National Wedding Show Spring 2016 Review
The UK’s original and largest wedding event, the National Wedding Show continues to grow in popularity. Now in three locations, London, Manchester and Birmingham, over three weeks, the Spring shows give 33,000 nervous brides-to-be the chance to fulfil all of their nuptial needs before the big day.
We were lucky enough to visit the latest event at the Birmingham NEC, held between the 4th and 6th March, and found it to be no exception with hordes of future brides, their mothers, sisters and even fiancés in attendance. The opportunity to speak to such a wide range of dressmakers, event planners, cake makers, photographers and more was just too good to miss for those arranging their main event.
Dress to impress
As is usual, the bridal outlets dominated the event, with over 29 stands exhibiting the latest fashions in designer and bespoke wedding dresses. From Justin Alexander to Suzanne Neville to Kitty Chen, there was a range of gowns to suit all tastes and budgets. Not to be outshone however, the cake and flowers stands pulled out some show-stopping displays to turn even the most dress-obsessed of heads.
The Catwalk is always the centrepiece of the event, with 4 shows a day, the flashing lights and booming music are always sure to draw onlookers. However, we found that there were plenty of other unique and innovative stands to pique the interest. One of the most original of stands we came across was www.avagobooths.co.uk, offering a vintage Hackney taxi cab, complete with a full box of costumes and props, to serve as a quirky and fun wedding photo booth!
Let’s go outside
Each event brings with it new and exciting trends and one of the more notable ones this year was the focus on outside weddings. Festival themes, rustic tepees and deluxe Moroccan-style marquees, like those provided by Magic Beans Events, displayed an imaginative alternative to sometimes expensive venue hire. There were also other options on show for couples trying to keep an eye on their costs; a Baileys cart, an old fashioned sweet cart and a make-your-own bunting stand offered novel and budget-conscious alternatives to a more traditional wedding.
Not so much of an idiot abroad
One trend that we noticed a few years ago and that seems to be growing more and more popular is the idea of a wedding abroad. The likelihood of better weather and cheaper overheads meant that overseas wedding exhibitors such as Kanika Hotels, Prado Resorts and Exclusive Yacht Weddings generated a great deal of interest. Pretty much unheard of a decade ago, the opportunity for a couple to say their vows in a luxury, paradise location in front of their close family and friends before returning to the UK for a more informal celebration with their wider social circle seems to now be a realistic, and often more prudent, alternative.
Previously, couples may have been put off booking a foreign ceremony, assuming that the odds of disaster striking would be greater in a different country. Overseas wedding insurance from www.my-weddinginsurance.co.uk can help to ease those fears, offering the option to create a policy tailored to suit specific needs and budget. With one less thing to worry about, you can get on with planning your perfect wedding!