Once again we opened our doors to thousands of engaged couples, family and friends looking for wedding suppliers, advice and inspiration for their big day! With an array of inspired exhibitors from circus themes to rhyming speech writers, no stone was left unturned. Our spring shows are an essential visit before the start of the summer wedding season, a great place to find reliable, experienced suppliers and whole lot of inspiration! – Find some of our spring 2019 highlights below.
Champagne walls – The Adult Alternative to Doughnuts
This one doesn’t need much explaining…Who doesn’t love the idea of a whole wall full of glasses of champagne?! You can personalise with name tags and table numbers, stack in front of a stunning backdrop and include soft drink alternatives for the non-drinkers and kids. If you’re on a budget a champagne wall is a fun way to provide a free drink for your quests whilst rationing that precious fizz!! You can go one step further and pour the bubbly from personalised I Heart Wines bottles!
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Bottom row: Neon & Blush
Irresistible Grazing Tables
We love this new trend of feeding your guests with an aesthetically-pleasing display of tempting food. Grazing tables have taken the catering industry by storm and created a real buzz at our shows! A stylish alternative to the more traditional buffet.
Shaped Wedding Rings
Visitors had the opportunity the try on multiple wedding rings to find the perfect fit and shaped wedding rings stood out as a new favourite. Shaped wedding rings are designed to sit against the engagement ring to create one beautiful design which proved popular with brides-to-be with unique engagement ring styles.
Left: The Shaped Wedding Ring Company. Right: Ring By Design
Sustainable Flower Alternatives
The world is talking about sustainability and wedding suppliers want to make sure there are alternative options for those planning a wedding! Visitors at Shropshire Petals stand had the chance to pick their personalised petal colour scheme while feeling guilt free as Shropshire Petals offer eco-friendly, sustainable petal confetti, in every shade imaginable! The petals are biodegradable and were picked by TV star Billie Friars for her Maldives wedding!
The Dark Bloom Collective offer a bespoke service that includes drying out your wedding flowers, preserving the flowers and then arranging them into a personalised display ready to be kept as a keepsake forever. A creative way to always have a visual memory and not waste the beautiful flowers after the big day.
Left: Dark Bloom Collective. Right: Shropshire Petals
The Best of British Boutiques
The Bridal Boutiques stunned on the runway, showcasing this seasons trends such as feathers, wedding trousers and beading. Visiting a bridal boutique to try on wedding dresses is every brides rite of passage and there were many options for a future bride to be inspired by! Visitors had the opportunity to try dresses from multiple boutiques, directly order dresses with exclusive at the show discounts and book future appointments and fittings with their chosen boutique.
If you caught one of our catwalks you heard the crowds reaction to these eye-catching sparkly dresses! They went down a treat and its easy to see why. Brands such as Oriental Pearl and Goddiva showcased their sparkly gowns with a range of wedding, bridesmaids and evening dresses. A sure-fire attention grabber!
Neon Signs Are Here To Stay!
A colourful addition to your décor; neon signs are an unforgettable statement and provide a stylish focal point and, more importantly, a photo opportunity! We saw the VIP area at EventCity Manchester lit up with the below flower wall and sign duo and there were many other examples of how to include neon signs in your wedding day styling.
Top left& Right : The Word is Love. Top Middle: POP Balloons and Events. Bottom: Artlectric Events
wedify Live Lands At The National Wedding Show!
Alongside the Style Stage and Inspiration Lab there was also the addition of wedify Live! A talk stage hosted by wedify that included expert talks such as The Essential Guide To Choosing Your Wedding Videographer with Shoot It Yourself, How To Avoid A Wedding Day Disaster – Top Tips For Choosing The Right Wedding Suppliers with The National Association of Wedding Professionals and Tricks of the Trade – How To Make Savings On Your Wedding Budget with Beyond Events.
To find out more about wedify click here.
On The Style Stage there were talks from London Beauty Artists as well as tutorials on Mother of the Bride make-up with Look Fabulous Forever, Bridal hair with Vicki Lord and How To Obtain A Heathy Wedding Glow Through The Food You Eat with Jenna Hope Nutrition
The Inspiration Lab had many great workshops on including jewellery making, flower crowns, modern calligraphy lessons & Corsage Making.
The VIP Experience
The VIP areas looked amazing across the shows! Features included photobooths, flower walls, temporary tattoo stations and the all important prosecco bar! VIP guests sipped on a glass on prosecco courtesy of I Heart Wines. The goody bags where packed full of goody’s such as Dr. Organic products, Raffaello Chocolates and Love, Beauty and Planet goodies. VIP guests were also treated to front row seating at the catwalk, the ideal place to soak up bridal trends.
Read more: The National Wedding Show VIP Experience
Join us in Autumn for more wedding planning fun where we plan to create many more highlights! Tickets for our autumn shows are now on sale, we always recommend booking them in advance to save on the door price.
Autumn 2019 dates:
Olympia London 20-22nd September
NEC Birmingham 27-29 September
ExCeL London 12-13 October
Manchester Central 26-27 October