On Thursday the 28th September, the Crichton Memorial Church provided the stunning venue for the Crichton Estate Wedding Showcase, which was hosted by The Crichton Trust and Easterbrook Hall in collaboration with Light Up Your Venue.
The evening event attracted over 300 guests including future brides and grooms and their families looking for inspiration to help them plan their big day. With 12 local exhibitors also attending to showcase their services, visitors benefited from having professionals on hand to advise them about photography, car hire, venue accessories, table décor, wedding stationery, hotel accommodation, music, wedding dresses, beauty, cakes and flowers as well as the menus and wedding packages available from Crichton Estate Weddings for both Easterbrook Hall and the Crichton Church. As part of the occasion guests also received a welcome Prosecco and enjoyed a bridal catwalk by Charlotte Boyd Weddings. Wendy and Lauren from Neuro’s Bar, Restaurant and Spa also promoted their onsite beauty and hospitality services to visitors.
Event organisers from Light Up Your Venue were also showcasing their wedding and party lights, so the church looked spectacular and certainly gave anyone planning their wedding something new to consider. Jamie and Daniel from Light Up Your Venue said: “The Church looked amazing with our light-up props. With hundreds of awe inspiring lights on the catwalk and mood lighting that truly lit up the stunning features of the church, there was a real sense of magic throughout the whole event – it was wonderful. It really was a pleasure for us to work in conjunction with Easterbrook Hall and The Crichton Trust, they were all incredibly supportive.”
Other exhibitors including Mike Wells from Jingles Wedding Disco was also impressed with the event and the venue. He said: “It was a pleasure to be part of this well organised and very well attended wedding show which was held in such a unique venue. The atmosphere on the night was incredible.”
Meanwhile Graham Edwards from GE-Photography added: “When it comes to Wedding Showcases and Wedding Fayres, as an exhibitor there are a few to choose from. When it comes to deciding which events you will exhibit at, the quality of the overall event reflects on your business as well, but when it comes to a Wedding Showcase organised by Light up Your Venue at a location like the Crichton Church then I don’t even have to think about it. Daniel and Jamie give their all to organising these events and you can have every confidence as an exhibitor that the event will be excellent.”
The guests were equally inspired by the evening. One guest Chloe Atkinson from Dumfries said: “The showcase was well organised with Jamie and Daniel both on hand to answer any questions. It was a great night to get into the wedding spirit.” Rosie Cowan was also full of praise. She said it was a “Fantastic night, beautiful venue and so professionally presented – well done to all”. The showcase also helped Jenny Hamilton from Dumfries make some decisions about her wedding. She said I was “Very impressed with everything that Light up your Venue had to offer at the Crichton Church, they are very professional and I will be using them for my wedding.”
Elaine Carruthers, Sales Manager at Easterbrook Hall said: “It was a proud evening for us all at Easterbrook Hall showcasing our stunning Crichton Church as a new wedding venue. The church was dressed to impress with the assistance of romantic lighting from Light Up Your Venue who helped co-ordinate the event. With a range of professional local suppliers in attendance too, there was plenty of support available on the night to help future brides and grooms plan their special day. As I walked up the red sandstone staircase I had a tear in my eye thinking WOW -this is the most magical venue. I felt so passionate and proud to be part of Crichton Estate Weddings.”
Alex Haswell, Chief Executive of The Crichton Trust said: “It is great to see the Crichton Memorial Church being utilised in so many different ways. Everything from the weekly church services to graduations, weddings, funerals, concerts and business functions. Thanks to a fantastic team of colleagues and suppliers, we just recently hosted the Dumfries and Galloway Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Lunch accommodating over 180 business guests in the church and a few days later transformed the church into a spectacular Wedding Showcase. As we celebrate the 120th anniversary of the Crichton Memorial Church it is particularly important for us to ensure that it continues to meet the needs of the local community.”