Wedding fair with a difference

Manager of Snob clothing Shaila Begum (right) shows Fariijan Sufi a collection of dresses on show at the Asian Wedding Fair held at The Quayside Exchange.
Manager of Snob clothing Shaila Begum (right) shows Fariijan Sufi a collection of dresses on show at the Asian Wedding Fair held at The Quayside Exchange.
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BEAUTIFUL gowns brought a touch of glamour to Wearside as an event to celebrate the bright and colourful world of Asian weddings came to the city.

The wedding fair was held at the Quayside Exchange, High Street East, in Sunderland city centre, as dress makers to decorators gathered to show off their skills.

Quayside Exchange manager Luke Balcombe hailed the multicultural event a success and said he hoped it could be the first of many.

He said: “I think we’ve had over 300 people come across in the few hours that the fair was on.

“There was a real mixture of suppliers, not just Asian suppliers, who came along.

“We also had a horse-and-carriage company.”

Asian clothing companies, Helen Russell Photography and NE4 DJs were just some of the firms present.

Wedding-cake makers and jewellers also showcased their products.

Youngsters tucked into a specially-made chocolate fountain too.

“To our knowledge it’s the first Asian wedding fair in Sunderland,” added Mr Balcombe.

“We are really pleased with the outcome.

“Quite a few non-Asian people came as well which was quite a success for us.

“It was a great opportunity for them to come and sample the culture which they maybe don’t know a lot about.

“The DJs really brought the whole thing together.

“The whole event, I think, gave a good insight into how Asian weddings are put together.”