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Longest bridal veil at Sharjah wedding show

Lily B. Libo-on
Filed on March 7, 2014

Fashion shows, bridal couture, hairstyling main attractions

World’s longest bridal veil measuring 5-km in length, weighing about 7kg, and embellished with crystals and pearls at its first 5 metres, was unveiled at the ninth edition of Perfect Wedding Show, which opened on Wednesday at the Expo Centre Sharjah.

The veil by Rozana Hospitality broke the four-year Guinness Book of World Records held by Sandra Mechleb of Lebanon, who wore a 3.358-km long bridal veil when she married Chady Abi Younis in Arnaoon, Lebanon on October 18, 2009.

World’s longest bridal veil on display at the Perfect Wedding Show in Sharjah. — Supplied photo

This year’s Perfect Wedding Show, which is open daily from 3pm to 10pm, is also presenting a mega prize of a fully paid ‘royal wedding package’ comprising a five-star ballroom for the winning couple and their guests, a bridal beauty package, Kosha decoration and a honeymoon trip to Istanbul.

To participate in the royal wedding package, the couples due to get married are urged to register at the website of the Perfect Wedding Show 2014 at www.sharjahweddingshow.com and they will be automatically entered in a raffle draw to be done on Saturday (March 8), the last day of the event.

Shaikha Aisha bint Mohammed Al Qasimi opened the four-day Perfect Wedding Show, which features a wide range of perfumes, ouds, cosmetics, jewellery, gifts and accessories, health and beauty products, cards and stationery, and related materials and accessories for weddings apart from designers, couturiers, décor specialists, wedding planners and caterers.

A play area is also available for children under 12 years since they won’t be allowed inside the exhibition halls.

The fair is also organising a 45-minute fashion show that will be performed daily and will feature local, regional and international design houses and designers, including Fouad Sarkis, Dar Mona Al Mansouri, Dar Sara, Amato and Emirati designer, Aisha Al Muhairi.

The Perfect Wedding Show has a special section for Egyptian furnishings sponsored by the Egyptian Trade Centre, special bridal couture shows, cultural parades, live demonstrations of hair-styling and make-up and dance performances.

“The increasing popularity of the show can be attributed to the emergence of the UAE as a leading wedding destination, lavish wedding ceremonies and engagements taking place here,” said Saif Mohammed Al Midfa, CEO, Expo Centre Sharjah.

National Bureau of Statistics shows that the number of marriages registered in the UAE has gone up from 6,475 in 1995 to 14,934 in 2012. But, this figure excludes the multiple wedding receptions and other related functions that are taking place in UAE.

Al Midfa said that even though the number of marriages has remained stagnant for a few years, wedding planners are doing a brisk business due to the rising demand for wedding receptions and related functions.

“This is because though several expatriates prefer to tie the knot in their home country, however, they hold their engagements and receptions here since they work and live in UAE,” he added.

With the industry observers putting a tag of $80,000 as average wedding expense and close to 15,000 weddings taking place annually, the wedding sector here could be conservatively be valued at $1.2 billion.

lily@khaleejtimes.com


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