Liverpool is to be the location for the United Kingdom’s National Gay Wedding Show on Sunday where 200 exhibitors from every sector of the wedding industry will come together to showcase their products and services to the LGBT community.
The expo aims to provide shopping, support and advice to couples either preparing to formalize their relationship or simply looking to see what’s available. Businesses participating include those offering wedding venues, entertainment, and attire with major brands such as Hilton being represented.
The event made headlines worldwide last month when it was announced that the world’s most expensive wedding cake, created by Cake Bakery in Chester and valued at $52.7 million, would be unveiled at the event.
The show is also taking place at a time when marriage equality draws nearer in England and Wales, having just passed through the parliamentary committee stage of debate in the House of Commons.
Liverpool holds its annual Pride event in August.
The city is unique in the UK in terms of its openness, according to Liverpool Pride’s Marketing Manager Sean Weaver, with other cities’ Pride events “all commercially run for profit.”
The murder of gay teenager Michael Causer at a house party in 2008 spurred Liverpool Pride into existence. Now in its fourth year, the event plans to build on what Weaver calls the city’s “small, but notable gay scene.”
“We have a family emphasis and have become the biggest free Pride event in the UK. It is all about eliminating discrimination,” Weaver told 429Magazine.
The city is also notable from an LGBT perspective, boasting support from Liverpool’s renowned soccer team, Liverpool FC, which became the first team to be represented at an LGBT occasion last year.