On Sunday in York, the Principal Hotel hosted their annual wedding show. This grand building and handsome grounds, which also makes for a wonderful wedding venue, invited a selection of premier wedding makers to display their offerings. As budding brides and grooms peruse the stalls, fizz in hand, there are opportunities to choose every part of the big day. From bridal gowns and flowers to live music and décor.

Many couples take this day beyond the event and into the city. York has an essence which lends itself to romance, and as such there are a variety of places that are apt to visit around the fair. We took a look at some of the ways to make the most of it…

Whilst some may have found their dream dress at the Principal, those looking for something a little different can check out Bridal Reloved. This unique chain of sixteen boutiques across the country sells high-end pre-owned wedding gowns. The concept is far from a second-hand jumble sale, as quality is kept extremely high and the style impeccable. The York store on Mickelgate stocks a selection of fine vintages, from unworn and worn once to samples and seconds. Perfect for a sustainable and affordable alternative without compromise.

Next up: flowers. Plenty of which are required to complete the feel and the look throughout the day. York has a couple of standout florists who cater for weddings. Fulford Flowers is a gorgeous looking little shop that has a great reputation for supplying wonderful wedding arrangements. They’ll work with you to create some truly memorable floral designs. The York Flower Company in Clifton is an independent online shop who specialise in beautiful fresh bouquets. For weddings, these can be personalised specifically for your desires and delivered in and around York ready for your big day.

Right in the city centre, there is a terrific family business whose name says it all: The Hat Shop. Perhaps more a feature for the guests than the marrying couple, some fine headwear can finish off that wedding outfit marvellously. Here, there are a huge range of hats for men and women by top British and international makers. So, let’s don our bowlers, attach our fascinators, and make Cilla proud.

With all of this shopping, you’ll surely need a stop off to eat, drink and relax. Well, why not make this part of the experience too? A visit to Plush will keep up the special occasion vibes like nowhere else. Take your pick from three rooms – garden, neon and bohemian – and enjoy a time that is both enormous fun and elegant sophistication. The brunch, lunch and afternoon tea are all as impressive as the quirky colourful setting, and you can even take away a wedding gift from Plush’s boutique store. This could be the perfect place to fall in love.