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.

Exclusive reader discount

If you’re not lucky enough to win, fret not, because I am also offering ALL readers a whopping 40% off tickets. Simply enter discount code RNROLL at the checkout.

Yep, things are pretty darn exciting around here right now. The shows are taking place in Manchester on 20-21st February, London from 26-28th February and Birmingham on March 4-6th. I’ll can’t wait to see you there!

Ts & Cs

♥ Five Rock n Roll Bride reader will win a pair of tickets to The National Wedding Show, which can be redeemed at the location of their choice. Prize is for the tickets only and does not include travel or accommodation.
♥ Closing date for entries is 02/02/2016. The winners will be selected at random and emailed after that date.
♥ Contest open to all Rock n Roll Bride. If you are under the age of 18, you must be accompanied by an adult.
♥ Only 1 entry per email address.
♥ If for any reason the advertised prizes are unavailable, The National Wedding Show reserves the right at their absolute discretion to substitute a similar prize of equivalent or greater value. None of the prizes may be exchanged or transferred and no cash alternative will be offered.
♥ By entering the draw, you hereby warrant that all information submitted by you is true, current and complete.
♥ Liability cannot be accepted for entries which are lost in transit or not received due to technical difficulties.
♥ The National Wedding Show’s decision and any decision taken by the promoter is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
♥ No purchase necessary.

83 comments

  1. Stacey Pearson

    I’m looking forward to the DIY workshops- would love to do this with my OH and maybe feel a bit more confident at doing them ourselves!

  2. Jem

    Deffo looking forward to the rock n roll bride section for sure! Also, I HAVE to see the exclusive crown and glory headgear.

  3. Marie Stenson

    I cant wait to actually go to a wedding fair and see things that are suit the wedding I have been dreaming of, Not a white wedding but a colourfull one with everything I love. Just thanks for bringing Rock N Roll Bride to Manchester.

  4. Hello!
    I’m most looking forward to spending the whole day at the NWS getting drunk with my mum as she lives in London and I don’t see her very often. We can’t wait to see the stalls you’ll be bringing. RockNRollBride is fantastic and loads of the ideas you have suit me and my partner down to the ground. We’re actors and a bit weird 😉 I’ve sent my website incase you wanted to see a photo of my dog, who is one of my bridesmaids. Hahaha. lots of love, Joi xx

  5. Sarah-Jane Scott

    I’d be heading straight to meet the Rock n Roll Bride crew to get myself some amazing colourful bits to take back up to Ndwcastle with me 😀

    xo

  6. Hazel

    I’m going to be a huge suck up and say I’m most looking forward to trying on the crown and glory veils! I’m normally not really a notice me kind of person but on your wedding day I say sod it!

  7. Would mostly be excited to hear from you guys! I’ve been to a few of the National wedding fairs and it’s definitely been lacking some alternative ideas and creativity, so would be awesome to see you guys have your spin on things 🙂

    Also I’ve got a few things left to do before my wedding in June, so need some ideas from it!

  8. Clare woolford

    I am most looking forward to seeing you .I am such a big fan.! (I don’t do stalking so don’t worry 😂)

    Also I am not really into all these wedding fairs and feel i dont quite fit in. But knowing that rock n roll bride will have a pitch at one has given me more of a reason to go 😊

  9. The Rock-Glory collab section! It’d be ace to see the veils in the flesh (as it were) and my interest is more than a little piqued by this talk of a new design… 😀 x

  10. Victoria Everingham

    DIY wedding workshop!!! Seriously a cup of tea, crafts & rock n roll bride! Best day EVER!!

  11. Johanna

    As if there is any question- I’m most looking forward to visting the Rock and Roll bride section and meeting the woman who started this phenomenon!

  12. Anneka Organ

    Im looking forward to literally everything!!! But to be honest im looking forward to meeting Kat Williams most of all. If it wasn’t for her maqazine and website I wouldn’t of had the ideas ive had so far for my wedding, its soo nice to pick up a wedding magazine that I can relate to more than any ive read before, its helped me millions.But to win tickets to this event would be soo amazing as ive never been to anything like this before and would love to experience it before my big day!! fingers crossed.

    Anneka xx

  13. Charli

    Other than the chance to meet Kat (who is actually my hero!) I would love to take part in the DIY classes. Our wedding is on a shoestring budget, so we will be doing as much as possible ourselves, so getting tips would be amazing!

  14. We cant wait for the show! We hope you have time to come check our stand out Kat! We have some awesome attractions there and just to name one, we have ‘Zoltar’ from the film BIG 🙂

    Look forward to seeing you there!
    Rachael @ THE entertainment Xchange

  15. Holly Smith

    My whole theme is eco friendly DIY so I would love to attended the DIY stationary workshop so I can make my own stationary and invites and make sure I’m using recycled materials to stick with my theme <3

  16. Michelle

    Oooo dress fest!!! Being able to try on the dresses and of course try your fab new veils

  17. vicki

    erm….no brainer…the rock and roll bride section! it’s so good to see some more alternative vendors at a big show and not just the usual white floofiness!

  18. Kelly Norton

    I’d love to win as all the wedding fares I’ve been to have filled me with dread as soon as I walked through the doors….from bullying toastmasters to someone in shock that I’m not wanting a candy cart. I’d love to spend the day with like minded sellers and brides to be! Also would love to try on some pieces from the new veil collection.

    Kelly x

  19. Emily Grose

    Can’t wait to a) meet Kat, b) finally see a good chunk of alternative suppliers at a mass market wedding fair, and c) make awesome stationery while scoffing cupcakes and cocktails (I can totally do all 3 workshops simultaneously, right?!).

    Yup, it’s so good I had to itemise it 😉 x

  20. Michelle Macary

    I would be most excited about trying on any of the crown & glory RNR veils as I still can’t decide on what will go with my dress that my mum is making. Pinterest has been a nightmare for confusing me so would be great to see all of the alternative stalls for inspiration – we are not having a traditional wedding at all! Plays my best bud has had a rough past few months so it would be a welcome distraction for both of us (she’s engaged too!) x

  21. Beth

    I’m looking forward to checking out all the decor stands and getting inspiration! I’m also excited about trying out the photo booths as still yet to book one for my wedding!

  22. Jo Wright

    I really just want to come and try on veils! I’m having real trouble deciding what I want and it’s hard to find any to have a proper look.

  23. Kayleigh

    I’d love to see all the alternative suppliers. I’m definitely going for an alternative vibe but there are never enough suppliers at wedding events to visit and be able to see their products.

    Also the DIY section would come in so handy for us, as we’re looking at doing a lot of things ourselves to keep the cost down.

    Thanks for setting up this partnership Kat for all us alternative brides!

    Kayleigh

  24. Amie

    I’m excited about the whole event. Im not a typical girly girl and thought I would find it hard to get into the wedding spirit. However I’ve found I love the whole planning process, trying on dress and dreaming of what crafts to make

  25. Lucy Carlyon

    I have had to put my wedding off for 2 years due to ill health but now its my time and I want to go and be surrounded with all things wedding….plus I love Rock N Roll Bride 🙂

  26. I got engaged in October and this will be my first wedding fair. I am seriously looking forward to it. My first stop is definitely going to be the Rock n Roll bride area. I can’t wait to meet you, Kat – you’re my idol and I will also be trying on a veil from Crown and Glory 🙂 x

  27. Emma

    Hi. I’d love to come so I could attend the DIY shops (hopefully learn a thing or three ha) and to see those crown and glory veils you’ve made together. And the wedding dresses. I’d love to feel that atmosphere of being at a wedding show. And there must be shoessss! 😋 Would love to see the Charlotte Mills shoe collection? I hope that’s there. X thanks

  28. Vicky Jepson

    I am so excited for everything, it is going to be amazing! The part I’m looking forward to most though is the wedding dress section. I am a chunky yet funky lady and pretty much every bridal shop around me does not accommodate to my size, I’ve also had bad experiences with online shopping so I’m a scaredy cat in that area for my dress. This would be a perfect opportunity for me to either get my dram dress on the day or at least find a company that I can trust to order from in the future. Thank you Kat for this fantastic opportunity and for just creating a wonderful network of ladies online.

  29. Oh my gosh, so much. Firstly it’d be ace to hang out with you & show you some of my wedding plans & get your opinion. I’m in the decoration planning bit… So far plans consist of my friend who is a professional mermaid playing the ukulele and having a boat filled with beer. So I need to get cracking on ideas!
    Secondly I really want to be get some inspiration going to a head piece or veil. I’m a bit stuck, not such a fan of the traditional uber expensive lace numbers I’ve seen so far.
    Then, if there’s time, I would love to join in a handmade tutorial. Love a bit of crafty fun.

  30. Ann-Marie

    I’m really looking forward to spending the day with my best mate (who I’ve not seen for ages) having a catch up and a couple glasses of champagne WHILST looking at all the lovely wedding stuff and trying on dresses for the first time and seeing if the stunning crown & glory veils will suit someone with very little hair!

  31. Rea

    I’m looking forward to trying on all the veils and hairpieces from crown and glory and hopefully finding the one!

  32. Aside from all the awesome wedding suppliers, I really want to meet you Kat! You are my wedding guru and to hang out with you and chat all things wedding would be amazing! I get married in July so any quirky inspiration for the day would be fab. I’m a photographer too and currently a little social media shy so any nuggets of knowledge from the blog expert would be a huge deal. Looking forward to seeing the crown and glory veil collection too!

  33. Lauranne

    Oh wow!! I’m really looking forward to try on dresses… 😀 Fingers crossed! Have a nice day 🙂

  34. Lauren

    Seeing the famous blue hair in person?! So pumped to try on some wedding dresses that are a bit different and not the stock rails at every other wedding show.

  35. Amber Simpson

    I can’t wait to meet all of the alternative wedding suppliers as i am currently studying fashion design at university and meeting these suppliers could help carve the path of my career. I have been following rock and roll bride for years and it definitely helped me to decide that i wanted to be a wedding dress maker and designer! maybe i will be there one day with my own company! fingers crossed XD

  36. Laurence

    I’ll be in England to visit my daughter at that time and we’d love to go and try on some dresses!!!

  37. Ruthiewiseowl

    I would like to go for several reasons.
    Firstly I want to do all the DIY workshops and get crafty, as I love getting my hands stuck in and to learn new skills. I would bring my friend Hayley who is also a bride so we can cruise the exhibits together. I want to feel inspired and engaged by the exhibitors and collect business cards throughout the day, to follow up after the show.
    I’m a bit of a cynic when it comes to these things so I think the RNRB area might be poiiiiifect for me and melt my stonecold heart. And lastly I’d love to meet Kat because she’s a strong lady with kickass hair, boom!

  38. My cruise ship dancer Sister is home for a little while and as my weddings this March we’ve missed out on all the sisterly planning 🙁 we can’t wait to see the smorgasbord of wedding stuff together and rock and roll bride has made it even more amazing! not only from a bride p.o.v but also because last year I fledged into my wedding photography business and have been soaking up lots of Kat advice and admiring all the photographers work in your super magazines. I gotta have that Kat selfie! 🙂 either way, we’ll be there! X ps. Did someone say Zoltar!!

  39. Marcia Hedges

    So just casually scrolling through college, seeing what other brides are looking forward to… ZOLTAR MACHINE!!!!! Oh my giddy aunt, I shall be right there, making a wish, unplugging the machine to make sure it works, singing ‘shimmy shimmy cocoa pop’!!!
    Or, you know, being cool. Whatevs.
    Everything. I would look forward to everything, just generally briding around with my BFF, and getting super squeaky and excited when I saw Kat. But not in an annoying way. Hopefully.

  40. Michelle

    Veils!! I’m in love with pretty much most of the new Crown & Glory veils – I just cannot make my mind up! I was gonna order a couple anyway and just see what happens! Veil change 2/3 times on your big day is totally fine, right!?! BUT!! I’m flying over to have my first fitting with the fab girls at Fur Coat No Knickers that weekend, so the fact that it’s the same weekend, it’s just too perfect! What a day out – try on ALL the veils (YAY!), and actually be around like minded, encouraging people… a whole section dedicated to RnRB, even a café!! CAKE! Errrr, yeah!!! What a great day out with my mum, MIL and bridesmaid – with COCKTAILS!! 🙂

  41. Valeria Scacchi

    My best friend and I got engaged almost at the same time we are both really looking forward to our first wedding fair! We have never been to one and would love to get ideas about DIY wedding crafts and get advices on the planning! We are pretty clueless on everything wedding related so it would be a good chance to spend a day together and start understanding a bit more about planning!

  42. Mary

    I’ve never been to a wedding fair because I’m a little bit intimated by the whole factory wedding world so I have been massively put off. However, RocknRoll Bride at a Wedding fair would be a real game changer, I would be straight over to the DIY Cocktail Masterclass, we we’re wanting to do some kind of DIY cocktail bar at our wedding so 100% need some inspiration. My oldest friend got engaged a few weeks after me so we would go along together to get some serious girly wedding planning done!

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