April 29, 2012

The Wellington Wedding Show

The overall theme of the The Wellington Wedding Show was an elegant black and white. If you have ever been to a travel or home show you will completely surprised by the Wedding Show. Like other shows there are competitions, samples and give-aways, two stalls (a la mode and Exodus) even had winning wheels. The whole thing is so much more luxurious; stands were beautifully decorated and comfortable couches were provided along one end. What impressed me the most were stalls who had back up offers; for example a venue would ask "do you have a venue yet?" and if we said no they could reply with "we also do hens parties," these are the stalls that really stood out.

In the foyer of the TSB area there was a gentleman playing an electronic baby grand which was overpowering in the small space. There were entertainers scattered throughout the main floor as well; musicians, singers as well as dancers. A lot of potential venues exhibited from around Wellington and the Wairarapa and several as far as Taupo.

Some items that stood out for me: Vintage tableware for hire, doves and butterflies for ceremonies, Couture Candy Buffet, beautiful vintage invitations including address labels from Cocoa Berry, Cupcakes who ran out of samples (this may have been a good thing, they looked beautiful but were a little bland), dress designer Helen Forster who missed the mark with a tacky sparkly gold sign that matched her shoes but her dresses were reasonably priced, Cherry Tree were peddling their wares as they do at every event I've been to in the past two years. If you are getting married be sure to check out Wilkins Bridal Gown Sale on this week with items up to 50% off.

My friend wanted information about a destination wedding as her in-laws are overseas. We spoke with Air New Zealand, House of Travel and Your Weddings.  The first two had limited information, the latter was the best; they suggested an alternative place that was the same distance but cheaper.

It was the little touches at this lavish event which really made it for me. My favourite was the stickers you were given at the entrance "bride," "groom," "mother of the bride," "best friend of the bride," which helped the stall holders to tailor their banter to your needs.

Venue: TSB Arena
Time: Sunday 29 April, 10-4
Price: $15
Check out their website and maybe attend the Spring Show in September

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