Article by: Lisa
On the weekend of the 27th-29th September, The National Wedding Show will be opening its doors for the second time this year. Quickly becoming the bi-annual go-to for brides-to-be, The National Wedding Show is set to impress once again.
Following the preview at the Lansdowne Club on Tuesday 30th July, it appears that newly engaged ladies have a lot to get excited about in the run-up to the bridal event of the season. Despite there being a small selection of around 30 exhibitors at the preview, we left the evening feeling well and truly warmed up for the main event. Here’s why…
Located just off Berkeley Square in the heart of Mayfair, The Lansdowne Club was a fitting venue for The National Wedding Show preview to take place. The club boasts centuries of history and holds a notable reputation for being the first members’ club where both ladies and gentlemen were treated equally.
Upon arrival at the Lansdowne Club, guests were greeted by a fleet of vintage Rolls Royce cars. Comprising a vintage Rolls Royce Hooper from 1935, a classic Rolls Royce Cloud from 1963 and a modern Rolls Royce Phantom, the stunning models on show from Weddings by Driven celebrated 100 years of Rolls Royce.
Stepping inside, the decadent history of the Club washed over guests, aptly setting the scene for exhibitors to best showcase their luxurious collections. The Art Moderne style and intimate setting of the Ballroom also allowed guests to soak up the atmosphere of an intimate wedding reception re-created for the event.
The Wedding Dresses
From jewel-encrusted headpieces to British made wedding gowns, there was every element of a dreamy bridal outfit on display at the Lansdowne Club. That’s not forgetting the wide range of engagement and wedding rings on display, courtesy of engagement and wedding rings specialist, Aurus!
Glamorous gowns were showcased by Katya Katya Shehurina, Qiana Bridal and Hazaar of London. Katya Katya Shehurina displayed pieces from both their spring/summer and autumn/winter collections, which comprised a stunning ensemble of 1920s-inspired lace dresses with colours ranging from classic white to autumnal mauve. Qiana Bridal revealed the best of British with traditional designs that had been designed and produced in the UK.
The Bridal Accessories
Donna Crain displayed Art Deco headpieces that will be the envy of any Vintage Bride aspiring to look like Daisy Buchanan on their big day, while Ivory & Co provided beautifully modern pieces that will perfectly suit a Classic Bride sticking to tradition.
But hairpieces weren’t the only bridal accessories on show. K.C.’s Table Art and Brooch Bouquets showcased some beautifully intricate pieces that would suit both modern and vintage brides, and Paraodx had bridal footwear on display that rivalled the others on the sparkle scale.
The Bridal Beauty Bar
As the official show sponsor, bareMinerals were present at the Club, offering complimentary makeup sessions and bridal beauty tips. International makeup artist Sarah-Hane Froom was also on hand to offer expert advice.
Five beautifully adorned tables ran the length of the Ballroom, each of them providing a tantalising snapshot into the world of a different bride. The floral displays on the table of these popular wedding themes were put together by some of the nation’s finest florists, including Floral Symphonies, Lavenders of London, Muscari Whites, Wildabout, and Todich Floral. Completing the look with themed stationary and chair covers, Here Comes the Bride, With Love, Designer Chair Covers and Angels Creations did a superb job.
Working from the top of the room to the bottom, guests transitioned from a tropically coloured “Destination” table to a modern “City Chic” setting. The eclectically “Vintage” table was situated in the middle of the room and was followed by “Traditional” and “Pretty Pastels”.
Adding an extra something to the wedding reception vibe were Carousel Lights and The Singing Waiters. Carousel Lights attracted guests like moths to a flame with its bright and bold vintage carnival-inspired lights and equally, The Singing Waiters drew the audience’s attention with their humorous and light-hearted renditions of romantic classics both old and new.
The Sweet Treats
If you’ve got a sweet tooth and an eye for design, the delicate and delicious sweet treats on show will be spot on in your mind. Whether your preference would have been the macaron mountain from Ganache Macaron, the traditional cake from The Bakery Lounge or the vintage decorated cupcakes from Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium, you would not have been disappointed with the standard of the desserts on display.
Biting into these treats after admiring their artful beauty felt almost sinful… but one taste immediately transported guests up to dessert heaven!
Have you been to any wedding shows recently? What is your favourite part? Are you going to The National Wedding Show later this year? Let us know in the comments below.
All photography taken and owned by Juliet Lemon.