Wedding shows were few and far between when I tied the knot. There was a choice or 2 or 3 affordable venues, usually hotels, and your colour theme would generally be pink or peach. Most people got married in a church or registry office because there was no where else you could legally do it and wedding favours were an unheard of frippery. We didn’t need bridal fairs because there was so little choice. Leaf through a few wedding magazines, listen to your Mum/future Mum-in-law and you had all the inspiration you needed.
Ah, how times have changed… The rise of celebrity culture and celebrity weddings persuaded us that we too could achieve a Posh and Becs style ‘do’, complete with matching thrones. A flock of doves? No problem. Fairytale horse and carriage? Of course! Champagne tower? It would be rude not to. Wedding planners became ‘a thing’ and we never looked back.
As a backlash to all this excessive spend on what is, after all, one day in your hopefully long and happy life together, simplicity has seen a revival. Cue ‘natural’ events in barns, yurts or the great outdoors, Now, just about anywhere can be granted a licence. Hog roasts, barbeques and drinks served in jam jars with straws are de rigeur. And of course your stunning day will be captured on every social media platform available. Make no mistake though, these seemingly simple affairs will still have needed a whole lot of thought and planning.
And much of that planning will take place at the numerous wedding shows and fairs which have grown in popularity ever since Madonna and Guy Ritchie hired an entire Scottish castle for their nuptials back in 2000.
It’s Show Time!
If you’re getting married in Torquay, or elsewhere in Devon, and still aren’t sure where to book, what flowers you want, or which photographer will produce something worthy of Hello magazine, then you need to visit the TLH Toorak Hotel Wedding Fair ,Torquay, on Sunday 3rd April.
Opening its doors at 11am, the show will have over 30 exhibitors, in 5 different rooms, including rooms set up for a civil ceremony and a wedding breakfast. There will be live music, food tastings and a free drink on arrival. And if your intended’s eyes start to glaze over, you can always dispatch them to the Aztec Bistro for a bite to eat.
Our Wedding- Co-ordinator Jocelyn Smith will be on hand, along with other members of the TLH Toorak team so you can ask all those questions you’ve been wanting to ask. How many guests can I have? Is the ceremony room private? Can our dog be part of the ceremony? And, most importantly, how much will it all cost?
The Aztec Spa, part of the TLH Leisure Resort group, will also be there showcasing the best pre-wedding treatments as well as some great idea for hen events.
The TLH Toorak wedding fair aims to be one of the best hotel bridal shows in Devon, so it should definitely be on your list to visit this spring.
Find out more about weddings at TLH Leisure Resort, including their 2017 wedding for £2107 offer here.
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