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Global Wedding Extravaganza

30 January 2006

Global Wedding Extravaganza- A Show with a Difference

As grand finale to Christchurch Garden City Festival of Flowers and Romance,
for the first time, Christchurch will proudly host "Global Wedding Extravaganza 2006" at Victoria Square, Christchurch on Sunday 19 February from 10.00am, with live demonstrations including music, dance, makeup, hair ,henna and body painting.

At 3.00pm, be dazzled as Global Wedding Extravaganza promises to showcase traditional and customary attire from weddings from different countries!

There are some pleasant surprises including a Chinese sedan-chair, a redwood handcrafted masterpiece. There are only two sedan chairs in the Southern Hemisphere and only a handful in the world! Sedan chairs are equivalent to arriving in style at a chapel in a stretched limousine.

Global Wedding Extravaganza is the brain-child of Sharon Lingham, 'bringing nations together' in Christchurch and to promote Garden City as 'the destination for weddings' ..and fundraising - this is Sharon's passion!

Over Christmas, in spite of Sharon being in hospital, the idea became a reality as Christchurch's diverse nationalities wanted to participate in this event unique event! Sharon got busy contacting some of the nationalities.

"I simply did not have time to form a committee or hold meetings-everything was done by phone and email"- said Sharon.

Her company, Crown Limousines NZ Ltd, is already involved in three wedding shows annually-also being on board of one; Sharon envisioned a unique event with the purpose to uniting people of Christchurch and also raising funds..

A lucky couple will have their entire wedding paid by top local wedding professionals, so stay tuned on More FM!

More FM's lucky couple-to be married on Avon River, on the day, will also be present at this spectacular showcasing. Butterflies will be released as an evocative and romantic addition to the wedding. Doves- symbol of love, joy, peace and hope will be released for new beginnings!
Funds raised at the event, will be used to further the Family Mentoring Programme-an initiative supported by the Salvation Army.

"The Salvation Army are grateful to have the opportunity of being associated with the "Global Weddings Extravaganza 2006",said Major Wayne F Jellyman DIVISIONAL COMMANDER.

Lingham would like to see this event held every year nationwide.

Sharon insists that Christchurch is a wedding great destination -whether you get married in a church or chapel, marae, temple, garden, hot air balloon, vineyard, on the beach, river or sea or the unconventional bungee ..., you can also be assured of great honeymoon destinations- all within an hour and a half drive away!

She also foresees a combination of two or more cultures for a wedding ceremony becoming more popular.

"Our society is changing - we could easily merge several cultures into one wedding for fun !
We could bring our own heritage or adopt the one we love! This is more exciting and more meaningful to the couple ".

Guests would have one-of-a-kind experience, if you were creative to bring multicultural celebration- of different ethnicities, religious and cultures.

Spruce up old traditions or create new ones to make it a party-of-a-lifetime! Ensure your guests are aware of this otherwise they might expect a real traditional wedding. Poor Aunt Hilda would have a heart seizure!

Sharon Lingham also a director of several companies, business mentor, ambassador of celebrities and also has award winning celebrity website- . She also belongs to Altrusa, Zonta and National Council of Women, supports a lot of charities and was the pioneer of Christchurch television breakfast show, introducing local and visiting celebrities.
Her company, Crown Limousines was the first New Zealand road transport business to receive Qualmark endorsement .

Global Wedding Extravaganza will be held at Victoria Square, Christchurch from 10.00am. ( If wet, the Salvation Army Citadel). At 3.00pm, Bride and Groom from different nationalities will showcase their traditional wedding attire.Admission is free.


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