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Tatton Wedding Show: Highlights

I had a really great time at The Wedding Show last weekend and from everything I saw and heard, so did everyone else who was there! If you missed it, here’s your chance to see the best bits in five minutes or less…

Arriving at The Wedding Show in our little car – it was a gorgeous bright and sunny day – perfect for a drive in the country.

Tatton is a grand old country estate with a deer park, gardens and the rest – far nicer than an inner city exhibition centre if you ask me!

The Cheshire Set were out in force. They arrived in some reeeallly nice vehicles like this sparkly vintage minibus (only kidding, Caremore Cars brought this one along). A few moments after we photographed it a bride got in – you could play inside it and everything!

And for a further splash of luxury…

I didn’t see this little beauty in the car park until Gareth pointed it out. More of the Cheshire Set arriving in luxury? No! You can hire this for your wedding. It’s popular for the groom to arrive with his best man in the helicopter: they get to do a couple of laps of where they live and then on to the venue. The guys from The Helicentre were telling me it’s cheaper to hire a helicopter than a chocolate fountain or an ice sculpture.

This is Sue from Diamond Cars. Sue was lovely – I was admiring the cars and we had a quick chat while Gareth snapped away with the camera, in his element with all that shiny vintage chrome stuff. The cars were gorgeous and Sue was ever so helpful and friendly. (Hi Sue!!!)

Look what the Cheshire Set drive! This was the car park…

Actually there were four or five wedding car companies all lined up in a row. The closest you see is Caremore Cars again.

Horgans Cars came in their shiny vintage bus – as previously featured on one of my favourite real weddings on the English Wedding blog!

And then we went on to the marquee entranceway…

Beautifully decked out with this creation from Red Floral Architecture, with an ice sculpture from Glacial Art just behind.

Inside was nice and quiet as we arrived – but by 10:30 it was already busy! This is Henry D Johnstone Jewellers‘ stand, which had a lot of attention through the day.

English Wedding blog favourite Chris Hanley Photography was a very popular stand! We had a chat with Chris and Claire early on Saturday morning – luckily, because after that they were busy chatting to brides and grooms all day!

Lily Rose Events had a really pretty stand – full of pink and cream wedding table settings to showcase their talents for styling wedding venues.

The entrance to the Mahood Marquees area was enticing!

And the cafeteria – at least at ten past ten – was pretty and peaceful (by 4:30 it was covered in bits of cake!)

The catwalk show was secret, and we weren’t allowed to take photos in there. (Well – technically we weren’t allowed to photograph the catwalk show. So I sneaked a quick iPhone shot of the ‘ambience’ in the room.)

The catwalk show was in turns gorgeous and hilarious – because the male models had a bit of a laugh and a joke on stage. I think if I had tried to sneak a photo they’d have pounced on me and made a big joke of it. Glad I didn’t! I’ll try and share some catwalk photographs when the official ones are published.

After the catwalk show we escaped into the grounds of Tatton Park for a breath of fresh air and to publish my first blog post. I could only get a signal on the left plant pot. But it worked! This feature on The Wedding Show came live from Tatton Park (left pot) on Saturday afternoon!

Stretching out the opportunity to grab some peace and tranquility, we escaped into the tipi for a chat with the guys from Event in a Tent. Well worth investigating! And they were really welcoming, very friendly and happy for us to take pictures for the English Wedding blog. Thank you if you’re reading!

I’d spotted this table plan being finished in the cafeteria first thing on Saturday morning, and missed my chance to ask about it then – but this pretty, colourful seating plan from Dragonfly Couture Stationery was perfect for the entranceway to the wedding tipi.

… and a great reminder that there were exhibitors on my list of must-sees I had to get back inside the marquee for! Dragonfly Couture Stationery was a gorgeous display of framed wedding stationery and I’m looking forward to writing some calligraphy samples for them soon.

The sound of the Manchester Sing out Gospel Choir took us straight to the other side of the marquee. Everyone we’ve spoken to since has said how much they loved this!

Then we had to speak to the guys from The Heli Centre (who were lovely)….

…. about a young enthusiast we’d seen playing with their copter outside.

Another very busy stand was Glacial Art ice sculptors. These guys were amazing. I love the ripples around the edge of the ice block – it’s beautiful. They do all kinds of clever things with ice so their ice sculpture website is definitely worth looking at.

Jonathan from A Suit That Fits answered all our questions about bespoke suits and I entered Gareth in the competition to win a suit! If your groom-to-be would like a bespoke suit there’s a brilliant competition on A Suit That Fits’ facebook page: simply get your fella to tag himself on a photo of the swatch he likes best. Quick though – he only has until Friday!

Janey from vintage specialist wedding planner Sweet Days & Roses was so lovely we could have taken her home! (Her stand was also gorgeous – she could have decorated for us too!) My iPhone pic doesn’t do Janey’s stand justice so pop over to wedding photographer Katy Lunsford’s blog post full of beautiful photos of the Sweet Days & Roses stand at The Wedding Show.

There were surprisingly few cakes – at least in the marquee areas we made it to (there were some corners we just didn’t reach during the day!). These are all from Love Cupcakes, whose hand made cakes are baked using fresh ingredients, with free range eggs from a local Cheshire farm, along with other organic ingredients – fab!

If anyone missed my delight at the Red Floral Architecture stand you can read all about it here! Red Floral Architecture on English Wedding.

The Funky Doctors made an impression – definitely worth enquiring about for your wedding entertainment we think! www.thefunkydoctors.co.uk

Gareth and I both loved the wedding table settings by RSVP in the Mahood Wedding marquee and Nightclub. They were created by Juliet Cowper, who charmed us with her enthusiasm for the displays and with the gorgeous tables she’d created. And I fell in love with her calligraphy style – quirky, free-flowing and beautiful (see below).

Another highlight was Paperbird – luxury wedding stationery and ingenious paper crafting with origami and laser cutting techniques. They gave us a tiny little key made from card with their name cut into it… so beautiful it’s on my wall at home. Their wishing trees are beautiful as well.

We took a quick photo around the corner of The Wedding Shop stand (based in Alderley Edge). They were busy all day having featured on the catwalk shows – and their dresses were my favourites from the catwalk show with lovely contemporary shapes and styling.

At the end of the day we caught up – for the second time – with my friend Kelly from Boho Weddings and Events. Kelly’s stand was so quaint and welcoming, beautifully made and with her hubby Nik on hand giving out leaflets (and telling jokes!) We had a lovely chat and wished them well for the Sunday before we made our way home.

… and we drove off into the sunset together, my Gareth with his camera and me, watched by some of Tatton Park’s favourite residents.

These are the exhibitors whose stands we photographed. There are more who we saw, chatted to and LOVED but didn’t have a chance to get a pic of. They’ll be on the blog tomorrow….

More Tatton Wedding Show highlights coming tomorrow from…

Springbank flowers -Kindred Films – My Personal Sanctuary – Kate Lewis Design – Jean Ellis – Charlotte Frances Designs – Inspired by Lisa – Inspired Harmony – Capesthorne Hall – Mossy – Worsley Park – Thoughtful Flowers – Freestyle Fireworks

It’s taken me a little while to absorb everything I’ve seen and heard at The Wedding Show – and I still have a LOT of literature to read through. But I know what I loved best and I thought for anyone who couldn’t make it last weekend I’d share my highlights in one big blog post full of photos – with credits to some of the amazing suppliers I met on Saturday of course!

I’d like to thank the organisers of the show – Laura Donnelly especially for being so welcoming. It was a brilliant day and I am already looking forward to next year! (10th birthday celebrations and some major – secret – plans for the catwalk will be amazing!)

Speaking of catwalks… this was the only place I couldn’t use my camera. However, I scribbled plenty of notes and am ready to write about that part of the day as soon as the official photos are ready – so watch this space!

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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6 COMMENTS
  • chris hanley
    9 years ago

    An engaging and very readable review. I love the way you are able to get across the excitement but also the feeling of missing out on something special for those that couldn’t come to the show. Without doubt it is the premier wedding show in the north west. The visitors are a discerning collection of Brides and Grooms eager to see the very best wedding professionals.
    Notes for future exhibitors: Tatton requires a substantial amount of investment. To see a profitable return on that investment there is no place for mediocrity. You need to have a first class product and first class people skills. If you haven’t you will stand out amongst the crowds but for all the wrong reasons.
    Notes for Brides and Grooms, for a complimentary copy of Bride magazine and for complimentary advice on some of the best pro’s in the industry please get in touch.
    Once again Claire thanks for making coffee breaks a joy
    Chris and Claire

  • clare
    9 years ago

    hiya love i missed you at the show. cant believe i forgot you were there too such a shame to have missed each other. xx

    • Claire
      9 years ago
      AUTHOR

      I know! We’ll catch up soon. Are you doing any more shows? I do want to go and see some more. Saw your name in the guide at 10am on Saturday, put you on our list of must-sees – and just missed you, there was so much in there! You weren’t the only one I was kicking myself for missing on the way home – but if you’re doing more shows this year let me know & I’ll make a special trip to see you! xx

  • Thanks for this, its nice to see what happened and who exhibited!

  • caz
    8 years ago

    Oh my wasnt it wonderful!
    although i had to dash after the catwalk show and im racking my brain trying to think who did a dress we saw was stunning but cant find picture of it on any of the websites in the programme **big sulky face**

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