Toowoomba takes cake in marriage stakes
WHEN it comes to the big day, whether that is first, second or third time around, weddings are big business, with Toowoomba one of the most popular locations in the state to get hitched.
For most couples attracted to the region, it comes down to location, location, location.
Each year thousands of people across the state pledge a lifelong commitment to each other in front of family, friends, colleagues and in some cases, depending on the location, complete strangers.
Queensland Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages figures reveal 1987 couples tied the knot at various locations across the Toowoomba region over the past three years.
The figures revealed 656 couples held weddings in the region last year - 35 more than the previous year but 54 fewer than the year before that.
The top five wedding locations in the region were Toowoomba, Highfields, Preston, Middle Ridge and Mount Tyson.
Toowoomba marriage celebrant Joan Kavanagh said the region had always been an extremely popular wedding location for couples who lived locally, interstate and overseas.
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She said Toowoomba's gardens were its biggest attraction for couples looking to get married.
"Locations such as the Japanese Gardens, Picnic Point, Laurel Bank Park and Newtown Park are extremely popular places to get married," she said.
"There are also plenty of beautiful locations in and around Toowoomba to get married as well.
"But Toowoomba is home to some of the most beautiful gardens, parks and natural environments in the country and that is what I think attracts couples to the region."
Ms Kavanagh said there was still a very big place for church-based services in Toowoomba, unlike other parts of the state which had seen a decrease in the number of people getting married in the traditional way.
But she said there had also been a big move towards casual and intimate ceremonies.
"A lot of people like a casual ceremony, but church-based services are still extremely popular in Toowoomba," she said.
"Each couple is different but at the end of the day whatever makes them happy is the most important thing.".
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- Toowoomba: 467
- Highfields: 53
- Preston: 43
- Middle Ridge: 21
- Mount Tyson: 18