Sun shines on couples at EDP Wedding Show at Dunston Hall
The sun came out as visitors thronged to Dunston Hall for the EDP Wedding Show, giving couples the chance to plan their wedding.
From what frock to wear, to the perfect cake and the best games and activities, the EDP Wedding Show sought to answer every question a couple would ask when planning their perfect day.
Some of the very best names and businesses in the wedding world in this area filled the 19th century Dunston Hall on Sunday to help guests plan for the big day.
The regal surroundings of the Elizabethan-style mansion were the ideal setting for the exclusive and luxury exhibitors on show.
From top of the range jewellery and dress designers to budget beating ideas and experts offering advice about choosing the perfect venue, cakes and flowers, there was plenty of assistance on offer to help couples ease the stresses involved with such a big event.
Throughout the hotel, marquee and outside were businesses ranging from Vanilla Cake Design, The Ultimate Hen and Stag Experience, Winsor Bishop, Swaffham Florist, Sweetpea Crafts and Vintage Car and Camper Hire, to Lenwade House Country Hotel, Luis Holden Photography, Norwich City Football Club, Pure Brides, Platinum Sounds, the Vintage VW Experience, Short Cakes, Katie Hart Photogrpahy, Jarrolds, John Field Formal Hire, Vivace Quartet, Inline Events and Victoria Marquees.
Vintage was just one of the trends on offer at the show and exhibiting for the first time were three local companies specialising in retro- Tricycle Temptations bringing treats on wheels, The Frock Spot, offering 1950s-style wedding dresses and Crumpet and Trumpet, mobile catering from a 1970s van.
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Diana Sims, weddings commercial manager at Archant Norfolk, which owns the EDP, said more than 800 people had visited the show during the first hour to catch a glimpse of an exhibition that was in its eighth year at Dunston Hall.
She said: 'It has been brilliant. We are delighted with the support from all our exhibitors that attend our shows.'
She added the next wedding show would be taking place at the hall on September 28, while the EDP is looking to expand with new shows planned, including at the Thursford Collection on March 15, 2015.
Thorpe St Andrew couple Charlotte Wells, 24 and Mark Tracey, also 24, were one of the first ever couples eager to see the ranges on offer as they prepared for their wedding at Southwood Hall, Cantley on July 4, 2015.
Miss Wells said: 'I think it has been really good. I like the fact that there are so many different places to go to at the hall.
'It is not just all in one room and people come out and speak to you which is not something that happens at other events.'
She said she was particularly interested in a jigsaw where wedding guests received their own piece that made up a puzzle in the shape of a tree.
The couple, who met while working at Swinton Insurance, were also interested in a wishing well where wedding guests could leave their greetings cards and gifts for the couple.
Sam Wood, 32, and Matt McKen, 35, from Norwich first met at RAF Marham and are planning to marry at Taunton on June 6, 2015.
The couple said they were particularly interested in the jewellery stands, while Mr McKen said visiting the show made planning the wedding much easier because everything was in one place, as opposed to looking on the internet or High Street where it can be difficult to find what you are after.
'For me, when I go into town, it is a bit of a mission with all the different jewellery shops, but when I am here I don't feel as hassled,' Mr McKen added.
Cara Debbage and Chris Andrews, both 25, from Poringland, met when they attended the sixth form at Notre Dame High School in Norwich.
They are planning to marry at Park Farm Hotel in Hethersett on August 8, 2015.
They were particularly interested in a stand offering a chocolate fountain and had also booked catering from Taverham-based Select Cakes, which specialises in bespoke handcrafted wedding cakes, celebration cakes and wedding favours.
Miss Debbage said: 'It is brilliant. There is a lot of variety and it is a very informative show. We have got lots of ideas from the show.'
The special day for Coltishall couple Sophie Heavens, 25 and Dan Cousins, 26, will be on August 3 2015 when they will be marrying at Blickling Hall stately home.
The couple met nine years ago at the Unicorn pub in Aylsham and said they had booked suit hire and jewellers during the time they had been at the show.
Mr Cousins added: 'Everything's all in one place here rather than having to trawl through the internet.
'With the internet, you don't really know who you are talking to, but when you are here, you can really get to know who you are dealing with.'
Gillian Silom, owner of Kandylicious Treats, was one of the exhibitors at the event, having only started her business, offering a candy cart, Ferris wheel and sweet table for hire for special occasions, two weeks ago.
She said: 'It has not actually been too bad considering it is my first exhibition for the EDP. We have had a lot of people taking leaflets.'
The candy treats are available for weddings and birthday parties, among other occasions.
The Ultimate Stag and Hen Experience specialises in arranging action packed days with a difference, combining the three activities of powerboating, clay shooting and karting.
Marcus Stamford Gladwell, from the Ultimate Stag and Hen Experience, said there had been more interest in his company's activities at the wedding show than at other shows the company had visited.
'We have had a really good show and we have really enjoyed it.
'The organisation has been great.
'Compared to other shows we have done, this was definitely a worthwhile event that we would consider doing again.'