Preparations are under way for an annual wedding spectacular which organisers hope will make more bridal dreams come true than ever before.

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Next year’s EDP Wedding Show will be held on February 23 and 24 at the Norfolk Showground in Costessey, giving couples the opportunity to meet an array of suppliers, eager to help create their special day.

The event has grown into the largest show of its kind in East Anglia with more than 150 exhibitors and 5,000 visitors last year.

Prospective brides and groom will be able to choose from all the traditional essentials – including cakes, cars, photographers, venues, entertainment and, of course, bridal wear.

The show features four fully-choreographed catwalk shows each day for companies wanting to display their wedding dresses, grooms’ wear and wedding party attire.

Show organiser Louisa Harris said: “The show is the biggest event of its kind in Norfolk, and it is getting bigger and better each year. “Last year we had in excess of 5,000 visitors over the two days, and as 2,700 people got married in Norfolk last year, we can say that pretty much every bride or groom-to-be attended that show.

“It has become a must in the diary for anyone considering getting married.

“For the exhibitors, they are putting themselves directly in front of these potential couples, so it is very targeted from their point of view.

“And for the visitors it is a fantastic day out. We have got a champagne bar and phenomenal fashion shows, choreographed by a company from Manchester. The catwalk shows will have different sections with different themes. Obviously, it is predominantly bridal wear, but it also incorporates bridesmaids, the mother of the bride, and wedding underwear.

“We make sure there is a real cross-section of exhibitors, so there is really everything you could want, whether it is venues, photographers, cake-makers, balloon hire or hen weekends. You can look at entertainers and musicians, everything from a disco to a string quartet.”

As well as all the traditional items, the show also caters for modern fads and fashions, including cup-cake towers and comedy photo booths.

Tickets will be available from the New Year at the EDP office on Rouen Road in Norwich.

Exhibition space is selling fast, but there is still some limited availability for trade stands. To book a stand, contact Louisa Harris at Archant Weddings on 01603 772190 or email louisa.harris@archant.co.uk.

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