In London, big-budget weddings still booming

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The global economy may be in a mess, but the very rich have no problem shelling out the pounds sterling for this weekend's Luxury Designer Wedding Show in Battersea Park, London, Oct. 10 to 12.

More tickets have been sold in advance than ever before, and according to Sue Maddix, director of show organizer Foxglove Events, "there appears to be a significant representation of couples from the financial services industry buying tickets."

The exclusive Mosimann's Party Service runs the champagne bar and designer restaurant at the show and it, too, is reporting an increase in bookings for both champagne lunches and afternoon teas for the event, compared with previous years' events.

The Designer Wedding Show is said to be the ultimate in stylish pre-wedding parties. Celebrity florists, hotels and other venues -- as well as creators of jewelry, millinery, cakes and stationery who are reliant on the business comes from big-budget weddings -- join fashion designers at the event.

"The Designer Wedding Show produces some of our wealthiest brides, and clients are currently showing no signs of compromising on their dream dress," said Phillipa Lepley, one of London's leading bridal couture designers.

Maddix said brides who attend the Designer Wedding Shows (the spring edition will take place Feb. 13 to 15) spend an average of $156,000 on their weddings and $8,750 on a dress.

The 2007 Designer Wedding Shows drew 5,819 visitors in February and 5,846 in October. This February, 6,012 came to the show, according to Foxglove Events. Tickets are $28 in advance and $31 at the door.

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