In­dus­try rates high

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Inge Hansen inge.hansen@whit­sun­day­times.

WITH beau­ti­ful blue waters and stun­ning back­drops per­fect for the ul­ti­mate wed­ding al­bum, it’s no won­der so many brides and grooms choose the Whitsundays for their spe­cial day.

And re­cently it was made clear just how pop­u­lar the Whitsundays are, with eight lo­cal busi­ness op­er­a­tors named as fi­nal­ists in the lat­est Aus­tralian Bri­dal In­dus­try Academy (ABIA) Awards.

The Academy hosts five award cer­e­monies across the coun­try each year, with more than 30 cat­e­gories in­clud­ing best wed­ding venues, bri­dal make-up artists, wed­ding pho­tog­ra­phers and wed­ding plan­ners.

Win­ners and fi­nal­ists are de­cided by cou­ples who rate the qual­ity of prod­uct, qual­ity of ser­vice, at­ti­tude of staff and value for money.

This year, fi­nal­ists from the Whitsundays are: Whit­sun­day Baked Cre­ations, wed­ding cel­e­brant Donna For­nasiero, Day­dream Is­land Wed­dings, Botan­ica Wed­dings, The Event Com­pany Whitsundays, In the Booth, Beau­ti­ful Wed­dings Whitsundays and I Do Events Whitsundays.

Kim Dob­son from Beau­ti­ful Wed­dings Whit­sun­day said it was “very ex­cit­ing” to be named a fi­nal­ist.

“The fran­chise have won it a few times in the past (so) I think we’ll be up there,” she said.

“Hope­fully we’ll be the win­ner but every­one’s ta­lented at what they do.”

Tanya Watts from Botan­ica Wed­dings said hav­ing eight Whit­sun­day fi­nal­ists was “great for the in­dus­try”.

“Es­pe­cially dur­ing this time and what we’ve been through with Cy­clone Deb­bie,” she said.

“It’s great for us to be so es­tab­lished in the Aus­tralian wed­ding in­dus­try as a whole.”

To view the full list of fi­nal­ists, visit

The win­ners will be an­nounced on June 13 in Bris­bane.

■ Whit­sun­day Baked Cre­ations

■ Donna For­nasiero Cel­e­brant

■ Day­dream Is­land Wed­dings

■ Botan­ica Wed­dings

■ The Event Com­pany Whitsundays

■ In the Booth

■ Beau­ti­ful Wed­dings Whitsundays

■ I Do Events Whitsundays

SUC­CESS: Cel­e­brant Donna For­nasiero, Rhi­an­non Hunter and Julie Rolf of I Do Events Whit­sun­day, Ed­die and Claire Caru­ana of The Event Com­pany Whitsundays, Deb­bie Smith of Whit­sun­day Baked Cre­ations, Tanya Watts of Botan­ica Wed­dings and Kim Dob­son of Beau­ti­ful Wed­dings Whit­sun­day.

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