Buying your wedding dress at a wedding show - Brides The Show, the catwalk

Last year I exhibited at my first wedding show in a long while, and watched as one exceptionally happy bride saw, tried, and then bought her wedding dress within half an hour of arriving. She was as surprised as anyone to have found ‘the one’ at the wedding show, but she was so happy and I always remember seeing her on that day! But would you buy your wedding dress at a wedding show? Often they’re more useful for seeing wedding dresses in action – seeing a dress in a photograph or on a hanger doesn’t come close to seeing how it will move as you walk, or how the fabric falls and flatters your shape.

The Catwalk at Brides The Show

There will be two distinct catwalk shows running alternately over the course of the weekend of Brides The Show on Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd March.


Brides the Show catwalks London 2014 (2)

Dresses With Drama

“Our first catwalk show embraces all the drama of the couture. With breathtaking beautiful dresses of billowing volume, luxurious fabrics and opulent embellishments. From the ultimate ball gown to whimsical, theatrical shapes make an unforgettable statement with floor-sweeping trains and extreme silhouettes – these are future heirlooms.”

Brides the Show catwalks London 2014 (1)

Roman Holiday

“Reminiscent of the ultimate stylish decade this is a modern interpretation of mid-century dressing in homage to the female form. From the sexy starlet look of Bardot, Loren and Monroe, to the more demure debutante of Hepburn and Kelly. Think iconic shapes and hourglass figures with nipped-in waists. The resurgence of the lingerie-like lace slip dress, a 3/4-sleeved, bateau neck sheath, strappy, dirndl-skirted sundresses in crisp broderie anglaise, a point d’esprit shirtdress with tulle petticoats – flirty, frothy and utterly feminine.”

Times of Shows

  • 10.30 Dresses with Drama
  • 12.00 Roman Holiday
  • 13.30 Dresses with Drama
  • 15.00 Roman Holiday
  • 16.30 Dresses with Drama

Top tips for the bridal catwalk

  1. Avoid the scrum and be in time! There’s often a rush through the doors as the bridal catwalk room opens. To get a good seat arrive in plenty of time as queues can begin 15 minutes before the show starts.
  2. Take a notepad, and check the rules on photography. Will there be camera police? Plan how you’ll remember the dresses, designers and bridal boutiques to visit later.
  3. Head for the early catwalk so you can visit the bridal designers’ stands afterwards and have another look at the dresses you love the most.

My favourite designers to watch out for at Brides The Show 2014

  • Emma Hunt Bridal for Beautiful made-to-measure and bespoke dresses that are elegant, timeless and handmade in London
  • Ritva Westenius for timeless, elegant designs, cut in clean lines and handcrafted with inner corsets and made in latest high quality fabrics, with lace and hand beading
  • David Fielden for cutting edge bridal fashion and statement dresses
  • Temperley Bridal for made-to-order, bespoke and ready-to-wear styles
  • Ian Stuart for theatrical and innovative bridal design
  • Suzanne Neville for beautifully constructed wedding gowns with signature structured bodices. Silhouettes vary from slim fitting bias cuts to full and romantic gowns, always using only the finest silks and hand embroideries

Brides The Show 25% off ticket offer for English Wedding Blog readers!

Don’t forget you can claim 25% off your tickets for Brides The Show as an English Wedding Blog reader!

Brides The Show have kindly offered all English Wedding Blog readers a lovely 25% off ticket prices!

The show takes place in Battersea Park, London on the 22nd and 23rd of March. To get your discounted tickets enter code EW25 when you buy online. This will get you a lovely 25% off single tickets to the show. The offer lasts until March 23rd so until the end of the show and is valid across both days. There is no limit to how many can be purchased.

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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 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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