POPULAR entertainer Dawn Gracie has defended her beliefs after a wedding show she is hosting was knocked by a Catholic priest.
The Chichester resident, who will be compering at Quaint, Queers or Weird wedding spectacular in Brighton this weekend, said the event was ‘just a bit of fun’.
But Father Ray Blake, a Catholic priest at St Mary Magdalen Church in Brighton, told a newspaper the fair risked ‘damaging’ the sanctity of marriage.
But Mrs Gracie said: “I’m all up for options and choice.
“The wedding fair celebrates marriage and I’m very proud to be a part of it.”
With the theme Bygone to Bondage, the wedding fair will showcase alternative and daring designers displaying unique and unusual wedding fashion, flowers and photography.
“In such a diverse world, specifically in a place like Brighton, anything goes,” said Mrs Gracie.
“There is room in the market for alternative weddings and this is just an opportunity to showcase things which aren’t normally playing a part in standard weddings.
“My job is an entertainer, and I will be introducing people in the show – it’s what I do.”.
Event organiser Lesley Taylor said her goal is ‘to get everyone to raise one eyebrow’.
“Father Ray Blake has his opinions – it is about choice and I feel the wedding fair does. People want to be individual.
“It is going to be a fun day out. Even my mother is coming.”
“Dawn is an amazing girl, she has got so many talents so we are really pleased to have her. She can really mix it up.”
The wedding spectacular will include a whole range of displays and shows, ranging from catwalk shows to the first latex wedding dress and crochet crafts.
Lesley stressed the event, which will take place at Proud Cabaret, St George’s Street, on Sunday, was not going to be ‘rude’ but said it would be fitting for the diverse nature of Brighton.
“We’re really looking forward to it,” she said.
For more information visit www.quaintqueerweird.com