For the third season running, the Rock n Roll Bride Collection is coming to The National Wedding Show and today I want to tell you all about it!
For those of you that don’t know, last year we partnered with the UKs largest wedding fair to bring something altogether more alternative and eclectic into the mix. Not only is a visit to the show a rite of passage for any discerning bride-to-be, but now even alt babes can find ideas and suppliers that they’ll want to use for their wedding!
This season we’ll be joined in London by Crown and Glory, Nichola Ruby, Patchwork, Oh Snap UK, Poppy Dover, Gin Fizz Photography, Stargem Bridal, Twisted Glamour, Artcuts, Claire Louise Creates, Jigsaw Photography and Wishheart Tiara Design. In Birmingham we’ll be exhibiting alongside Lees Ice Dreams, Kevin Fern Photography, Crown and Glory, Artcuts and Jigsaw Photography and in Manchester you will be able to see Beetle Juice Cocktail Bar, Crown and Glory and Stella Photography!
This is just for starters too, with new exhibitors being added every day (do get in touch if you’re a wedding supplier and you’d like to join us) and over 500 exhibitors to see overall!
As you may have seen, two lucky Rock n Roll Bride readers recently won £2000 to spend at Bicester Village, and now it’s your chance to experience the village for yourself! From February 9th to 19th they are hosted a very special bridal event and it’s one you bargain hunters are not going to want to miss!
Home to more than 130 boutiques of leading brands, during this time the village will be bursting with exclusive bridal collections and offers, at the rock bottom prices that Bicester Village is famous for.
Not only will there be 20 newly arrived bridal dress styles at Oscar de la Renta, the boys will be able to receive a free shirt when they purchase a suit at Paul Smith. Anya Hindmarch will be bringing in some of the key pieces from her ‘I love you’ range as well as her ‘Hell yes’ collection, ideal for the more forthright bride. You’ll be able to find your dream dress at Temperley London, bridal shoes from Rupert Sanderson or signature styles at Sergio Rossi, which is offering a further 30% off the Village price! Award-winning botanical beauty brand Liz Earle will be available and there will even be special deals on luggage for the honeymoon, with Samsonite offering three for the price of two on selected pieces!
But this event isn’t just about bargains because you’ll be treated like superstars too. Not only will champagne be being served in the Oscar de la Renta boutique, but there is on-site tailoring available every Friday and Saturday and as free home delivery for all of your purchases!
It is looking like February and March this year are shaping up to be some of the busiest two months I’ve ever had because we are hitting the road and exhibiting at no less than FIVE wedding fairs in seven weeks! Oh lord, please help me.
Wedding fairs can be quite intimidating, but if you go into them with an idea of what you want to achieve and an open mind then they can be really fun and enable you to tick a lot of things off your list all in one day.
Do your research beforehand
When deciding which show to visit, have a look on their website at who the exhibitors are going to be. Then, make a shortlist of the people you really want to see and go to them first when you arrive. This will save you wandering around aimlessly feeling lost and confused!
Buy your tickets in advance
Most shows will offer significant discounts on tickets if you buy them in advance rather than on the door.
I have some exclusive discount codes at the bottom of this post for you too which will give you further savings on tickets for the shows we’re doing to be at this year. You’re welcome!
Think about who you want to bring with you
Try to limit the number of people you take with you. It can be tempting to make it a big day out with your mum, your future mother-in-law and all your bridesmaids, but if you have too many people with too many opinions it may end up confusing you or even making you question what it is you actually want.
Its also really easy to lose people in wedding fairs as the layouts are often designed to encourage you to wander around aimlessly rather than follow a direct route. I’ve lost count of the number of people who come up to me at shows asking if they know where such-and-such a stand is because their friend spotted something shiny and meandered off!
Go along early
Most shows start at 10 or 11am and going early is a really good idea. They get the busiest around the early afternoon and by the end of the day most of the exhibitors will be exhausted! Especially if you have someone you really want to see, get there early so you’re not fighting your way through the crowds to get to their stand.