The North East Wedding Show, held at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Area, opened its doors on January 24 for a weekend long event, and we were lucky enough to attend and get involved with the wedding fun.
The show provided brides and grooms-to-be, in the North East with direct access to more than 100 of the region’s best. Products and services including beautiful bridal and bridesmaid dresses, venues, catering, shoes, suits and a whole lot more were on show at the event. Exhibitors at this year’s event included: House of Mooshki wedding wear, Jesmond Dene House, Kelly Anns Cakes, Campbell Wedding Cars and the Funky Flower Company. A mass crowd had flocked outside before the event opened at 10am – perhaps this had to do with the free goody bags.
We managed to speak to Vera, owner of The Little Elephant Cake Company, about what she thought will be the biggest wedding cake trends for 2015. She said: “We specialise in cakes that are a bit more glam, rather than the traditional, plain white cakes. Gold and silver are definitely going to be the big trend for 2015. You can even get edible sequins!”
Opening the unmissable catwalk show was Miss Newcastle GB Nicole Bailey, who wore a stunning floor-length Allure Bridal gown. The latest trends in bridal wear, grooms wear and mother of the bride attire were also shown as the crowd looked on in awe.
The more extravagant the better seemed to be the key trend for 2015. Models donned all white gowns covered in embellishments, sparkles and flowers. The grooms were kept a little more simple, with clean cut suits, completed with pocket squares and shiny shoes. The men’s suits also varied in colour, a personal favourite was a dark blue fitted suited – not a conventional wedding day suit colour, but definitely a colour to watch.
The Aaron Bayley band performed between each show as well as the UK’s No.1 bridal coach Michele Paradise, who took centre stage with her popular pre-wedding workshops. Michele shared invaluable advice on how to achieve the perfect pose for photographs, how to choose the best dress for your body shape and she also helped brides-to-be master the tricky art of walking in high heels.
Venue stalls were dominant at the show, with representation from venues such as Seaham Hall, Middleton Hall, Thistle Newcastle County Hotel and Newcastle United Football Club.
Bride-to-be, Kate Scott from Hebburn, told us how she found the day. She said: “It’s been great. My fiancé actually bought my mam and me the tickets for Christmas and I’m so glad we came along. I’ve even spotted a dress that could be the one.”