Going to a wedding show is such a fun day out. But there are a few key things you need to know before you visit to make the most of it.
Here are nine key things every bride or groom needs to know before visiting a wedding show – like The National Wedding Show – complete with expert advice from those in the know.
1. Do Your Research
Before you go to the show, check who is exhibiting and look at which suppliers you still need to book for your big day. You can visit The National Wedding Show’s website and see who will have a stand, so you can make a list of which suppliers you need to visit – this will help you to not feel overwhelmed when you arrive!
With hundreds of exclusive offers from exhibitors, nothing beats actually going to the shows and meeting the suppliers in person to see if they can deliver your vision.
2. Make a Plan
Now you’re armed with your list, sit down with whoever you’re going to the show with and make a plan. What time will you arrive? When are the catwalk shows? What time will you stop for lunch? Planning out your day, including who you absolutely need to see, will make it much easier to stay organised on the day.
3. Upgrade if You Can
“Our VIP experience transforms your visit from a lovely day out into a fabulous opportunity to treat yourself and enjoy some luxury as you plan your wedding,” reveals The National Wedding Show director, Cassandra Denman. “You’ll get exciting perks such as a complimentary glass of bubbly in the exclusive VIP lounge, reserved seating for the catwalk shows and fantastic goody bags containing treats from our official makeup partner, Lancôme.
“If you really want to treat yourself, go for the Deluxe VIP experience, which includes a gift box worth £70, containing a valuable selection of gifts including a bottle of I Heart Prosecco for two, a handsome A5 linen wedding journal, Top Tips For Weddings hardback book, a Happily Ever After candle by Katie Loxton and a Valentine nail varnish from London Grace!”
Book VIP or Deluxe VIP tickets to The National Wedding Show here.
4. Allow A Whole Day
With exclusive offers from local restaurants, attractions and discounts at local retailers to shop till you drop – visitors of The National Wedding Show can keep the party going all day (or even better all weekend).
Why not book lunch at The Gun or Gaucho and receive a free glass of bubbly before attending the show? Or head straight from the show after some wedding planning to the Icon Outlet at the O2 to get 10% discount on top of already discounted brands. Now that’s a day well spent!
5. Watch the Fashion Shows
Get down to the catwalk with time to spare to make sure you’ve got a good spot to see the models and the wedding fashion up close! If you have a VIP ticket, you have seating guaranteed so you can experience the FROW for yourself.
Watching the models on the catwalk allows you to see wedding dresses in a whole new light. You’ll see the details glitter under the spotlights and be able to assess how the fabric moves. It really does bring them to life.
You’ll also get to see the latest groomswear, bridesmaid and mother of the bride/groom fashion!
6. Dress Sensibly
If you really want to make the most of the show, make sure your footwear is comfortable and you’ve got layers, in case you get too warm whilst you’re zooming about planning your big day.
“A day out at the show is a great excuse to get dressed up,” says Cassandra, “but you don’t want to have aching feet or be uncomfortable as you browse all the aisles!”
7. Be Prepared to Get Involved
You might want to try on some dresses at the show. If that’s the case, make sure you’ve got the right kind of underwear with you. It’s best to go for pale or flesh-coloured underwear so it doesn’t show through the dresses when they’re on.
If you’re going with the view to try and maybe even buy your wedding dress, it might be worth bringing a pair of shoes similar in heel height to your wedding shoes with you. Then you can get a feel for how the dress will fall.
8. Ask Questions
The National Wedding Show provides couples with an experience that is getting rarer and rarer – a face to face meeting with your potential suppliers, where you can explain what you want and ask questions. So, if you want to make the most of this opportunity, don’t forget to draw up a list of questions you have for different suppliers.
9. Take Pictures if You Can
It’s a good idea to take pictures of the stuff you love if you’re not booking on the day (although you tend to get a better deal when you book at the show!) so you can remember who you’ve seen.
Do check with the suppliers beforehand though to see if they’re happy for you to take photos. Some people prefer that you don’t.
If you haven’t already got your tickets to the show, what are you waiting for? You can book your tickets for The National Wedding Show here – use the code SEETICKETSBLOG2 to get standard ticket for £15 and VIP tickets for only £30!
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