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Schivas Steading takes main stage at Aberdeen's top wedding exhibition

By Kirsty Brown

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Aberdeenshire’s newest wedding venue, the Schivas Steading, is one of the main attractions at one of Scotland’s biggest wedding exhibitions.

Based on the Schivas estate, near Methlick, the redevelopment was only completed last year, with exposed stone walls and a distinctive glass roof over a huge contemporary glazed curtain wall giving glorious views of Bennachie.

After more than two years of pandemic restrictions on weddings and celebrations, the Your Wedding Exhibition is once more welcoming eager brides and grooms, keen to discover what’s new in the world of weddings.

The venue is one of more than 120 exhibitors who are coming together over two days at the P&J Live to provide inspiration and expert advice to everyone looking to tie the knot.

From bagpipes to bands, buttonholes to balloons, the weekend is shaping up to be a wedding idea wonderland.

Representatives from the region’s leading wedding venues are on hand to show how they bring the big day to life, while live streaming experts can help make faraway friends part of the big day.

Couples might be thinking of a traditional fairytale wedding in an historic castle or planning a more relaxed and unusual event with petting zoos and pinatas.

Quirky cars and creative camerawork are there to be discovered, alongside delicious tiered cakes and beautiful bouquets.

The romance and glamour of the occasion are captured in the twice-daily fashions shows, expertly choreographed to showcase ideas and inspiration for that stylish ensemble.

With natural nude palettes and two-piece wedding dresses predicted to be some of the 2022 trends, the 45-minute shows will feature outfits for the whole wedding party.

Before Covid, there were over 26,000 marriage ceremonies in Scotland annually, with around 3,500 in the North-east alone.

With many couples having chosen to delay their big day in the last couple of years, it’s estimated that there are now over 6,000 waiting to get hitched.

Schivas Steading.
Schivas Steading.

Director of Your Wedding Exhibition Simon Morgan said: “We are absolutely delighted that Your Wedding Exhibition is back, as its return has been so eagerly anticipated.

“So many couples have had their dream day put on hold in the last couple of years that there is pent-up demand that I haven’t seen before in our 25 years of organising this event.

“It’s also good news for the local economy, with a high profile event in the P&J Live calendar once again.

“Even though the wedding industry struggled to operate in the face of challenging restrictions, I’m pleased to see several businesses at the exhibition that established themselves during lockdown.

“Our own activities moved online during the pandemic but there really is no substitute for being able to see, hear and experience in the real world the amazing services on offer.

“We’re showcasing the best the region has to offer, allowing couples to discover specialist suppliers they might never otherwise come across, and the best thing is that they’re all in one place.

“Here, they can speak to the largest collection of quality wedding suppliers face-to-face and make sure those dreams do come true.”

Exhibition sales manager at P&J Live Claire-Lena Miller-Davies said: “The wedding industry has taken quite a hit over the past 18 months, so it's fantastic to see new and rearranged weddings being given the go-ahead.

“With such a wide range of exhibitors and daily fashion shows, Your Wedding Exhibition is always a popular choice and we're really looking forward to welcoming the exhibition back to P&J Live.”

Your Wedding Exhibition is being held at the P&J Live on March 5 and 6.

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