Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

A Walk Down the Aisle Is Back in Style; Local Couples Are Getting Hitched as Getting Married Comes Back into Favour

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

A Walk Down the Aisle Is Back in Style; Local Couples Are Getting Hitched as Getting Married Comes Back into Favour

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Byline: Melissa Gulbin news@northernstar.com.au

MORE Northern Rivers couples are saying 'Why not?' to tying the knot, triggering the biggest surge in weddings for 20 years.

Speaking after the release yesterday of Australian Bureau of Statistics figures showing a 2.1 per cent increase in marriages during 2008, Lismore Bridal owner Michael Gates said his business was booming.

But the modern bride, he said, was 'doing it all backwards.'

"Before you used to get married, buy the house, and then have the kids. These days it's reversed - kids, house, marriage," Gates said.

Bride-to-be Karlie Dicker, who will marry her partner of six years, Ricky Forrest, on Saturday in a South Lismore Catholic church, is a case in point.

The couple had their first child when Ms Dicker was 16 and have since had another son, bought a house and a dog. Marriage is the 'next step', Ms Dicker said.

Marriage, according to Ms Dicker, is a 'celebration of our love and what we've been through together'. …

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