The Albert Hall ….what can I say??

It was such a privilege to be asked to help out with the wedding showcase with the We Are Family & Trof group.

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Ok so the weather wasn’t great, and we had “snowmageddon” trying to take over the day, but we can’t thank enough the hard core couples and businesses who turned up to meet some fantastic vendors and view this amazing venue in its fullest wedding potential.With the florescent lights, the disco ball and music beats, it gave us all an uplifting wedding vibe with a twist of  urban life.

Getting Involved:
Well it all started one day, a little bit before the madness of Christmas, when I emailed The Albert Hall Manchester asking if we could potentially host a Bridal Chic in the City wedding fayre. I have previously hosted at the Deaf Institute, which is part of the Trof group, and had seen the AH venue link on their website. Fast forward the lightning bolt of Christmas and New Year, and it’s the first week of January. Sat in Sugar Junction in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, meeting the very lovely Gemma from We are family/indigo PR and events group , we begin to discuss my initial email over some toast and pancakes. It transpires that the We are Family side of the company are going to be getting involved in Weddings at The Albert Hall, and they would like help setting up a Wedding shop at their Wedding Showcase event in approx 3 weeks time ,on the 29th Jan. The challenge was on. I didn’t hesitate to think about it and jumped at this opportunity that had landed my way. The chance to meet some fabulous couples and businesses in this awesome venue was a no brainer.

 

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A little bit of History courtesy of Wiki:

The Albert Hall is located in Peter Street, Manchester, England. It was built as the Methodist Central Hall in 1910 by architect W.J.Morley in an eclectic style with Baroque and Gothic elements for the Wesleyan Mission. The meeting hall is located on the first floor, with a horseshoe gallery, sloping floor and coloured glass roof lights. The finely detailed terracotta is formed into large windows at gallery level, and the interior is abundant in floral decoration in the plaster work and glazed tiles. The hall has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade II listed building. The Chapel Hall – unused since 1969 – was renovated in 2012–13 for music concerts.  The Albert Hall is no longer used as a Methodist meeting place. Approximately 100 Methodist halls were constructed across the United Kingdom from 1886 to 1945, now only 16 remain as Methodist meeting places. The lower two floors were converted to a nightclub during the 1990s which was called Brannigans but closed in 2011. The hall has been refurbished and was re-opened in 2013 by Trof, a local independent bar and live music company.

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 The Details:

Guests entered into the main hall and were greeted by a complimentary glass of fizz and canapes by Chapman Holmes. As they walked around the main floor they could envisage The Albert Hall decorated in various wedding inspirations.

There were 3 main themes:

Gothic:

The stage was decorated with two giant urns of floral heavenliness to enhance the gothic theme,with a pink hue lighting up the organ, this displayed a look of grandeur. Designed and styled by David owner of Frog Flowers, which is located in Manchester Northern Quarter,be sure to drop in to see him for some floral inspiration.

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Enchanted Garden:

The Enchanted garden was styled by No4 styling owner, Lessa Riding and showcased the diversity this venue has to offer. It was like Ying meeting Yang against the backdrop of the brickwork,the end result looking pretty spectacular. The flowers were added by Frog Flowers to complete the look.

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Vintage:

Add Vintage the company who brought the glamour to the venue, had a beautiful table styled with vintage accessories. Looking very much like an image from an interior magazine, it looked tres chic. From the vintage typewriter to the vintage china it looked stunningly beautiful, perfect for that couple who want to add some charm to this urban environment.

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Bridalwear:

There were three main Manchester designers showcasing. Jean Jackson Couture, Erica Stacey and Zeynep Kartal.

The wedding corner displayed wedding dresses that were to die for, from Jean Jackson Couture. Sat looking splendid on an elegant wicker chair and next love letters ,the mannequins took their dresses to another level. Lush floral headpieces adorned the mannequins and the luxuriousness of the dresses were enhanced by the setting and their beautiful model Holly…

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The catwalk show had dresses from all the designers including gorgeous footwear by Charlotte Mills.Where each pair of shoes are hand finished with an original Sixpence in the shoe, cute and quirky I love them . Throughout the day the designers had models showcasing their collections to the guests, and participated in the photo shoots that took place around the building. It was nice to see a varied range of dresses what would be to suit a variety of bridal styles.

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If you are looking for some fantastic Manchester talent and designers, then these are a great starting point all with showrooms in and around the city your sure to find “the one”

The Bands:

Two bands were playing live and we  pretty much watched two free gigs with awesome acoustics and brilliant views….one word #awesome. The DJ set during the intervals was led by……

The Feel Good Band Inc  (whom will be playing at our Barca Castlefield  Event 1/3/15 11am-3pm)  rocked the stage. With an array of songs to choose from they brought, for me, back  some nostalgia. You could see they would definatly get the crowd going. I am led to believe a fair few brides have sang up on stage with them!!! What a fab picture that would make, a great addition to any wedding for sure.

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The second was a band called Honey Feet, a harmonica, flute playing, foot stomping band. The lead singer had absolutely stunning vocals,which as Randy Jackson would say were “on point”,these would surely bring the house down.

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The Wedding Shop:

Hosted by Bridal Chic in the City. The wedding shop was to offer the impending couples some local Manchester businesses showcasing  an array of talent. Located upstairs in the Gallery there were some fantastic exhibitors. Sampling luxurious handmade chocolate brownies from an organic catering company to tasting Macarons there was even a Celebrant on hand to give advice on saying the vows and  “I do” in your own personal style. Photographers,  a make-up artist, a live band and DJ were to finish the line up.  It was really nice to have one to ones conversations with each person that came out to see us all here at The Albert Hall. I’m sure they experienced something quiet different. Links to our amazing exhibitors are listed below.

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So how could we sum up this wedding venue? I think The Albert Hall say it perfectly themselves…..

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A fantastic day all round this was echoed in the News coverage received from the Manchester Evening News.

 

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