Wedding show a hit

KATE DAVIDSON
Last updated 12:26 26/05/2014
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GETTING AHEAD: April Meredith, left, and Diane O’Daniels of Wilkins Bridal Christchurch at the Nelson Wedding Show.

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It was cakes, cars, couture and culture on display at the Nelson Wedding Show at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology.

The annual show was held yesterday and was the first year owner-operator Sharron Page-Moreton had run the event since taking over ownership.

It attracted 56 vendors from Wellington, Marlborough, Christchurch, and Nelson including wedding fashion pros, wedding styled cars, and cake decorators.

Just over 400 prospective brides, bridegrooms, families, and friends made their way through the show seeking advice and ideas for their big days.

It was also the first time it had been run at NMIT, following the closure of the Trafalgar Centre and was the first time it had included a "bride across cultures" fashion display focusing on Filipino wedding attire.

Page-Moreton said she was "really, really pleased" with how the day went and was impressed with the hand crafting and special pineapple fabric used with the Filipino wedding dress on display.

She said the fashion and material were unique to that part of the world, carefully handcrafted and "quite exquisite".

Page-Moreton said the NMIT venue had been great and its setting had made it more of a day for visitors with people taking their time and enjoying food and the gardens rather than just cruising through and leaving.

She said running the show for the first time had been nerve racking leading up to the event and because of the new venue, but feedback from vendors and guests had been positive, especially with the new setting and she would look into holding it at NMIT again.

Leanne Lash, owner of local wedding cake business Chocolate Velvet, said the event had been very successful with many people coming through and all the feedback she had heard had been positive.

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- The Nelson Mail

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