A KINGSWINFORD couple are looking forward to their dream wedding after winning a free ceremony at an open day at Priory Hall.

Wendy Toy, 57, and fiancee Simon Kelly, 53, won the ceremony at a wedding fayre at Dudley's Priory Hall on Saturday March 2 after their names were pulled out of the hat in the free prize draw.

Wendy said: “I couldn’t believe it when we were told that we had won. We had such a lovely day at the wedding fayre anyway, and then when we found out that we were the winners my chin hit the ground, it was amazing.

“We have booked our wedding to take place in April, and I have already spent this extra money we’ve not had to spend on the ceremony on an entirely new wedding dress.

"It’s one of the best things that could have happened.”

The wedding fayre at the Grade II listed building also included the Mayor and Mayoress of Dudley getting re-married in a demonstration to show brides and grooms-to be what to expect from the ceremony.

Around 300 people attended the event to find out more about holding their special day at Priory Hall.

Councillor Judy Foster, cabinet member responsible for register offices, said: "The wedding fayre is always really well attended because each year new activities take place.

"This time the mayor and mayoress were re-married in a demonstration wedding to show attendees what their special day will be like.”

Also new for this year was a popular demonstration of the recently launched sand ceremony, which allows happy couples to pour different coloured sand into a frame to create a keepsake, symbolising the merging of two individuals into a blended pair.