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It’s been a long while since I went to one of the BIG wedding shows – and while I miss meeting all the wonderful suppliers, something between principles and fear stops me stepping across the threshold of those mega exhibition venues…

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Image credits for the full article today:  Nova Wedding Photography

For me, wedding shows are all about the independent smaller businesses. They bring together amazing suppliers and give us the opportunity to meet creative designers who will inspire us and become a part of our weddings. Wedding shows can be overwhelming, but take one stand at a time and you’ll discover the very best of the UK wedding market.

Designers and crafters pour their hearts and souls into what they do – and discovering one or two of these incredible, dedicated wedding suppliers can transform your wedding and make it magical. I’m not against big wedding shows by any means, I just know they can be overwhelming and I don’t want you to miss out on the very best side to them…

I don’t like crowds so much. I like event management companies even less! I know many brides find big shows stressful and intense. (Not to mention grooms…) It’s the same for suppliers, I promise. The secret? Finding a wonderfully sparkling little gem of a business amongst the likes of Moss Bros and Alfred Angelo.

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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.

 

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Dresses With Drama

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Whether you love or hate the idea of wedding shows, they’re one of the very best ways to find essential wedding suppliers. I recommend visiting at least one wedding show to meet wedding photographers and film makers, and talk to designers of everything from wedding cakes to invitations and flowers. Today I bring you an offer from The National Wedding Show – I’ll hand over to Amelia to tell you more!

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January Ticket Offer – 20% Off

Plan the day of your dreams at The National Wedding Show, Britain’s most loved wedding event.

Whether you’re dreaming of a traditional fairytale wedding, seeking more of a cutting edge and contemporary affair, or even planning a destination wedding, The National Wedding Show is the ultimate shopping destination. With over 250 wedding experts specialising in everything from stunning wedding gowns to show stopping flowers, charming photography to bespoke accessories and delicious cakes to dream honeymoons, you are sure to find everything you need to plan your big day.

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Hello lovely blog readers – I hope you’re having lovely days, doing lovely things (or at least not working too hard 😉 If you’d like a little distraction for a moment or two, then I have a question about UK wedding fayres you could really help me with.

bouquet by Red Floral photo credit Damian Hall

Bouquet by Red Floral – famous for stunning, contemporary wedding show displays. Photo credit Damian Hall. Click the image to see more from their Alternative Britannia wedding shoot!

Wedding fayres – love ’em or hate ’em, they are as vital as wedding magazines to the UK wedding industry. A great place to meet essential wedding suppliers in person, and a source of inspiration to couples everywhere.

Our UK wedding fayres need a good shake-up, don’t they?

There are bad wedding fayres out there. (Often the ones who spell ‘fayre’ with a y. As lovely bride Tanya once told me, it’s not even a real old-fashioned word. I’m using it in a slightly ironic way)