Thursday, February 1, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Mackay's Wedding Expo Invites Couples To Craft Their Love Story

Stepping into the limelight once more, the local wedding industry is poised for a spectacular revival with the re-energised Mackay and Whitsunday Annual Wedding Expo, scheduled to grace the MECC on Sunday, February 4, from 10am to 1pm.

Originally introduced in 2020 by Ramona Burki, a seasoned local wedding and event specialist at the helm of Element Events by Ramona, the Mackay and Whitsunday Wedding Expo emerged as a triumphant affair. However, the grand plans for the future were momentarily put on hold due to the pandemic, only to resurface with renewed vigour for the upcoming 2024 edition.

With a mission to unite the wedding community and seamlessly connect couples with a plethora of reputable local suppliers, the Mackay and Whitsunday Annual Wedding Expo is poised to inject fresh vitality into the local wedding industry.

Set against the backdrop of the MECC this weekend, the venue is anticipated to transform into a vibrant wedding marketplace, teeming with numerous stallholders, while an influx of eager couples is expected to grace the venue throughout the day.

Event organizer Ramona Burki expressed her excitement, saying, “The Expo gives couples a chance to meet with an extensive collection of wedding professionals under one roof.”

Drawing from her two decades of experience in the local wedding and event industry, eight of which have been dedicated to operating her own event business, Ramona is adept at discerning the needs of couples planning their special day. She eagerly looks forward to assembling a diverse array of industry specialists for the Expo.

“We are creating a vibrant and supportive space for wedding and event professionals to connect with and inspire our community,” explained Ramona.

“The Expo will be a place where you can meet your celebrant, find your photographer, decide on your hair and makeup, look at cake suppliers, check out venues, organise catering, and so much more!

“Anything you want or need for your wedding day can be found at the Expo.”

Promising an engaging and interactive experience, the Mackay and Whitsunday Annual Wedding Expo is designed to offer a range of activities and showcases.

Upon entering the Expo, attendees will be greeted with a gift bag containing contact information from all the suppliers present on the day, inviting them to peruse the expansive exhibition.

Guests can relish a Fashion Parade featuring local bridal boutiques showcasing some of their finest wedding gowns, formal wear, and men’s suits.

In between shows, live entertainment and an emcee engaging with individual exhibitors will add to the festivities.

Proudly endorsed by supporting partners Core Life Magazine and redhotblue Creative Agency, these major local businesses are enthusiastic about championing such a significant regional event.

Your love story deserves a day of grandeur, and the Mackay and Whitsunday Annual Wedding Expo promises nothing short of a spectacular celebration of love and commitment. Mark your calendars and be prepared to embark on a magical odyssey that paves the way for a love-filled future!

Organiser, Ramona Burki, says that hundreds of couples are expected to attend the Mackay and Whitsunday Annual Wedding Expo. Photo credit: Alyce Holzy

WHAT: Mackay and Whitsunday Annual Wedding Expo


WHEN: Sunday, 4 February

TIME: 10am – 3pm


Top Expo Tips for Maximising Your Experience

   • Organise Your Thoughts: Grab a bridal expo bag upon arrival, chock-full of valuable information. Bring a "favorites" notebook to jot down notes and store vendor correspondence.

   • Create a Wedding-Only Email: Set up a dedicated "wedding only" email account to keep all your wedding-related correspondence in one place. This simple step will help you filter through information seamlessly during the planning process.

   • Engage with Vendors: Take your time navigating the expo and don't shy away from asking questions.Make the most of this opportunity by seeking advice, clarifications, and insights.

   • Comfort is Key: Wear comfortable shoes and carry a water bottle. Ensure your feet stay happy, and stay hydrated throughout the event. Comfortable attire will let you focus on the details without any unnecessary distractions.

   • Early Bird Advantage: Arrive early for a relaxed experience. By beating the rush, you'll have the chance to engage in quality conversations, gaining valuable insights without feeling rushed.

   • Embrace the Joy: Have fun exploring the exhibits, envisioning possibilities, and reveling in the myriad of pretty details. This is a special time in your life—embrace the journey and savor every moment of the wedding planning adventure.

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