Once again wedding show season is upon us. The chance for the biggest wedding suppliers to come together and present their latest products and services to the bridal public. In this article we report on The National Wedding Show which has a selection of top wedding specialists and suppliers, enabling you to source services and products suitable for your special day, and it’s all under one roof.
With the wedding market being even more competitive it is important to do your research and that you compare suppliers for your big day. There are so many companies that cover similar services, the real task is finding the right one for you and your budget. Wedding fairs can be a mixture of inspiration and a sea of overwhelming things to think about, It is always good to have an idea of what you are looking for before heading to a show. This way you can choose your focus.
During the preparation for our wedding we attended a selection of fairs to get ideas and to see if there were any new exciting trends that were hitting the market. We often went to different shows to even to get in the wedding mood. It is a day out and time you can spend with your fiancé or even your wedding party, plus you also get lots of freebies, drink and cake tasters so what’s not to love.
On Sunday 25th September Andrew and I set off to London Olympia to visit the National Wedding Show. Olympia was filled with a vast amount of suppliers, which expanded on to 2 floors of the exhibition centre.
“With inspiration, help and advice from over 250 wedding specialists, thousands of dresses from all the leading designers and a show-stopping Wedding Catwalk, The National Wedding Show is the ultimate day out for planning the perfect wedding!” - The National Wedding Show
Brands we loved at the show
Catwalks were running throughout the day and showcased a variety of bridal fashion brands. The catwalk was inventive with expressive dance including ballet and Scottish dancing. Stunning bridal and bridesmaid gowns adorned the catwalk as well as some groomswear styles.
Glamour Hunter was another brand that really stood out on the catwalk with their theatrical gowns from their 7th Kingdom collection. They describe their 7th Kingdom as delicate, tender, fragile and mysterious, we love this brand.
Other bridal fashion brands that also stood out for us were Berketex bride, Ivory & Co, Ruth Milliam, Qiana Bridal and Madison James.
We found some great vendors which are definitely ones to watch. One of my favourite new accessory brands on the block is Nichola Ruby. Nichola Ruby is a young entrepreneur who has very recently launched her new range of bespoke, hand-made head pieces and bridal accessories. Her attention to detail and skill to create such beautiful pieces stood out in the show. Nichola Ruby is one to watch for 2017.
Donna Crain’s accessories also caught our attention at the show. Donna describes her collections as sophisticated boho style from vintage hair vines and Hollywood glamour to romantic floral creations.These beautiful designs stand out and bring the tiara into the forefront for a modern day bride.
Menswear is always limited at wedding shows so it was good to see a true fashion brand coming the through.
The Moss Bros Tailor Me range is something more unique than their traditional suit rental service. The chance to be apart of the design of your wedding suit is at your finger tips. Stunning tweeds, linings and button details can add that something different to the grooms outfit for the day. The trend of traditional tweed mixes with vintage florals is key this season and Moss bros has captured this here in their range.
Marc Darcy London is a heritage mens brand that we came across whilst on a brisk and rainy day out in Camden this summer. We fell in love with the detailing and traditional flare of tweed and textured wools. Attention to detail through quirky prints, the addition of luxe fabrics really makes Marc Darcy stand out against the competition. It’s great to see these brands representing groomswear at the show.
Other show highlights
A modern take on wedding cakes has been coming through the trends for the past few years. The traditional layered cake is being replaced and even decoration is becoming more stylised. Miniature gateau or cakes are replacing the typical three tiered cake. Le papillon patisserie made this stunning tiered creation. A single top tier for the couple to cut and smaller tastes for the guests to try. This is a really sweet addition to traditional wedding cake.
We love anything a little quirky at Angelia, A fun addition to an outdoor wedding is this vintage bar by Vintage Van Hire. Based in London this unique van hire company offers a vintage van for photography purposes, to serve canapés and drinks or to use as a sweet buffet, the choice is yours. We love the idea of using a van to have an outdoor prosecco pop bar.
Interior decor also plays a big part in creating a stunning wedding. Couples often forget about dressing their venue to bring their personalities into their day. Amie Bone Flowers and Events had a truly stunning stall with a ceiling of florals which was a rich display bringing the outdoors indoors. It really stood out as a masterpiece of styling with a enchanting fairy tale bordering on mysterious. Perfect for a secret garden or styled Alice themed wedding.
The national wedding show is a good fair to visit, it shows nationally in London, Birmingham and Manchester. It is a great day out for all of the wedding party. It leads more towards to a
commercial side looking at highstreet brands such as Moss Bros, Debenhams, Ghost and David Bridal. There are other events going on throughout the day so you can make the most of your visit by experiencing the express nail bars, feel good zone full of training advise and expertise from fitness specialists, DIY creative classes which show you how to add a personal touch to your invitations, decor and so much more.
Ticket prices are dependant on the show that you attend. This year the show was priced at for a standard ticket is £16 or you can upgrade to a VIP ticket for £25 which includes exclusive benefits such as a good bag of beauty products, a complimentary glass of bubbly, wedding magazines, make overs from Revlon and Urban Retreat, reserved Catwalk Show seating and so much more.
As ticket prices can become quite costly, so don’r forget to keep an eye out for voucher codes for 2 for 1 deals closer to the dates of the bridal show you want to attend.
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