Bride: The Wedding Show At Westpoint Arena Saw It's Busiest Year Ever
13 Oct 2015
Bride: The Wedding Show at Westpoint Arena in Exeter was a show-stopper this year, seeing a record number of brides planning their perfect wedding day in the South West.
“Phenomenal” was the word used by many to describe this year’s Bride: The Wedding Show at Westpoint Arena in Exeter (Oct 10-11 2015).
“The show was phenomenal – heaving with quality visitors who want to book,” said Becky Cuming from Crafty Cakes. “I think it’s because everything is under one roof – it’s well organised, well laid out and easy parking. We only do one show a year – this one – because we found that when we went to the smaller ones they’d say, ‘Oh we saw you at Westpoint’…”
Sarah Buckmaster from English Rose Wedding Stationery also called the show phenomenal. She said: “I took two bookings yesterday, that is usual for Westpoint but not at any other show. People know there’s a good choice here of good suppliers and they are ready to book.”
The two day show saw around 4,000 brides, grooms and their families embarking on their wedding planning – some at the beginning stages, others looking for those finishing touches.
The highlight for many was the catwalk show – running three times daily, the first two shows each day were standing room only with even the models commenting to the bridal boutiques dressing them, how busy it was. Taunton designer Sassi Holford opened the show in elegant style, before the cheeky grooms entertained the crowd in kilts from Young’s Hire. The girls went on to showcase beautiful gowns from The Ivory Secret, Serenity, Te Amo Brides and Kate Walker as well as ocassionwear from John Lewis and bridesmaids’ dresses from Jane’s of Torquay, while each time the boys returned to the stage, modelling groomswear from Moss Bros and Jonathan Hawkes, they received huge rounds of applause. One groom, dragged along to watch the show, left saying how good he thought it had been, proving it is popular with brides and grooms alike.
Kate Walker, from Kate Walker Bridal said: “I don’t do any other bridal fairs – here I see everyone in one swoop and get to show my dresses on a professional catwalk. When I have brides in from Westpoint I always ask them if they found the show useful and the one thing comes back every time is that the entry fee is worth it for the catwalk alone.”
As well as the catwalk entertainers performed to the crowds – Ollie Stephens, The Devon Wedding Singer, The Swing Kings, Bird in a Tree and Top Brass were amongst the musicians on stage, while magician Dan Brazier had a few tricks up his sleeve for guests and harpist Susan Sherratt provided some beautiful background music.
The new vintage area also proved a hit with brides-to-be. The area, designed to inspire brides for their own vintage day included dresses from The Kirton Clothing Company, wedding stylist Hannah Taylor, Enchanting Stationery and Vintage Camper Booths.
Bride-to-be Kelly Stone from Weston super Mare said: “The show is really good, with lots of things to think about. I’m at the beginning of wedding planning – we’re getting married in April 2017. The first people we saw were The Swing Kings – I need to book them. I also like the love letters and the photobooths – I just need to decide which one.”
Samantha Harris from Exeter, is getting married in 2017. Laden down with a Bride goody bag (only the first 100 brides each day get one of these) as well as those from numerous suppliers she said: “It’s been quite an eye-opener – I’ve only been engaged a couple of months, now I’ve got a few ideas. I’ve been here since the show opened and I feel like I haven’t seen everything yet. Obviously I’m looking for dresses, but also venues – but there’s also so many different ideas I didn’t know existed. My brother has also proposed to his girlfriend, so we’re all here shopping together.”
Viv Townsend from Love Day Photography, summed the show up: “It’s a great show – always busy with lots of great leads and bookings taken. Bride: The Wedding Show at Westpoint has definitely made it’s name as the number one show to be seen at.”