Online hub help for brides-to-be in county town

Councillor Val Tyler, policy board member for community infrastructure and culture, with Dawn Goodwill Evans, Senior Business Development Officer, for leisure tourism development services, launch the Morpeth wedding hub.
Councillor Val Tyler, policy board member for community infrastructure and culture, with Dawn Goodwill Evans, Senior Business Development Officer, for leisure tourism development services, launch the Morpeth wedding hub.

Couples planning for their big day in Morpeth can now find information about wedding service suppliers all in one place.

Businesses in the town that will have an involvement before, during and/or after the wedding ceremony are being invited to sign up to a free listings section, which is up and running on Northumberland County Council’s wedding website.

It provides easy access to a choice of local traders such as jewellers, cake makers, beauticians, photographers, wedding outfitters, florists, caterers and car hire companies.

The council’s pilot scheme will initially focus on Morpeth but if it is successful, plans are in place to roll the idea across the county.

A Twitter hashtag – #Morewed – has been introduced and Morpeth-based businesses are being encouraged to use it when networking and during their online discussions about weddings.

Coun Val Tyler, the policy board member who covers Northumberland’s registration service, said: “The wedding industry is a growing business and in our county we have some fantastic companies and traders providing high quality wedding services.

“The creative hub is designed to help raise their profile, keep business within the county and encourage couples to use our local businesses.

“We would also like to help wedding businesses to network and support each other, and we hope that the new hashtag will help them carry this out.”

The authority has been promoting Northumberland widely as a wedding destination and in 2014, the registration service had a record 1,718 ceremonies booked.

At the moment, weddings make an annual contribution of approximately £23million to the county’s economy.

Lorraine Dewison, service manager for registration, said: “Sixty percent of couples who choose to marry in Northumberland actually live outside of the county.

“This figure is growing higher each year as couples discover the fantastic selection of stunning venues that are available within the county to accommodate every taste and budget.”

To see the wedding service suppliers that are currently on the site, visit www.mynorthumberlandwedding.co.uk and click on the ‘Wedding’ section. You will then need to select ‘Wedding Suppliers’ from the right-hand side menu.