All you need for big day in one place
Brides-to-be will be excited to learn that Your Wedding Exhibition (YWE) will return to the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) this weekend, bringing with it an array of fantastic businesses that could make your wedding the celebration you always hoped for.
The north-east’s biggest wedding exhibition will take place from 10am to 5pm on Saturday January 19 and Sunday January 20, and promises to be a one-stop-shop for brides and grooms.
Simon M Morgan, one of four directors who organise YWE, is looking forward to welcoming thousands.
He said: “The exhibition itself really can be that one place for people who have just started on the journey of planning their wedding.
“They will find such a diverse variety of exhibitors, including the ones you’d expect to see like the dressmakers, dress shops and florists, and then there’s the more unusual ones like dog groomers and dog handlers.”
Having welcomed more than 3,000 individuals across the weekend last year, Simon and the other directors of the event expect similar numbers this year.
He said: “It’s a key date for a number of brides, especially those who are newly engaged and in the initial steps of organising their wedding.
“We have just over 3,000 people coming through the doors and everyone is looking for an eclectic mix of vendors. People from all over come to the show.
“They’ve either got a wedding in the north-east or are from the area, so they’re using the opportunity to meet suppliers face-to-face before finalising plans.”
Around 200 exhibitors will be on hand to present their services. These range from local independent businesses to international companies.
“Diversity really is the key ingredient for this event,” said Simon.
“The wedding industry is populated with cottage industry businesses and larger multinationals who work sideby-side to make local wedding dreams come true.
“This year we have a few exhibitors using horse boxes, which is quite unusual, so there’s lots of exciting new creative businesses.
“There are cake-makers, caterers, venues, photographers, car-hire businesses, beauty businesses and much more.”
Guests will also get the chance to see a variety of bridal gowns, grooms’ menswear and mother-of-the-bride outfits grace the fashion show catwalk, which takes place twice daily.
He said: “The fashion show will run at noon and 3pm both days. There will be a wide range of outfits from around 11 different exhibitors, too, so it’s a great chance to see the items.
“There are 12 rounds including the finale and a mother-of-the-bride round, too.
“The fashion show will last around 35 to 40 minutes and the compere will make sure those watching will know exactly where everything is from.”
With food and drink available throughout the day, guests will be spoiled for choice.
“There’s also a prosecco bar, which is the perfect place to grab a drink before the fashion show,” said Simon.
“YWE is a unique opportunity to see a huge volume of diverse exhibitors who want to help make your day exceptional.
“There’s also the opportunity to win £500 towards the cost of your wedding by simply registering and entering on arrival.”
As an added bonus, YWE has covered the cost of parking at the AECC, meaning there are no charges.
Tickets cost £12.50 per person, with a group of four costing £45. Under-16s go free. They can be bought online at www.yourweddingexhibition.com or on the door. Every guest will receive a complimentary show guide.