The National Wedding Show 2018 Highlights

Thousands of engaged couples along with their friends and family joined us at our autumn season of events to plan their dream day. No corner of wedding planning remained unexplored with suppliers covering traditional country houses to quirky, cartoon-inspired bouquets. We’ve put together 2018 highlights from our shows in London, Birmingham and Manchester to inspire you for your own wedding planning.

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Fetti & Bow

Inspiration around every corner

Every year we’re excited to see what suppliers will bring along and this year was no different. Each stand showcased the skills of our many talented suppliers who definitely enjoyed showing off what they can offer couples planning their wedding. Vintage and rustic styling was a strong trend with lots of heavy florals, foliage and calligraphy.

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Cake for all!

An obvious favourite for every visitor. There was no shortage of extravagant cake designs at our shows this autumn; at Olympia, Ann’s Designer Cakes showed off their multi-tiered creations, while over in Manchester Debbie Gillespie Cake Design brought her exquisitely crafted gateaux.

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Left: Daisy and Fred

Whether you’re a Harry Potter enthusiast or French Fancy fanatic there were many original and unique takes on the classic wedding cake.

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Left: Debbie Gillespie Cake Design

The 3 tiered classic lives on… Feed the crowds with one of these beautifully created cakes.

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David’s Bridal

Bridal fashion takes to the runway

Visitors flocked to the much-loved catwalk shows to see the latest bridal designs from boutiques, high street shops and independent designers. VIP ticket holders were treated to reserved seating so they could see the lace details and beaded features up close. Some of the brands showcasing wedding dresses were Ladybird, Georgina Scott Bridal, David’s Bridal, Katya Katya London and Maggie Sottero.

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Left: Wedding Style Collective. Right: Oriental Pearl

And it wasn’t just the brides who could get inspired for their wedding day attire. Menswear brands such as Moss Bros and Peter Posh showcased their suits for all the groomsmen of the party. Baroque Boutique, Nigel Rayment and Sassy Boutique ensured the Mothers of the Brides could find the perfect ensemble.

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Left: Sassy Boutique. Right: Peter Posh.

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Rock the Frock

The perfect place to find… ‘the one’

We were joined by some of the finest boutiques around the country at each of our shows where brides could try on dresses without booking appointments in advance. Halo & Wren, Rock the Frock, Ivory and Co Bridal, Bicester Bridal and others brought along dresses from their latest collections. With hundreds of different styles, cuts, lengths and fabrics it was the perfect place to browse the gowns and meet bridalwear experts.

Right: Eden Keshia

DIY workshops

Bridal parties enjoyed the perfect pre-hen-do with free creative workshops in the Inspiration Lab. With classes including calligraphy, floristry, watercolour and even biscuit decorating everyone enjoyed rolling up their sleeves and learning a new skill or two.

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Very Important Planners

VIPs were invited into the exclusive lounges at our shows to relax and sip on a hand-crafted raspberry gin and tonic courtesy of Manchester Gin. Each of our VIP lounges were styled by some of the best in the business with a different theme at each.

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Left: Olympia VIP lounge styled by Lavenders of London. Right: VIP visitors take a photo booth snap.

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Left: Our Birmingham VIP lounge styled by Boelle Events. Right: Our Manchester VIP lounge styled by Qube Events.

Join us in 2019 for more wedding planning fun! Tickets for our spring shows are now on sale, we always recommend booking them in advance so you save on the door price.

Spring 2019 dates:
Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle 26-27 January
Olympia London 15-17 February
NEC Birmingham 1-3 March
EventCity Manchester 9-10 March
ExCeL London 13-14 April

Book your tickets here.