When it comes to wedding planning it can be a daunting prospect trying to find all your suppliers. So it’s no surprise that many a bride-to-be set off for The National Wedding Show, normally with a few bridesmaids and mums in tow. With every element of your wedding in one place it’s a fantastic way to get ideas and seek out some of the best. From stationers to dresses you will find it all and no doubt have a lot of fun in the process. With shows in London, Birmingham and Manchester it’s a fantastic chance to get your wedding planning well underway.
With over 300 of the world’s best designers and wedding suppliers, The National Wedding Show is definitely worth checking out if you are starting out in your wedding planning journey. You get the chance to see beautiful dresses, chat stationery and more all in one place. Plus there are workshops in the Inspiration Lab and talks from industry experts meaning you will come out brimming with ideas for your big day.
There are four shows across the country during September and October with tickets starting from only £14 or you could have one of the lucky VIP tickets for £35 which gives access to the Secret Garden VIP experience – all available from The National Wedding Show website. Even better, if you read on there may be a sneaky offer for all our RMW readers.
The highlight of the day is The Wedding Catwalk where a huge selection of wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, groomswear, mother of the bride and guest outfits are all showcased. Featuring wedding attire from top designers to high street names including Allure Bridals, David’s Bridal, Riki Dalal and Moss Bros, it’s an unmissable opportunity to get ideas for everyone’s outfits all in one place.
If you have attended The Wedding Show with friends in the past you will be excited to know there is a new addition this year. The Inspiration Lab let’s you get all creative and crafty trying out all sorts of fun activities from calligraphy to cocktails. It’s a fun way to spend some time whilst learning a few skills that could come in pretty handy on the big day and even better it’s completely free.
Also new this Autumn is The Style Stage where experts will be on hand to give advice on everything from finding the right dress to learning to de-stress before your big day. As make-up junkies we are particularly excited to hear that luxury French cosmetics house, Lancôme, will run a daily make-up masterclass featuring the latest bridal looks. Anything beauty related is a favourite of ours so The Cosmetics Hub is another must see of the show. International beauty experts such as VIVA Skin Clinics and Dr. Leah Cosmetic Skin Clinics will be giving talks and demonstrations to help you get yourself all ready for the big day with glowy skin and beautiful makeup.
If you manage to persuade your better half to come along then The Grooms’ Room, with Cad & Dandy, is the perfect stop off. We know first hand how amazing Cad & Dandy suits are after our very own Adam sported one for his big day last year. With classic British tailoring, English fabrics and unparalleled choice from a carefully curated range of independent labels.
If you are one of the lucky VIP ticket holders then you will get your very own Secret Garden VIP Experience. If you want your day out to be extra special then this is the ticket for you with reserved seats for The Wedding Catwalk, queue jump and access to the Secret Garden VIP lounge full of hidden treats and surprises. Oh, and there is a goodie bag worth £100 to take home with you after relaxing with your complimentary glass of sparkling coconut water, ginger and vodka from Twisted Halo. Delicious.
Finally, when your feet get weary or you need to debate between the many gowns you’ve seen then you can head to the Champagne bar for a few bubbles with your nearest and dearest. An excellent end to a jam packed day.
Olympia London, 22-24 September 2017
NEC Birmingham, 29 September – 1 October 2017
ExCeL London, 21-22 October 2017
Manchester Central, 28-29 October 2017
Exclusive Rock My Wedding Reader Offer*
You lucky RMW readers can get 2 tickets to The National Wedding Show for just £25, or save £5 on VIP tickets using promo code ‘RMW17’ at nationalweddingshow.co.uk.
*Advanced saving relates to door price of £20 (adult) £35/£40 (VIP). Transaction fee applies. Code expires Thursday prior to each show. Offer valid on standard tickets only. Inspiration Lab free workshops have limited availability on a first come, first serve basis.
Images courtesy of Louise Bjorling Photography. Content varies at each show and is subject to change.