BRIDAL FAIR: Keeping it simple, just like the good old days

LACE dresses, wild flowers and a country setting seem to be the makings of a fairytale wedding.

The annual Albury-Wodonga Border Mail Bridal Fair at the Albury Entertainment Centre yesterday attracted brides of all sorts, but especially those who were looking for their big day to be vintage-themed.

Katie Massari, of Rutherglen Wedding Company, said brides were creating their own decorations and, with many couples on a budget, relaxed backyard weddings were on the rise.

“Vintage can be done on the cheap because you can use glass jam jars and decorate with lace and twine,” she said.

“People are enjoying doing that sort of thing and brides are getting more crafty.”

Brides Chevy Dryden and Cody Shaw will both have vintage weddings next year.

“I like the laid-back feel,” Ms Shaw said.

About 750 people attended the fair which had more than 60 exhibits.

“It gave you everything you needed, from the tiny little bits for your ceremony to the reception,” Ms Dryden said. “It showed how much there is in Albury-Wodonga for people planning a wedding.”