All elements for a perfect big day

ALL the elements that go into a big day will be on show as Morpeth Town Hall hosts its first Wedding Fair.

The event next week has been organised by Morpeth Town Council and Northumberland Registration Services to show off the landmark building as a wedding venue.

It will also showcase local businesses, with around 15 stalls displaying what local traders can do to help create the perfect wedding.

And if one evening is not enough for couples to get a taste of what is available, there is another fair scheduled for Sunday, October 23.

Council Clerk Gillian Turner said: “We have never done an event like this before so it will be a kind of test for us before our all-day wedding fair in October.

“For our first one, we have concentrated on the traders from Morpeth, such as florists, photographers, lingerie businesses, wedding outfitters, stationery shops and the pipers.

“The Ballroom in the Town Hall will be done out for a wedding and we hope to have some mannequins there.”

The Town Hall officially opened for weddings in April and has been proving a popular venue ever since.

Ms Turner said: “The weddings are going really well and we have far exceeded the number we thought we would get.

“The Ballroom seems to be proving a massive asset.

“It seems to be down to word of mouth. The registrar is saying that some people have been to weddings at the Town Hall as guests and they have come back to book it for their own weddings.”

The iconic building was originally designed by Sir John Vanbrugh in 1714. It opened for weddings following an extensive refurbishment.

Northumberland County Council Executive Member for Registration Services Neil Bradbury is looking forward to couples seeing what it has to offer.

He said: “The event provides the ideal opportunity for couples wishing to marry or enter a civil partnership to come along to meet our registration team and view the new facility. The Ballroom will be dressed to show how it could look for your special day.”

The first wedding fair will take place in the Town Hall on Thursday, August 25, from 6pm to 9pm.