Win Tickets to The National Wedding Show + Five Reasons Why It’s Going to be Amazing!

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Unless you’ve been living in a hole with no WiFi for the past six months, you’ve probably already heard that I’m partnering with The National Wedding Show this season to create the Rock n Roll Bride collection, an alternative wedding showcase at their spring shows!

Let’s be honest, there are a lot of wedding fairs to choose from. Big ones, local ones, hipster ones, vintage ones, alternative ones… you’ve never had so much choice. So how on earth are you supposed to know which ones to actually go to? Well, today I want to let you know five reasons why I think you should come to this one!

1. The sheer size 

I love the cool, quirky, alt wedding fairs, but you just can’t beat The National Wedding Show for the sheer number of exhibitors. Not only is it taking place in three locations – Manchester, London and Birmingham – three consecutive weekends, but each show has over 300 exhibitors! Sure, not all of them will be your cup of tea, but if you want to go somewhere to see a hell of a lot of wedding ideas in one place, this is where you need to be.

2. Meet some amazing alternative suppliers!

In the past I’ve left many wedding shows always wishing there were more interesting and unusual suppliers to see. But that’s now all changing with the addition of the Rock n Roll Bride collection at The National Wedding Show.

I am in charge of the coolest area going, one that will showcase awesome bridal gowns, quirky wedding cakes, fabulous stationery, colourful jewellery and amazing photography. So far we have awesome exhibitors such as Crown and Glory, Jason Charles Jewellery, Leonie Claire Bridal Boutique, Claire Hill Design, Av A Go Booth, Art Cuts, Revival Live Productions and The Case of the Curious Bride… but that’s just for starters! You can see the full list of exhibitors right here.

If you have a wedding business yourself, we still have a few more stands available (particularly for Manchester – come on Northern contingent, don’t let us down!) If you’re interested in taking part, simply email sales@nationalweddingshow.co.uk or call 0207 772 8455. I’ll be at every show too and I can’t wait to talk about you on my social media throughout the weekend!

3. The largest selection of wedding dresses

Finding your dream wedding dress can be a long and laborious process, but the National Wedding Show has one of the largest collections of bridal gowns all in one place.

Featuring a Bridal Zone, Designer Boutique and Bridal Boutique, they bring together an unrivalled selection of bridal shops and designer labels, with something to cater for every taste, budget and style. From mainstream brands to designer labels and made-to-measure, the show holds the UK’s largest collection of wedding dresses under one roof.

You’ll be able to try on as many dresses as you like, with no appointments necessary. This is also the perfect opportunity to buy your dress as many exhibitors will be running exclusive show-only discounts and offers that you won’t find anywhere else.

4. DIY Workshops

One of the things I’m most excited about in the Rock n Roll Bride Collection, is the addition of workshops that you can take part in.

Nestled within the Rock n Roll Bride Café (yes, we get our own café!!) you’ll be able to take part in DIY wedding workshops – taking place on each day of the event. You will be able to choose between three sessions: creating quirky stationery, a cocktail masterclass (ahem, that’s where I’ll be) or a cupcake decorating workshop.

Workshops are free to take part in a first come, first served basis. They will take place at 11am, 2pm, and 3pm.

5. Come hang out with me!

I don’t want to toot my own horn too much, but I’m pretty cool and I love to meet my readers! I will be at all of the shows and I would be so thrilled to meet you. Selfies are always encouraged too so please don’t be shy!

If you haven’t been able to grab a copy of the magazine yet, we’ll be selling them on our stand where you’ll also be able to try on and order pieces from my veil collection with Crown and Glory. We are even working on an exclusive design that you will only be able to buy at the show!

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Win a pair of tickets!

Just to prove how much I want you there, today am giving away five pairs of tickets to the show of your choice.

To enter, all you have to do is comment below and tell me what part of the event you’re most looking forward to. You have one week to enter, until Tuesday 2nd February, and the winner will be contacted via email with information on how to claim their prize.

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Ruby Bloom by Kitty and Dulcie: Wedding Dresses Under £395!

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I have been a long-time Kitty & Dulcie fan. Stylish and quirky wedding dresses under £400 might seem too good to be true, but I promise it’s not! Today sees the launch of their newest collection, Ruby Bloom, and I’m pleased as punch to be sharing them.

The collection comprises of four fashionably stunning, retro-inspired dresses which can be purchased exclusively via kittyanddulcie.com.

Crimson Doll Bridal Gown – £395

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Super Budget yet Super Cool Village Hall Wedding

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Nicole and James set £5000 as the budget for their September wedding, and remarkably they actually spent less than that! Having the day at a village hall, hiring a fish n chip van for catering, and asking guests to bring along dessert, was how they saved the majority of their money. They also didn’t spent a lot on fancy outfits.

“We’ve been to a LOT of weddings, so we had strong feelings about what we didn’t want for ours” Nicole began. “Probably our first decisions were what we wouldn’t have – speeches (boring and cringe), a seating plan (we like relaxed, informal affairs) or chair covers (yuk!) By knowing they were off the table, our more unusual wedding was the only way to go really. I think because we’d been together for so long (we met when we were 17!) we didn’t feel as much pressure to follow traditions that we didn’t see the point of.”

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“We didn’t have a theme, just stuff we liked that we hoped would look OK when it was all in the same room!” she said. “It ended up a bit of a mix of Batman, dinosaurs, festivals, rock music, cake, dancing and games. Somehow it all came together and looked good! We took inspiration from lots of places including Rock n Roll Bride but we never got bogged down in what would ‘go’.”

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How to Plan a Festival Wedding: Being Interviewed by Helen Anderson

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I’ve followed Helen Anderson; YouTuber, Instagram megastar and all round cool girl, for a few years now. I think I first found her when she did a video about how to get pink hair or something! I secretly always thought she was funny, awesome and that if we met we’d probably hit it off immediately.

When she got engaged last year I tweeted her to say congrats and offered to send her a magazine, and to my utter surprise she not only replied, but told me she’d been reading my blog for years too! What followed was a whirlwind internet romance of mutual fangirling (we’re both not ashamed to admit that we’re a little bit obsessed with each other – ha!) and messages like “OMG one day we have to actually meet OK?”

Then, a couple of weeks ago, she emailed me to ask if I’d like to film a video with her all about planning a festival wedding. It took me approximately 5 seconds to reply and we arranged for her to come down to Reading for the interview at my house following week!

As you can see, my predictions were very much correct. I LOVE her. Like, I’m pretty sure we’re officially best friends already. I’ve invited her to the National Wedding Show to come and hang out again too, so it’s not too long until we get to meet again. Yay, aren’t new friends just the best?

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Natural and Effortless Wedding in the Woods

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Tara and Aaron had a woodland wedding in Canada. They wanted their day to feel natural, organic and to be as enjoyable for their guests as possible. “The theme for the day was really brought to life when I chose my wedding dress”, Tara said. “It was dip-dyed so that it had a very subtle purple ombre. That was the moment that our colour palette was chosen. We used lavender, grey, white and green. We wanted everything to look very natural since we were in the woods.”

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The wedding was held at Sunwolf, a five acre woodland setting in the Coast Mountains, an hour from Vancouver. “Our wedding venue was beautiful on its own, so we didn’t need to overshadow that with any bright colours or over the top decorations. I think understated and ‘accidental’ beauty is often much harder to pull off than extravagant beauty. We wanted the event to be beautiful, but to feel natural and effortless, like it just kind of happened that way. We also loved the idea of using light to decorate. I wanted chandeliers in the trees during the ceremony to create a fun juxtaposition of nature meets elegance. I had no idea the chandeliers were actually going to light up; I didn’t learn that until I was walking down the aisle with my parents. I was just blown away by how something so simple could add so much to an outdoor space.”

Photography by Tomasz Wagner http://tomaszwagner.co

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Tattoo-Lovers’ Vintage Vegas Elopement

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There’s just something about a Vegas elopement. Yes, for many people it might seem like a cliché, but I never fail to get excited about seeing a super cool, super in love couple getting hitched on their own terms. After all, there’s nowhere else in the world quite like Las Vegas!

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“Our inspiration was Ainsley and Sebastian’s epic Vegas elopement AKA the coolest wedding you’ve ever blogged!” said Linda. “We had a trip to the US booked but weren’t planning on getting married there, in fact we weren’t even going to Vegas! One day, I was scrolling your blog, saw their wedding and showed it to Dan. We decided then and there to use the trip as an excuse to get married! When we saw that wedding blog we knew that it’s what we wanted to do too! We basically owe it to your blog that we got married at all and had the wedding that we did!”

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