Desperate Search for Fashion Mannequins

Posted: 27/07/2009

A Shropshire church is ending out an urgent appeal for mannequins, tailor’s dummies or dress making forms to ensure they can go ahead with their Wedding Show. People at St Mary’s Church in Highley desperately need the models to display dresses at a Wedding Show, planned for October.

"We have offers of dresses but are reluctant to take any more until we have the means to display them," said Suzan Williams, one of the organisers. "The idea is to display dresses through the last few decades alongside local providers of the things that make a church wedding very special."
The Wedding Show has already signed up a local florist, a Flower Club, a Charity Wedding Shop based in nearby Wellington, Telford and an upmarket dress and hat shop from Bridgnorth. They are still looking for other local businesses to get involved.
"We are really pleased with response so far," added Suzan. "We will have a Harpist playing in the church and the vicar Clive Williams (no relation) and the curates Clive and Val standing by to advise and encourage couples to find the right things for their own wedding services. We also want to prove that you do not have to spend the sorts of sums mentioned in so many magazines about the cost of a wedding."
The Diocese of Hereford, of which Highley is part, is a major provider of wedding venues in the region.  More than seven hundred couples marry each year in the churches of South Shropshire and Herefordshire. The Church of England plays its part through its public advocacy for marriage and practical presence in every community.  Through its national network of 16,000 churches it offers safe and sacred places for celebration and conciliation. They also offer lots of advice for couples on their website,
"If anyone has a spare mannequin, dummy or form we can borrow, we would be very grateful," said Suzan. "If you have one please give me a ring on 01746 862633 and we can make arrangements for delivery. It will be put to very good use on the day.
The Highley Wedding Show is planned for the weekend of October 10th/11th and will include a special service for those married between 1989 and 1999!