Centre has culture covered

IF YOU are a bride-to-be or newly engaged, the Holroyd Centre Bridal Expo can provide culturally diverse ideas.

First-time exhibitor VIP Decorating, for example, specialises in mandaps and Bollywood props.

"A mandap is like a wedding temple, an altar for the bride and groom to sit in and get married," proprietor Irene Prasad said.

"If somebody wants an Indian wedding, it's a must."

VIP also sell Khajrao pillars with goddesses, Ganesh statues, doli and Cinderella palki, and Maharaja chairs.

The Holroyd Centre is a popular wedding destination for Indian, as well as Sri Lankan, Italian, Cook Islands, Fijian and Maltese, couples, a spokesman said.

"It looks great: trees with fairy lights leading into the glass arch entranceway up the marble stairs into the well-appointed hall," said Germain Prabaharan, who is from Sri Lanka.

He got married to Cleo (nee Delfin) on April 14 in a Christian ceremony at All Saints Catholic Church in North Parramatta, followed by a Baha'i ceremony in the foyer of the Holroyd Centre.

"In order for the Baha'i ceremony to take place, both parties need to have consent from their parents," Mr Prabaharan said.

"The purpose of this law is to strengthen the ties of unity in both family and society generally and to create a sense of gratitude and respect in the hearts of the children towards their parents."

The Holroyd Centre Bridal Expo will include bride and bridesmaid gowns, jewellery, celebrants, florists, car hire, hair and beauty professionals, health and fitness trainers, a cake artisan, photographer and DJ.

There will also be giveaways and demonstrations.

Entry is free.

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