Malta’s first LGBT wed­ding fair brought to­gether in­ter­na­tional me­dia and over 40 ex­hibitors

The Malta Business Weekly - - COMPANY NEWS -

The Stylish Civil Unions and Hon­ey­moons Fair was a first for Malta, al­low­ing over 40 ex­hibitors and the many vis­i­tors to fo­cus on a new part of the lo­cal wed­ding mar­ket. Glo­ri­ous weather con­trib­uted to a solid turnout over the two days, in­clud­ing lead­ing in­ter­na­tional spe­cial­ist me­dia from Gay Times, QX Mag­a­zine, The Gay UK, Boyz, Gay Star News and Bon Voy­age, among oth­ers.

Join­ing into this land­mark event were some of the best pro­fes­sion­als in the wed­ding mar­ket such as gown and suits spe­cial­ists, plan­ners, cater­ers, florists, cake com­pa­nies, jewellers, venues, in­vi­ta­tions, pho­tog­ra­phers, en­ter­tain­ers, financial and le­gal con­sul­tants, trans­port, hon­ey­moon des­ti­na­tions and other pro­fes­sional wed­ding ser­vices.

Ed­ward Bonello's Molec­u­lar Fu­sion stand was packed with vis­i­tors en­joy­ing a wide range of ex­cit­ing molec­u­lar cock­tails. Molec­u­lar Gas­tron­omy is a sub-dis­ci­pline of food sci­ence that seeks to in­ves­ti­gate the phys­i­cal and chem­i­cal trans­for­ma­tions of in­gre­di­ents that oc­cur in the prepa­ra­tion of food and drink. Sur­rounded by cus­tomers, clam­our­ing for one of the amaz­ing cock­tails, with glasses emit­ting ghostly vapours, Ed­ward says: “I keep it or­ganic, fresh, au­then­tic and unique, we can more or less give peo­ple any­thing that they want.”

An­other in­ter­est­ing stand at­tract­ing a lot of at­ten­tion was De­siree De­sign Works, sport­ing an ar­ray of hand-painted shoes and an amaz­ing pair of rain­bow stilet­tos adorned with colour­ful but­tons, and a sec­ond pair with lat­ticed gold heels. De­siree is a bun­dle of en­ergy and clearly has a deep pas­sion for art and de­sign, as well as an un­bri­dled love for unique shoes, fash­ion and all things beau­ti­ful.

De­siree says: "My aim is to cre­ate shoes which are unique from any­thing mass-pro­duced and sold in large quan­ti­ties. On the con­trary, each shoe is treated as a new art can­vas painstak­ingly hand-painted with a con­cept in mind, while tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion the shape of the shoe and the style of the owner. I sign my name onto ev­ery pair so they have to be ab­so­lutely per­fect."

Harpist Es­mer­alda Galea Camil­leri said: "Mu­sic is one of the in­tan­gi­bles at a wed­ding which can re­ally add so much to the ex­pe­ri­ence and mem­o­ries of the cou­ples and guests alike. I ap­pre­ci­ate that be­ing a first, Stylish can only build on from now on. I could eas­ily see how much time and ef­fort Chrys­telle and the rest of Ho­tel Phoeni­cia's team put into this event, so it didn't go un­no­ticed on my part. I was de­lighted to be able to show­case my harp, so thank you for that."

Stylish has at­tracted ex­ten­sive cov­er­age in Ire­land, Italy, Ger­many, France and the UK, and it was ev­i­dent walk­ing around the fair that there were as many ex­pats and in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors as well as lo­cals, in­clud­ing many cou­ples who were en­joy­ing the at­mos­phere and think­ing about what to add to their big day. David and Colin, from Malta said: "Style and panache are im­por­tant, es­pe­cially on the big­gest day of your life. The stands are great, peo­ple have given us a lot of ad­vice and we’ve got so much to think about. We're very ex­cited."

An­other cou­ple in­trigued by Stylish were Tracy and Annabel who said: "You can touch the gowns, taste the wed­ding cakes by Joanne of Sweet De­sires which are sim­ply amaz­ing, smell the flow­ers and taste cre­ative food and drinks. It's been fan­tas­tic go­ing around and meet­ing so many friendly and knowl­edge­able peo­ple."

Chrys­telle Dou­blesin, Ho­tel Phoeni­cia’s Wed­dings Ex­ec­u­tive, said, "We wanted to give cou­ples an amaz­ing week­end at Stylish full of ideas and in­spi­ra­tion for their big day. We had an amaz­ing time plan­ning this spe­cial event know­ing the im­por­tance of find­ing the right pro­fes­sion­als to be part of the plan­ning process for a day to re­mem­ber. As well as to show­case some of the top sup­pli­ers this industry has to of­fer in Malta. I am de­lighted that we have man­aged to pull it off, a big thanks to all the ex­hibitors for tak­ing part in this in­au­gu­ral event."

Rob Bruno, di­rec­tor of Sales and Mar­ket­ing at Ho­tel Phoeni­cia, said: "This is an idea whose time has come and Stylish Civil Unions and Hon­ey­moons Fair has been an in­valu­able re­source in mak­ing that spe­cial day a mem­o­rable cel­e­bra­tion for a life­time. Stylish Civil Unions and Hon­ey­moons Fair has show­cased some of the top pro­fes­sion­als this cre­ative industry has to of­fer in a safe and wel­com­ing place for cou­ples to meet ven­dors who are com­mit­ted to mar­riage equal­ity and ex­cited to serve the LGBT com­mu­nity. The in­ter­na­tional re­sponse to the fair has been very pos­i­tive and we are thrilled that so many jour­nal­ists from over­seas at­tended. We are de­lighted Ho­tel Phoeni­cia has been the venue for Malta's first LGBT wed­ding fair."

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