Success at the show from Bride: The Wedding Show at Westpoint Exeter

23 Mar 2019

The 2019 spring edition of Bride: The Wedding Show at Westpoint Exeter has been hailed a success with lots of happy brides, grooms and exhibitors

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Hundreds of brides, grooms and their entourages attended Bride: The Wedding Show at Westpoint Exeter from March 23-24.

The March edition of the popular show, now in its third year, was full of ideas and inspiration for couples planning their weddings this year and beyond.

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Exhibitor Chris Lake from The Wedding Sidecar, a unique motorbike and sidecar hire business based in Paignton, Devon, summed up the atmosphere saying: “I really like this show. I think the timing of it, following a host of Christmas and Valentine’s Day proposals, means brides are excited to start their wedding planning and are searching for ideas.”

And what a place to start your wedding planning journey, with exhibitors ranging from venues to photographers, florists and venue dressers to cakemakers, beauticians, entertainers and of course, wedding wear for the guys and girls - there’s everything a couple would need to plan their perfect day.

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A packed programme of music on the band stage from Crown Entertainment kept visitors occupied while they enjoyed a break in the café. Acoustic artist Ellie Hapney opened the performances on the band stage followed by Lord of Soul – Christian Harling, The Swing Kings, Duncan Godefroy and Matilda Grace. Musician Tom Baker joined the line up in the afternoon. 

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In between the musical sets, another highlight was the spectacular catwalk show. The girls dazzled in beautiful bridal gowns by Pirouette, 14 & Sixpence and Browns of Totnes and the grooms shone in bespoke menswear by Zebel Bespoke. The rest of the bridal party were also well catered for with wedding outfits for guests from John Lewis & Partners and bridesmaids' gowns from Pirouette.

With high energy dancing and fabulous fashions the catwalk is a favourite for many. Bride-to-be Jenny Warren from Exeter, said: “The catwalk was amazing. I wasn’t expecting that. We enjoyed it so much we’ll be going back to see it again later. The grooms are just hilarious – they really make it, although I might have spotted a dress or two that I like too.”

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Cathy Keen from 14 & Sixpence in Taunton, who showcased a number of dresses on the catwalk agreed: “I love doing the catwalk,” she said, “this is the second time we’ve done it, it showcases the dresses beautifully and so professionally.” Cathy also hosted a ‘secret wedding sale’ during the show, with last season’s dresses reduced by up to 50 per cent and all under £500 - perfect for brides looking for a bargain. 

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Michelle Glover from Sonic Fireworks took a booking before 11am on Saturday 23rd March. Michelle said: “Taking a booking on the day is a rarity so I’m really pleased we got one so early during the weekend. The show is really good and always provides good leads."

Bride: The Wedding Show returns to Westpont Exeter from October 12-13. Michelle continues: "If you’re coming to the show, make sure you watch the catwalk, get lots of information and talk to as many people as possible.” Great advice.

Tickets to Bride: The Wedding Show at Westpoint Exeter cost £5 in advance from www.bridetheweddingshow.co.uk or £7.50 on the door.

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