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08/01/2016

Wedding bells bring riches to the Range

THE Range will be overrun with brides-to-be this weekend as six wedding venues open their doors for the Hinterland Wedding Summer Showcase.

The venues will host displays from more than 100 wedding suppliers ranging from florists and stylists to massage therapists and groom groomers.

Fourteen accommodation providers will also open their doors to assure couples that all their guests can be catered for in a hinterland wedding.

Hinterland Tourism president Christine Kardash said the wedding industry brought about $25 million a year to the Range economy.

"It's an enormous tourism driver because for every wedding there are the guests for that wedding so hopefully we're making such a good impression that that guest will decide to come back at another time," she said.

The owner of Montville Country Cabins said the event would highlight the Range's versatility as a wedding destination.

"There are six venues open and each of those venues has their own unique appeal, ranging from very formal to casual garden-type venues," she said.

Wedding florist Stacey Lambert is preparing three displays for the Summer Showcase.
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"The businesses are all owned and run by individuals and families so they really have a huge investment, not only financially but personally, in those businesses."

Now in its third year, Ms Kardash said the event had proved a great way to generate long-term bookings.

She said exhibitors would be stepping it up this year with live music, demonstrations and fashion parades.

Visitors can also register for the chance to win $1500 in wedding services.

Maleny wedding florist Stacey Lambert will have displays at three venues this year.

"It's an opportunity to connect with (potential clients) face to face," she said.

"You build a relationship which you can't do normally."

Ms Lambert's business, Poppy Lane Flowers by Design, deals exclusively with weddings.

"I do it because I love it," she said.

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