo saw exhibitors turn Albert Hall into a wedding wonderland, featuring stalls for venues, bridal gowns and caterers.
Among the highlights for many in attendance were the two fashion parades, featuring an array of wedding wear.
Purple Fox Bride brand manager Lyndel Foran said most brides are looking for a gown that is unique to their own wedding day.
“We try to fit a gown for every bride, but I believe a gown finds a bride and the bride doesn’t find a gown,” she said.
“When she puts it on she gets a special feeling only she knows, but you can see it a little bit, which is lovely.
“The excitement that they get when they find the gown is why we do our job.”
One engaged couple at the expo was Kayah Brown and Ashley Morgan-Meeks, who are looking to incorporate a Scottish theme into their wedding.
While Ms Brown’s gown has already found her, the pair are still looking to pull off a wedding fit for a Scotsman and woman.
“The only reason why I am here and actively looking is because I came from a Scottish background and I want to portray that in our special day,” Mr Morgan-Meeks said.
“She said, ‘we can go full [Scottish], but you have to be actively looking at wedding expos as well’.”
Event organiser Louise Scott said the expo highlighted the many local businesses specialising in this area and the party atmosphere of the day.
Ms Scott, who also owns Launceston company Timeless Elegance, said it was great to see so many people choosing to support the sector locally.
“I believe in the industry and I want people to buy local, shop local and support local businesses and providers,” she said.
Timeless Elegance bridal consultant and seamstress Totara Whatmough also stressed the importance of a hands-on, local experience.
“It is hard out there for brides with a lot of imitations online – people think, ‘I see a picture and that’s what I’m getting for $200,” she said.
“I hope more brides want to attend events like this today and they want to support local businesses.”