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Luke Williams Designs & Events, Chandeliers To Die For and Danielle Cleary with Melissa D’Cruz Floral team. Photo: Images Instantly

Promising inspiration for any occasion, the CBR Fair is ready to flourish on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 February in an immersive, free entry, weekend event at Thoroughbred Park.

Designed to help guests create their perfect occasion, the Canberra community will be invited to experience and explore four zones: weddings, events, travel, and lifestyle.

Danielle Cleary, owner and director of Danielle Cleary Events (DCE), said guests will be immersed in business exhibits, wedding industry suppliers, market tables, live music, food trucks and designer fashion runway parades.

“We’re bringing all of those four zones together … it’s definitely a beautiful journey of a little bit of everything, the best Canberra has to offer.

“Our official beauty partner is Napoleon Perdis which is really exciting,” she said.

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Danielle Cleary (left) with Kath Wynn, Head Stylist of Marley May Event Styling, and DCE Model Host Mikayla Thomas. Photo: Jason Robins Photography

Previously known as the Canberra Wedding Fair, CBR Fair has expanded to present a collaboration of new ideas and concepts.

According to Ms Cleary, expanding the Fair was always her plan.

“I just thought it needed to be so much more interactive and interesting … whatever the occasion, we have your inspiration,” she said.

Drawing on the Fair’s experienced premier partners of designers, stylists, creatives and promoters, CBR Fair will be an exclusive showcase of brands. CBR Fair also invited new businesses, emerging talent and businesses offering new products or services to showcase in the inaugural Take Flight Market.

“We want to be on that journey with them as they grow. I am only a small business myself so I understand … they see the excitement of what I am trying to achieve and how they can be a part of that. Together that can be infectious,” said Ms Cleary.

“A lot of people are watching to wait to see what we’re achieving and then I think the growth will be exponential. We can keep inviting people back every single time because there will be new businesses or new offerings available for the Fair.”

Some of the highlights of the two-day experience include The Foodie Fair co-hosted with Experience Eats, live music by the Rich Pitcher Band, giant games, interactive workshops and more.

Experience Eats owner and Fair co-host, Russell Evans, said an extensive COVID-safe plan has been developed by working closely with ACT Policing, Events ACT and ACT Health, and thanks to the expansive space available at the venue, Thoroughbred Park. 

“We are excited to engage with the community at the Fair,” he said.

“It has been a lot of hard work,” Ms Cleary agreed.

“The Fair has that ability to be something quite special for the Canberra community and the surrounding region. By moving to a two-day event, we want to encourage people to visit Canberra.

“We definitely want to encourage regional travel, to support our hotel and catering industry, and for people to enjoy the facets of the weekend celebration at the Fair.”

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Visit Danzon’s new dance studio

Danzon Dance Studio has moved to a brand-new location! Now located on the top floor of 96 Barrier Street, Fyshwick (opposite Harvey Norman), the new studio has three times the space. With bigger dance floors to enjoy private lessons, group lessons and social evenings, you can learn fun social dancing, with a class for everyone. Using the space available, the instructors will teach you how to lead or follow a partner in any dance style, situation, to any music while staying considerate to the other dancers around you. Danzon Dance Studio also specialises in wedding lessons, Zumba fitness, Pilates and more! Get in touch today to chat about what to expect and to learn more about social dancing.

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Prepare for your big day with MJ Bale

MJ Bale knows how to dress Australian men. From weddings on the beach to client meetings in the boardroom, you can be rest assured you’ll be looking your best, no matter the event.

Known for their style and high quality, MJ Bale has got you covered across the whole gamut of suiting needs, and the in-store teams specialise in helping grooms and their groomsmen get kitted out for their big day.

MJ Bale wants to make sure grooms-to-be look their best, with personalised in-store service from style tips to fittings. The team will make sure your appointment is a collaborative, enjoyable experience in the lead up to your special day – you can even enjoy a drink or two with your boys while you find your wedding outfit, and groom’s parties of three or more will be offered 25% off.


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Prepare your skin with Simply Purity

Prepare your skin for your big day with the team from Simply Purity, who offer a range of services including dermaplaning, nails, waxing, LED therapy, and skin and pamper packages from their boutique salon in Bungendore (rebranded a couple of months ago).

Find them at this year’s Canberra Fair, where they will be demonstrating dermaplaning treatments and chatting to brides-to-be about preparing their skin for the big day.

There will be goodie bags given away with products to try, as well as a discount on offer if you book a spa pamper package on the day.

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Wesson is thrilled to again partner with Canberra Fair for their premier wedding, event, travel and lifestyle event, where curated designer gowns from Wesson will grace the fashion runways as models showcase inspiration for any occasion!

Wesson is also set to host its Style by Wesson event at the Park Hyatt Canberra on Sunday 30 May. This event features an afternoon of high tea, entertainment and a high fashion runway to raise funds for Canberra-based charity, Karinya House. Tickets: $89.

On Monday 31 May, clients can book in to view European Spring Summer 2021 male and female collections from Karl Lagerfeld , Max Mara and more. Private bookings: $29 per person.

Bookings via Eventbrite.


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