I popped along to the National Wedding Show at Earls Court over the weekend to see if I could find any inspiration to share with my Peach Trees readers and it really didn’t disappoint. The wedding industry is pretty crazy at the best of times, but it’s always interesting to see what the latest trends and fashions are.
As a recently engaged person, I most enjoyed the catwalk show – it’s really cool to see what the bridal gowns of next season are like and it’s great for giving you ideas. Wedding shows can be somewhat bizarre experiences, but I would recommend going to one in the run up to your wedding, just in case you stumble across a supplier, a style, or an idea you really love.
Here are 10 things I learned at the show:
- Teeth whitening hen dos are a thing. No, seriously. There’s a place on Harley St where you can book in with your bridal party. They close the clinic, get a load of nibbles in, and then each person gets their teeth whitened. Yep.
- Someone will, at some point, try and take off some of your hair. I was accosted by a lady selling those little sandpaper pad things you rub on your skin to remove hair. When I told her I’d shaved my legs that morning, she asked to feel my leg to check. When I declined, she grabbed my arm and tried to sandpaper off my arm hair, then feigned complete shock when I snatched my arm back going OUCH.
- There aren’t many stands for things you might actually need, like bunting and wedding insurance. I took a single flyer for wedding insurance (John Lewis, if you’re interested) and did not find any of the twee crap I was really looking for. I had pictured coming back with reams of fairy lights at a decent price. This was not to be.
- The song du jour for wedding stuff is the one from the Thomas Cook advert, Simon the Ogre.
- There is a bridal lingerie section of the catwalk where all the (ridiculously skinny) models appear in white bras and knickers, heels, and veils. It was slightly creepy.
- None of the catwalk brides were more than a size eight and not one of them was wearing full body spanx, which I thought was a bit dishonest.
- If you are happy trying on wedding dresses in a warehouse with 1000 other people, then you stand to find a real bargain at a big wedding show. If you’re picturing finding your perfect dress with your two best friends while sipping champagne in a small boutique, this is not the event for you.
- There are several things you might find at a big wedding show, including: live music, photographers, videographers, dresses, florists, and gimmicks like Marryoke. It’s better for finding big name suppliers than small local ones (duh). There is also a huge representation for weddings abroad, so if you’ve not found a venue yet or you’re thinking about tying the knot overseas, you can talk to people from Cyprus, Greece, etc who will try to entice you with pictures of blue skies and white sand.
- Telling a cake maker that you made your sister’s wedding cake last week makes their face do a funny thing. I basically had the flyer snatched back out of my hand by two different suppliers. Which is fine, because Little Bear Cakery is making my cake any way. You can psych them out simply by asking about dowels and infrastructure.
- Whatever you do, do not go to one of these events on your own. You might find some amazing things for your wedding, or you might not. But you will definitely find some things to have a giggle over (ass-less spanx, anyone?).