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Monday, February 24, 2014
Future brides and grooms flocked to the Norfolk Showground to enjoy the EDP Wedding Show.
The big day is fast approaching for Norwich couple Gavin Andrew and Anwen Ogg.
Wedding bells will chime on July 12 this year for the 26-year-olds, and they are now crossing the Ts and dotting the Is on their preparation.
Mr Andrew said they still need to organise suits and fine detail like decorations, so decided to visit the EDP Wedding Show.
“It doesn’t sound a lot, but it seems like a lot,” he joked. “This is our first wedding show and so far it seems good.”
Miss Ogg said: “It’s nice to come to get ideas.
“Even if you don’t follow exactly what they’re offering we can pick what we want.
““If we hadn’t done any planning so far it would be good too.
“People have been really helpful and it would be good for budgeting.”
The spectacular showcase, in its fifth year, boasted more than 150 exhibitors and was visited by around 4,000 people over the weekend.
A helicopter, double-decker bus and scores of vintage cars were among the items to tempt guests, with musicians, cakes and wedding dresses among the offer inside the bustling main venue.
Friends Elizabeth West and Kelly Melanson, who are to tie the knot within six days of each other, attended the show on Saturday.
Miss West, 26, of Norwich, will marry Karl Rumsby, 30, on May 29, 2015 and Miss Melanson, 24, of Thetford, will marry Paul Dives, 28, on May 23, 2015.
Miss Melanson said much of her big day was already mapped out, but some big decisions remained and the show had helped her with them.
“We’re looking for dresses,” she explained. “We left our fiances at home, but we made them drop us off so we could have a drink.
“It’s been really nice and people have been really friendly.”
The pair sipped champagne, enjoying a break from the bustle of suit hire stalls, decorative plants and photos of venues.
And Miss West - who has already chosen her dress - said it was nice to see everything in one place to help decide on the fine detail for the biggest day of her life.
Both said they were looking forward to the catwalk show, of which there were eight over the course of the weekend.
Diana Sims, EDP Wedding Show manager, said: “We’re absolutely amazed at how much the show has grown.
“We’re in its fifth year, the interest is there and we’re forever changing what we do and adding new concepts to the show.
“There’s a lot of vintage, and chocolate fountains seem to be making their way back into fashion.”
She said the exhibitors had had an amazing response, and many were already looking to book a stand for next year.
The Pure Brides display scooped the award for best stand this year, and owner Anna Hare was over the moon.
“It’s awesome as we put in an awful lot of hard work, so it’s great they think it’s nice,” she said. “I’m really happy.”
The bridal boutique and men’s formal wear firm is based in Lower Goat Lane in Norwich.
And Ms Hare said it was “fantastic” to take her bespoke wedding fashions to a wider audience.
“It’s by far the biggest and most well publicised show in the region,” she said. “People come from all over - not just locally.
“It’s a really well attended show and it’s the most rewarding show to do.”
Gorleston man John Field, owner of John Field Formal Hire, has had a stall at the EDP Wedding Show every year since it began.
He explained: “It takes as much effort to do a small show as one like this, and the number of people through the doors is fantastic.
“There’s room to talk to people, it’s a brilliant exhibition - the best one in Norfolk.”
Mr Field, whose main shop is on St Benedicts Street, Norwich, said the catwalk show was “stunning” and helped people to see the quality of what was on offer.
Shane Cawdron owns Cringleford business Norfolk Classic Wedding Cars together with his wife Rebecca.
The couple, who have a wealth of 1930s vintage vehicles, have also had a stand at the show since it first began.
Mr Cawdron said he was always treated well by organisers, and it was well advertised - bringing the crowds every year.
For details about future events, see www.edp24.co.uk/weddings