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WHEN plan­ning a wed­ding, some brides can be­come over­whelmed at choos­ing all those lit­tle things that make up the big day.

But that’s where Re­becca van Til can help. She re­cently opened her own busi­ness, En­chanted Wed­dings and Events Hire, in the Ip­swich CBD.

Her show­room fea­tures canopies, back­drops, pews, ta­bles, chairs, props and cen­tre­pieces that loved-up cou­ples can hire for their cer­e­mony and re­cep­tion.

“Many peo­ple come in and they don’t know where to start, so what we show them is ideas and op­tions,” Mrs van Til said.

“They might show me their favourite colour and I can show them things that will go with that.

“Ev­ery­thing in the store is for hire. And I can set that up for them, be­cause the last thing some peo­ple want to do is to set ev­ery­thing up. We will also pack it all down again.

“There are also peo­ple who like to DIY, and that’s OK too.”

Mov­ing into the wed­ding in­dus­try was a big change for the Lowood mum, who for­merly worked in Bris­bane as a book­keeper.

“I was get­ting up at 4.30am in the morn­ing and trav­el­ling into Bris­bane,” she said.

“The job really stressed me out.

“I en­joy help­ing peo­ple, they are all really happy be­cause


they are cel­e­brat­ing some­thing spe­cial.”

Re­cent en­gage­ments and up­com­ing mar­riages in her own fam­ily also prompted her ca­reer change.

“We have five kids, with one daugh­ter plan­ning a wed­ding for 250 peo­ple, and it got me think­ing about how much I en­joyed plan­ning,” Mrs van Til said.

She likes to stay up to date with trends by us­ing lo­cal sup­pli­ers and sourc­ing ideas on­line.

“I do work in with lo­cal peo­ple. Any­thing I source for the busi­ness, I al­ways try lo­cal first,” she said.

“I feel it is im­por­tant to work to­gether and sup­port each other.

“I am also con­stantly re­search­ing trends on the in­ter­net. I like to save a lot of things from Pin­ter­est, and my friends send through things they like as well.”

If you are look­ing at tak­ing the next step in your re­la­tion­ship, Mrs van Til can also help with styling your pro­posal.

“I haven’t done a pro­posal yet, but I am ex­cited to,” she said.

“It’s lovely help­ing peo­ple plan one of their most mem­o­rable days of their life.

“When The Queens­land Times ran the wed­ding spread re­cently, it was lovely to see so many brides I recog­nised and know­ing I had done some of those wed­dings.”

Mrs van Til is also avail­able for cor­po­rate events, school for­mals and chil­dren’s par­ties.

“We re­cently did all the bal­loons for the Lowood School for­mal,” she said.”

En­chanted Wed­dings and Events Hire is lo­cated at Shop 5 and 6, 78 Bris­bane St, Ip­swich, by ap­point­ment only.

For help sur­pris­ing the love of your life, or in­spi­ra­tion to style your wed­ding cer­e­mony and re­cep­tion, phone Mrs van Til on 0481 268 884 or log on to www.en­chant­ed­wed­

Photo: Cordell Richard­son

WED­DING BELLS: Re­becca van Til re­cently opened En­chanted Wed­dings and Events.

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