attracted over 1000 visitors from both the north and south of the UK
With the British Asian wedding season kicking off, Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club (UK) hosted its first Asian Bridal Fair. The aim of the club is to increase its unique awareness as a host for Asian weddings and functions and this show was an ideal way of doing it.
Event organiser Surbjit Balu, especially appointed to promote Asian activities and culture for the club, teamed up with Rita Purewal, the club’s Financial Controller, to co-ordinate the event. Both are committed to enhancing the profile of the club to the Asian community and what it has on offer.
The fair was packed with lots to see and do and attracted over 1000 visitors from both the north and south of the UK. Stage introductions for the event were by Julian Britton, the Commercial Manager and Rita Purewal. Families and people of all ages enjoyed the day making it a great success for the club and its organisers.
Asian weddings have progressed through the years in terms of style, lavishness and without doubt, cost. Typical costs for an Asian Wedding in the UK can range from £15,000 up to as much as £50,000. Weddings are now utilising more and more specialist services, as couples and families seek to make their day a special and unique experience.
From catering to entertainment to the make-up on the day, Asian marriages have it all, and especially for the bride, there is a lot more on the planning checklist to be ticked. Hence, for would-be brides the fair was a great help as it gathered exhibitors, fashion shows and entertainers from the Asian wedding business network all at the same venue – the Molineux Conferencing and Banqueting Centre, at the Wolves FC home-ground.
Sharon, a 22 year old, who is planning her wedding for next year, told DESIblitz that she came to the event to get ideas for her special day and was interested in a ‘modern twist of traditional things.’
Exhibitors included Sijara Designs who specialise in Asian wedding cards and had on display a variety of cards, including their most popular ‘gold’ design; Treasured Portraits who produce hand-drawn portraits having started their business doing a portrait of their daughter, were ready to accept commissions for weddings and Mehndi Dreamz showed off their skills and performed live henna painting.
Other suppliers were food caterers who displayed cakes, dinner table layouts, food samples to try, chocolate fountain fondues and ice sculptures – which are increasing in popularity. A selection of clothes retailers specialising in Asian wedding fashions, displayed collections and outfits galore. Jewellers were showing the variety and latest delightful designs in wedding sets. Make-up, hair and beauty stylists provided an insight into their much sought after services.
The highlight of the day for many was the catwalk fashion shows portraying the latest trends and fashion of Asian weddings with clothes provided by Uma Fashions (Birmingham), Kareena (Leicester) and Sequinze (Birmingham and London). Jewellery modelled was by Hot Couture (Wolverhampton). The models featured were from the Box Models agency, their make-up was done by Satpal Soori (Wolverhampton) and hair by Shally’s (Wolverhampton).
Entertainment was provided by the great dancing talents of the Bollywood Dreams Dance Academy (Solihull), grooving to Bollywood hits, and the Midland Dhol Players (Birmingham), who played a superb live rendition demonstrating their dhol playing skills.
DESIblitz was at the event and we have complied a video and gallery of photos for you to view, giving you a further experience of the Asian Bridal Fair.
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Here are some exclusive photos from the Asian Bridal Fair.