AFRICAN WEDDING FAIR 2016,
MILTON KEYNES, 11 SEPTEMBER 2016
Hilton Hotel, Kents Hill, Milton Keynes
It was a rollicking time at the first edition of the African Wedding Fair (AWF) 11th September 2016. The event was organised by Deizie Events, Management & Party Planners (www. Deizievents.com).
On hand as Chief Hosts were event promoters, Bukky Babajide and Faith Ogbesoyen-Kalejaiye ably supported by a cast of comperes and performers. Blessing Obi-Allison was the MC and did a fine job of choreographing the event from start to finish.
The African Wedding fair assembled different components of the things that happen before, during and after the wedding day. The various exhibitors reflected these aspects of wedding planning.
Light Up Your Love is a specialist business that uses special lighting effects to accessorise events. Look through the gallery and you can spot their Mr&Mrs Lights. (www.LightUpYourLove.com)
Imole, a personal beauty care form performed a facial uplift on a model and closed her presentation with the African ‘Gele’, headtie very popular in African wedding outfits.
Purple Spice, a Milton Keynes African restaurant supplied samples of African bites that were sumptuously satisfying.
Dee-Vine Cakes and Pastries displayed cakes and offered some samples for guests to enjoy. (Tel 07904410549) www.facebook.com/DVCpastry
A number of fashion houses paraded their designs on the catwalk, showing a range of outfits for different aspects of the wedding.
Martao Concepts showcased a range of bridal and party-wear.
Zusak Designs Designs led by Maria Dube-Constable brought out elegant models in her bespoke Evening and Bridal dresses. They specialise in custom-made evening gowns among other outfits. Zusak Design is offering 5% discount on all bookings made within 30days of this event (T&C applies) M:07775682659
There were exhibits of pre and post wedding pampering by a number of suppliers.
Kanyadaan Wedding Services 176a – 178a Dunstable Road, Luton, Beds,LU4 8JJ T: 01582 702 644 M:07530 439 244 displayed a range of venue decorations and offers on wedding albums and associated services.
M&M Cosmetics Ltd promoted a range of GroHealthy Shea & Coconut products aimed at giving the bride (and groom) the best hair they can have in the run-up to the big day. (www.mmcosmetics.com).
Cloud 9 Spa had a fulsome display and gave a presentation on the joys of using the spa before and after the wedding. (www.cloud9spa.co.uk)
Entertainment was provided by a number of performers commencing with DJ Matsaatsa on the decks with music that met every taste and urged the guests onto the catwalk as the show came to a delightful end. (firstname.lastname@example.org) (Tel 07930005814).
A southern African acoustic band, led by Otto Gumaelius, Marimba Performing Artist & Teacher provided an intriguing performance that fascinated everyone. http://www.ottogumaelius.com/
Layer6 Productions were on hand to capture the still shots in top-class photography and video recording.
This year’s fair brought representation from a wide spectrum of African countries in the Diaspora as well as numerous others interested in enjoying the best of Africa’s cultural riches showcased in the context of a truly unique wedding show. See you next year, AWF. It’s surely going to be an awesome reprise.
c.African Cuisine Magazine 2016