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‘Wedding Central’ opens in Stawell

Local business women Kim Harvey and Beth Gibson have joined business forces to create a unique, one-stop-shop in Stawell for local and visiting couples planning weddings in the Grampians Pyrenees.

Kim, owner of Allure Wedding and Event Hire and Beth, who operates the online Grampians Wedding Directory have opened a one-of-a-kind shared space in Stawell’s Post Office Arcade.

The two women, who met through a local mother’s group, have supported each other in developing their respective businesses during the past several years.  Both have a passion for weddings in the Grampians Pyrenees and showcasing Western Victoria’s leading wedding suppliers and services.

The large complex features an enchanting showroom by Allure, complete with an impressive sample range of decorative hire equipment – including highly popular vintage accessories – plus staples like chairs, tables and crockery.

“Couples are coming from all across the region to visit the showroom and talk through their decorative ideas with our stylists,” Kim said. “We’re also developing a retail range to include wedding accessories, and other cute and funky party accessories.”

Grampians Wedding Directory (, which was launched last year, has a growing membership of local businesses, and now has its own ‘headquarters’ in Stawell.

“The website is the first-ever portal for everything to do with weddings in the region,” she said. “It’s special because the information is tailored to our local destination wedding experience. Even more exciting is the fact that we’re getting non-wedding related businesses to think about what they have to offer.”

Beth said Grampians Wedding Directory HQ offered a space for participating businesses to display their marketing materials, photography and other creative work to the public, as well as provide neutral territory where they could network or meet with bridal couples.

“We wanted to create a space that was beautiful, inspiring, uplifting and welcoming to the public, and a home base for the wedding industry, to ensure it continues to connect and work well together,” she said.

Beth added that the arcade space was also home to her marketing and media company Punch PR and a growing ‘mini market’ of exclusive locally made, eco-friendly and fair trade delights.

Media inquiries: Beth Gibson, Punch PR, 0408 505 880.