Getting the party started at Bride: The Wedding Show at Tatton Park
02 Feb 2020
Show-stopping performers wowed engaged couples at Bride: The Wedding Show at Tatton Park from February 1-2, with a guest appearance from The Real Housewives of Cheshire star Darby Ward
Photography: Megan Goodwin
Returning for its 18th year, Bride: The Wedding Show at Tatton Park opened its doors to North West brides, grooms, and guests for a spectacular weekend of planning and inspiration ahead of their big day.
In association with Cheshire Life, the event showcased around 150 of the region’s sought-after suppliers.
Visitors were greeted by a soulful performance from Gospel Choir 4 Weddings with songs by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, McFadden and Whitehead and The Beatles.
Inside, wedding dresses, venues, cakes, groomswear, entertainment, beauty, florists, photographers and a mini wedding-themed crazy golf course from Crazy9 was all set to live music.
VIP guest Darby Ward, as seen on ITVBe's The Real Housewives of Cheshire, attended the show with her fiancé, Michael Jackson. Darby, daughter of Real Housewives of Cheshire star Dawn Ward and ex-premiership footballer Ashley, said: “I’ve been blown away by the amazing exhibitors today. So much effort has clearly gone in to putting on the whole event. The suppliers are so knowledgeable and helpful with their advice, and the catwalk show was just incredible.
“I thought I knew what I wanted, but I’ve been absolutely spoiled today – there’s such a wealth of talented wedding suppliers here in Cheshire and in the North West. We’ve been treated to a live gospel choir, tried our hand at crazy golf and I’ve got very excited about the dresses I’ve seen from J&J Designs. We feel really excited about our wedding plans now and so glad we came along."
Manager of J&J Designs, Amy Holmes, said: “This show is one that we all look forward to attending. This is our fourth time at Tatton and I believe it’s important to grow and evolve with each show. This year we showcased a variety of gowns on the catwalk, from the quirky to the classic. Not only do we see brides, but also couples renewing vows or hosting a second celebration so we like to make sure we have something for everyone.
“Being on the catwalk has definitely drawn more people to our stand, with many enquiring about the dresses showcased during the fashion show.
“Darby Ward visited our stand and was drawn to our dresses with the detachable trains – a day-to-night trend, which is very popular.
“My main advice for brides looking for their dream dress would be to keep in mind the timeframe. Many designers take between four and six months to create a dress, so keep this period in mind between your appointment and your wedding day.”
Returning exhibitor Clara Lou Photography said: “This weekend has been fantastic. This is our fourth time at Tatton and we have taken more bookings this weekend than ever before. All the couples have been really engaging and serious.
"My style of photography is bright, colourful and current, and I always enjoy photographing pre-wedding shoots with my couples so I can understand their style and they can feel more comfortable around me when it comes to their big day.
"When picking a wedding photographer, not only should you like their work, but you should gel with them and become friends – as you’ll be with your photographer probably more than your partner on the day.”
The return of the sensational choreographed catwalk show captivated guests with collections from J&J Designs, Slater Menswear, 7th Heaven Bridal, Peter Posh, Pretty White Dress, Maria Morris Couture, Maria Modes, Cheshire Menswear, Groom and Along Came Eve. Between shows, guests enjoyed fizz, beer and cocktails at the champagne bar set up by The Estate Boys.
After the catwalk, DJ and instrumental company Six15 Events kept the party going with Ibiza classics mixed with saxophone and drums – with Gospel Choir 4 Weddings joining in to hype up the crowd, who were all dancing.
Bride-to-be Jennifer Gamble, who got engaged three weeks ago, said: “I’ve been to a few other wedding shows this month but this one is absolutely amazing. I initially came here to watch Six15 perform and I definitely want them at my wedding. There’s such a brilliant variety of venues and dresses here and the catwalk is really good from start to finish, it's absolutely worth coming along to.”
Bride-to-be Charlotte Carruthers was joined by fiancé Mark Teice. “We got engaged at the end of December and we came along for wedding inspiration,” said Charlotte. “We’ve really enjoyed the show and have come away with loads of ideas, particularly with suits and wedding décor.”
For 2020, the show partnered up with Gift of a Wedding, a charity founded by wedding planner Patricia Harrison, which helps couples living with a terminal illness achieve the wedding of their dreams.
Since launching in 2012, Patricia has made the charity her main mission and, together with her team of dedicated volunteers and wedding suppliers donating their services free of charge, has gifted more than 200 weddings to date.
Patricia said: “Setting up Gift of a Wedding has been the most fulfilling and challenging thing I have ever had the pleasure to do, but the charity would not be able to do its wonderful work without the support of its fantastic team of volunteers and the thousands of UK wedding professionals who gift their time and skills each year to make sure we keep our promise to fulfil wedding dreams and create unforgettable memories.
“It is an honour and a pleasure to create this unbelievably special charity for some extremely deserving people and we are delighted to partner with Bride: The Wedding Show 2020 at Tatton.”
Debbie Macleod, Bride The Wedding Show event director, commented: “We are thrilled to host Bride’s 18th wedding show at Tatton Park and we are so proud to launch our partnership with the incredible charity, Gift of a Wedding.
“The show was a magical experience and showcased the very best wedding suppliers in the region, who work hard in putting on the awe-inspiring event.”