All your wed­ding needs

End of era as Civic Cen­tre shuts its func­tion doors


CALL­ING all soon-to-be mar­ried cou­ples.

If you need some in­vi­ta­tion de­sign ad­vice, are search­ing for a great wed­ding pho­tog­ra­pher or want to or­gan­ise a flashy car to get your bridal party around, there is an up­com­ing event for you.

The Bund­aberg Wed­ding Spec­tac­u­lar, on from 9am–2pm at the Civic Cen­tre on Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 18, will fea­ture stalls upon stalls of lo­cal ser­vices, prod­ucts and more to help you or­gan­ise your spe­cial day.

Event or­gan­is­ers Lisa-Marie Gall­wey, from Once Upon a Party, and Cas­san­dra Egan, from El­e­gant Events, said the Spec­tac­u­lar would have a lit­tle bit of ev­ery­thing.

“There will be things like cake sam­ples, pho­tog­ra­phers, cel­e­brants, wed­ding dec­o­rat­ing and stylists, limos, mo­bile food and bar vans and more,” Ms Gall­wey said.

“It is a great op­por­tu­nity for you and your part­ner to come to­gether and get an idea of what they like and don't like.”

And if the ease of hav­ing ev­ery­thing un­der the one roof wasn’t in­cen­tive enough, Ms Gall­wey said there was also a com­pe­ti­tion run­ning for one lucky cou­ple to win a $15,000 wed­ding.

“We are giv­ing away a wed­ding in part­ner­ship with SeaFM and the de­tails are up now on their web­site,” she said.

Ms Gall­wey, who has run the Wed­ding Spec­tac­u­lar for two years at the Civic Cen­tre, said it would be the end of an era when the iconic func­tion room closes to pub­lic events for good.

The Civic Cen­tre has hosted count­less wed­dings, par­ties, grad­u­a­tions and other events since it opened in 1962.

Bund­aberg Re­gional Coun­cil planned to close the Civic Cen­tre to func­tions this year upon the com­ple­tion of the Bund­aberg Mul­ti­plex, mov­ing all func­tion book­ings over to the new site at 1 Civic Av­enue.

Coun­cil­lors are yet to de­ter­mine the fu­ture use of the Civic Cen­tre.

“Our Wed­ding Spec­tac­u­lar is ac­tu­ally one of the last events to be held at the Civic Cen­tre this year,” Ms Gall­wey said.

“It is so sad.

“It has so much nos­tal­gia and his­tory and is in such a beau­ti­ful position, right in the cen­tre of town.

“It feeds the main street busi­nesses as well as it draws a crowd to the CBD when­ever there is a func­tion.”

A coun­cil spokesper­son said the com­ple­tion of stage two of the Mul­ti­plex meant res­i­dents would have ac­cess to a new state-of-the-art, pur­pose­built func­tion cen­tre.

“The in­tent for this fa­cil­ity has al­ways been that it would be­come the premier hire lo­ca­tion for func­tions in the Bund­aberg area,” the spokesper­son said.

“In or­der to max­imise this in­vest­ment, book­ings that would pre­vi­ously have been placed at the Civic Cen­tre are be­ing tran­si­tioned to the new $32 mil­lion multi-use sports and com­mu­nity cen­tre.”

The spokesper­son said staff had made ev­ery ef­fort to con­tact groups and in­di­vid­u­als af­fected by the change. For in­for­ma­tion, phone 1300 883 699.


HERE COME THE BRIDES: The Civic Cen­tre will be a hus­tle and bus­tle for the last time at the an­nual Wed­ding Spec­tac­u­lar next month.

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