Award-winning Enchanted is back

Photo by Gavin Jacob Power

Cumbria’s largest Wedding and Prom event is now a double award-winner after Enchanted scooped the ‘Best Local Wedding Exhibition of the Year’ at the English Wedding Awards in Manchester for the second time in as many years.

Enchanted claimed top honours in November after beating off stiff competition for the North of England category and the event is set to return to Carlisle Racecourse on the 5th of January.

Event organiser Ailsa Taylor is delighted with the back to back awards, as the owner of the Wedding Warehouse in Carlisle she originally organised Enchanted as a way to help promote herself and other local suppliers.  But in the space of 6 years it has grown to become the largest Wedding and Prom Fayre in Cumbria and South West Scotland and brings together the best of the region’s wedding industry under one roof.

If your big event is coming up next year, or beyond, and you’re looking for inspiration then Enchanted is a must.  Upon arrival, you’ll be welcomed with a glass of fizz before being transported into the world of weddings and prom.

Professional catwalks will feature throughout the event and you’ll find plenty of exclusive offers too.  There’s also a raffle for your chance to win a prom dress or wedding dress.  Enchanted has always raised money for a chosen charity and this year’s event will help raise proceeds for Carlisle Mind who believe no one should have to face mental health issues alone.

Last year there were over 35 exhibitors and Ailsa is hoping for more this year.  Photographers, florists, venues and beauticians will all be on hand to help you plan your special day – so you can relax knowing everything is perfect.  If you have a picture-perfect traditional wedding in mind then you’ll find everything you need but Ailsa is also looking at a range of new exhibitors that cater to ever-changing tastes.

“People are looking for something a bit different,” she said.  “They can get married in a whole range of places now so we are looking for more quirky exhibitors too.”

Catwalks will feature fashions from the Wedding Warehouse who have won “Grooms Wear supplier of the Year” in the English Wedding Awards for the past three years and are nominated again this year.  The Wedding Warehouse are also nominated in the “Wedding Boutique of the Year” category after a top ten ranking last year.  That gives you the assurance that the Bridal Wear, Prom Wear, Grooms outfits and Bridesmaids dresses are of the highest calibre.  Models will also feature outfits for the mother of the bride who can expect the same quality and attention.

As a special offer Enchanted is free to anyone who pre-registers their tickets or there’s a charge of £4 on the day.   Doors open at 11:30 and the event will run through until 4.

“Come and join us for a wonderful afternoon,” says Ailsa “We have a large selection of prom dresses too, we are open to everybody and it’s a wonderful chance to find everything under one roof.”

Pre-registering for tickets couldn’t be easier, visit or where you’ll also find more information.   There are also a limited number of trading places available, please contact Ailsa at 01228 595956 for enquiries.


 Photos credited to Gavin at GJP Photography

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