I was an events assistant for Edinburgh’s first ever Asian wedding exhibition! The event was organised by Javaid Ullah and the fashion show was choreographed by Affoza Haider. I have worked with Affoza before during the Charity week ladies night 2013. Always works like a professional!
The first task was to find models, I asked a few of the girls from Metropolitan Fashion show if they’d be interested in getting involved. Glad to see Klinta Tjapušina, Aga O Dushlaine and Sadaf Ashraf involved as models! Always have their game face on! Fabulous!
Affoza had organised 2 rehearsals prior to the show! She had already worked out what songs and how the catwalk was schedule! With Asian fashion shows the catwalk is more like a performance (as mentioned in the Asian Bride Blog). A lot more time and effort goes into the fashion choreography.
During rehearsal I made a note of the songs, model queues and designers which I documented and send to the team! This gave the team and models a little more confident on the running order, what songs per designer or who their model partner will be.
I asked Katie Henderson to help me backstage, as mentioned in Touch of Pink always works as a professional! Katie was already there before I had arrived on the day. She had been helping Affroza with organising the clothes per model and sectioned out the designers (Fab work Katie!).
This was my first time working backstage so I was a little hesitant but the girls had it under control. VIP Entertainment was hosting the event, Affroza had asked me to host the Fashion Show and announce the designers! (Not hosted an event in over a year!!) but after a prep talk from Javaid Ullah the event organiser and Aisha – female DJ for VIP Entertainment I managed without stage fright! (sort of off).
There was 2 shows per designer. The models done a beautiful job! Enthuse on the Asian garments!
Convince my main chick Jordan Young to get on board! She’d make a beautiful Asian Bride don’t you think? 😉 I also loved watching my favourite Scottish Asian Model from Eid Bazaar Alia Ali! This girl knows how to work a run way!
Make up artist
It was lovely meeting all the creative make-up and hair stylist! Finally get to put your facebook page to your face 🙂
Constructive criticism on the event would be the event wasn’t marketed enough via social media. As an Events graduate marketing is a crucial part of event management. The event could have generated a large crowd as 22 percent of the Scottish population is British Asian/ Asian and 8 percent in Edinburgh alone according to the Census 2011: Detailed characteristics on Ethnicity, Identity, Language and Religion in Scotland – Release 3A. As the Edinburgh Mela attracts 20,000 audience members there is room for more Scottish Asian events in Edinburgh!
This is the first Asian wedding exhibition I have attended that didn’t have a food section. Which for the audience made it a long day and left early. As the event was held at the Sheraton Hotel there might of been food licencing issues.
Overall great turn out and amazing energy from the team! I done a few tweets, Instagram posts and Facebook messages on my social media regarding the event! Great seeing my family and friends in the audience for support 🙂
Thank you Affoza for letting me help out! I can’t wait for 2015! Hope to work with you soon!
Until next time Blogbees!
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