All you need for big day in one place

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - WORLD NEWS -

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.your­wed­dingex­hi­bi­ or on the door. Ev­ery guest will re­ceive a com­pli­men­tary show guide.

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