Because my significant(ly handsome) other decided to put a ring on it last month, my attendance at the National Wedding Show over the weekend was definitely a mix of business and pleasure. And intrigue. And lots of chocolate.
Held at London’s Earls Court from the 28th-30th September, The National Wedding Show was a jam-packed exhibition wishing to cater to each and every bridal dream. The Designer Area and Catwalk Shows were, personally, my call to arms.
With eyes a-popping for every Jenny Packham dress that came down the runway, I felt that the catwalk experience was a complete breath of fresh air after the insanity of London Fashion Week. Running for approximately twenty minutes, the production of the show was at a high theatrical standard and catered to wedding party ideas, international/beach weddings, full thematics, mother-of-the-bride suggestions, and everything in between. As every model walked the runway, the digital screen behind her would tell you the designer and location of the retailer/designer in the exhibition for easy access to try on your favourite picks. If only shopping was always as experiential!
After the show, I did a little browsing and ending up at ‘The Wedding Theatre‘ which was hosting bridal coaching sessions with professional fashionista Michele Paradise and flower expert Mathew Dickinson as well as a seminar from the guys at Rock My Wedding who were teaching a gaggle of future brides how to personalise their special day on a budget.
Being that we won’t be planning our wedding for at least one year, I felt that a woman or man actively planning their nuptials would take much more from the experience – on discounts alone – but that it was an inspiring way to spend the day (especially in the specialised Vintage Area).
(The show will be taking over the Birmingham NEC from the 5th-7th of October so I suggest all Brummie babes and Brides-to-Be take a look!)