Spring weddings are blooming across the region

WEDDING DAYS: Imogen Hobbins, of Passion@Flowers in Byron Bay, has been busy with increased of weddings in the Byron Bay Shire.
WEDDING DAYS: Imogen Hobbins, of Passion@Flowers in Byron Bay, has been busy with increased of weddings in the Byron Bay Shire. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

ONE peek into the back room of Passion@Flowers in Byron Bay is enough to prove spring wedding fever has hit town.

Surrounded by roses and baby's breath; florist, Imogen Hobbins said the business is handling up to nine weddings a weekend as the spring wedding season takes off in earnest.

Wedding trends

"We have two peak periods for weddings in Byron Bay: From September through to November, then from March to May and 80% of our brides will be from out-of- town," she said.

"At the moment we have between five to nine weddings a weekend to cater for, with four or five staff needed."

Ms Hobbins said the vintage- look was still in vogue, and a DIY style was still popular.

"There are more people wanting to do it themselves for weddings, and they want a "straight out of the garden" unstructured look with flowers," she said.

The shop also supplies decorations a bride may need for her vintage wedding look such as glass jars; vases, furniture or chandeliers.

Other trends in weddings were bride and groom asking guests to put money towards a honeymoon instead of a present, Ms Hobbins said.

"It hasn't got to the backyard barbecue wedding stage yet, but it could," she said.

"There is a trend away from more formal weddings; it is less traditional as most of the brides and grooms are paying for the wedding themselves," she said.

Wedding tourism is an increasingly lucrative market for Byron Bay said tourism body VIA Body vice-president, Ben Kirkwood, who is also the owner of the Byron Beach Cafe, a popular wedding reception venue.

"It's a huge part of our business. We've got bookings stretching to 2015," he said.

WEDDING TRENDS

Vintage look has replaced classical or tropical styles of several years ago

DIY is in vogue - think glass jars and hessian table runners

Wishing wells for guests to throw money in lieu of a present

Bride and groom pay for own wedding instead of bride's family

Smaller weddings from around 30 people


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