The National Wedding Show – London, Kensington Olympia

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Last weekend I was lucky enough to get the chance to go to The National Wedding Show in London (Kensington Olympia). My cousin, Gabrielle Prior ( Journalist & Fellow Blogger) came along with me, and we had a great time as VIP members for the day!

This year, The National Wedding Show was sponsored by bareMinerals make up, and we were pleased to get a range of goodies with our VIP ticket, including a bareMinerals lip gloss worth over £14! We were stunned by the amount of freebies and hand outs that the show had to offer, not only for the VIP members, but regular ticket holders as well, including:

STANDARD TICKET HOLDERS (from £14):

a goodie bag full of samples, including:

-Nivea face cream

-Truvia Sugar

– Kellogg’s Special K Cracker crisps

– Tate & Lyle low cal sugar (yes, we thought some of the freebies were a little unusual too…)

– Femfresh

– an Essie nail polish

– Pantene Hair Treatment and more…

– Bride magazine worth £4.50

– various canvas bags of information from wedding suppliers

VIP TICKET HOLDERS (from £35) received all of the previously mentioned, as well as:

– bareMinerals lip gloss OR a bareMinerals mini makeover

– YOUbeauty Discovery Box (granola, L’Occitane Face Cream, Face Serum)

– free glass of champagne

-access to the VIP lounge

-fast track entrance to the show

– reserved seating for the Catwalk Fashion Show

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The show was fantastic, and in fact, somewhat overwhelming as there was just SO much to see and look at it, and so many suppliers to consider! So… future Brides, be prepared and get there early when the show opens ( it gets super busy!)! However, there is so much information and ideas on offer at the show, which is excellent for those of you who have no idea what direction to go in with your wedding, or even if you just need some advice.

I almost wished I could plan another wedding for myself, just so I could try out a different theme, different type of cake, different dress (don’t get me wrong, I absolutely loved my wedding and it was perfect, but there is just so much choice when it comes to weddings and decor – I want to try out everything! This is exactly why I became a Wedding Planner/Coordinator)! It was awe-inspiring, to say the least, and I really must recommend this to any future brides, if you haven’t already been to a Wedding Show.

The highlight of the day for me, was being given a rose and then serenaded by the Singing Waiters (again, because we were VIP!) – they were excellent, what a fun idea for some wedding entertainment!

…..Oh and of course getting to taste Wedding Cake!

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My advice would be to go with your friends, bridesmaids, mother, mother in law…basically, anyone except your fiance. It’s lovely for your fiance to have input in your wedding of course, but I’m sure s/he will get bored silly after 2 minutes – there is A LOT to take in! Make sure you go with someone who’s input you value and who will be helpful and honest, as there are numerous decisions to be made when it comes to planning your wedding, and you need the advice of others so that you don’t get too overwhelmed too quickly – this is only just the beginning of it, so don’t stress yourself out!

On the other hand, if you and your other half are considering a wedding abroad, then I definitely would suggest you go together, as there are multiple stands promoting weddings abroad, including: Malaysia, Tuscany (Italy), Cyprus, Greece, Caribbean – as well as other companies, such as Perfect Weddings Abroad, that cater for Weddings Worldwide. Or, if your Honeymoon is something that is very important to you both – this is a great place to get ideas and see some lovely Honeymoon vacations and offers.

Future National Wedding Show Go-ers – ADVICE!

1. Go Early! (It usually opens at 10am – be there when it does!)

2. Take £££ coins so you can put your coat/scarves/bags away in the cloak room (£1 per item) – it gets warm when you are parading around the stands!

3. Take a sturdy bag ( tote/canvas bag…or preferably a back pack!) for all the millions of flyers, magazines and goodies you will receive

4. Book VIP – if you have the spare £’s, then it really makes the day that much more special and a fun day out!

Overall, it really was a fun and enjoyable day – even though I attended as a Wedding Planner, and not a Bride To Be – I LOVED it and came away with so much new knowledge and a greater grasp on the extent of the Wedding Industry. I really hope to showcase my work at The National Wedding Show in the years to come, and have a stand there to inspire you and your Wedding!

[Unfortunately I am traveling at the moment, but I promise to put photographs up of the various supplier info and goodies I came away with once I get back!]

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