|Flowers: Emma Floral Designs|
|Michele Paradise - Bridal Coach|
Since getting engaged, I have been to a few different wedding shows and fairs. Some local. And some not so local. At the end of last year, I won a Twitter contest through The UK Wedding Shows and bagged myself two free tickets to a wedding show of my choice. Because MG & I haven't been to many wedding-related things together yet, I chose to go to The London ExCel Wedding Show, and on 31st January, we headed down to Londinium to see what was going on.
I am a great believer in attending as many local wedding shows as you can. It's a bit pointless to go to lots of wedding shows outside the area/city/town you are getting married. However, big wedding shows are the perfect opportunity to collect your thoughts and ideas and just get a general feel for the kind of wedding that you want and how you want things to be.
The London ExCel Wedding Show was undoubtedly one of the - if not the best wedding show I've been to so far. Don't get me wrong, the wedding show at Formby Hall I went to last year was great because it was where we found specific vendors we wanted for the big day, but at this show, I discovered a lot more. I asked questions, I talked, I explored, I took inspiration photos....I got a lot more things clear in my head than I had ever before. I don't know if it was because I was with MG, or because I'm a lot more sure of myself as a bride-to-be now. But either way, it was a lovely day out.
The absolute highlights of the show were definitely the catwalk show and the talk we attended by Michele Paradise - a bridal coach. MG had actually been in touch with her on Twitter before the show (get MG and her technological mastery!) We all know what I'm like when it comes to dealing with my personal stress, and I think she wanted to give me the option of having someone to talk to if I needed it. We attended Michele's How to work the camera talk first, and she did really give some incredibly helpful tips for posing, standing and smiling on the day. Things that you just don't think about until the day but that you really should. I don't know about you, but I am so picky when it comes to photographs.
There was such a big queue for those wanting to see Michele after her talk that we didn't actually get round to speaking to her, but I'll definitely be doing searches online nearer the big day looking for any tips and tricks she has published about how not to be a Bridezilla. If you're going to a wedding show in the future and she's there, definitely think about attending one of her talks. Trust me...it's well worth it.
The catwalk show was beautiful. There was such an array of beautiful bridal gowns, mother-of-the-bride ensembles, bridesmaid dresses and suits. If you hadn't got your wedding dress or ideas for your bridesmaids, the show was perfect because it showcased a rage of styles from different designers.
Ordinarily I would say that I recommend going for a more local show, but if you hear of a wedding show coming up from The UK Wedding Shows, then definitely grab your girlfriends, get yourself tickets and go and check it out. It will not only give you loads of inspiration, but it's a really fun day out too!
Ps: If you haven't seen it yet, here is my vlog from The London ExCel Wedding Show (thank you to the lovely people there for letting me film!)