As I’m sure you are all aware, last weekend saw the launch of the very first Luxury Wedding Show London and what a launch it was! Being the complete opposite to Luxury (I’m more Primani than Armani) and being new to the blogging wedding scene I was a little bit nervous, slightly intimidated by wedding industry peeps, and not sure what to expect or how Festival Brides would be received. To make matters worse my fellow Festival Bride and partner in crime (Kelly) wasn’t well and couldn’t make it which didn’t help my nerves at all especially as this sort of thing is a walk in the park for Kelly (she used to work in the fashion industry so regularly attended shows and events).
Give me a pair of wellies and a music festival and I’m like a pig in mud, but a Luxury Wedding Show – I wasn’t sure whether I’d fit in or whether it was going to be the right sort of suppliers for Festival Brides.
But with my lovely Mum in tow (you can always count on your mum for support) we headed to the very beautiful Saatchi Gallery, picked up our press passes and entered the world of wedding luxe!
As soon as we got there my anxiety diminished and instead was replaced with excitement and surprise at all the alternative wedding pretty that was on offer! I’m talking quirky stationery; festival-chic accessories; awesome glamping tents; 1920’s flapper wedding dresses; and a beautiful Indian (I love anything to do with India) marquee company – full information on all of these to come!
However, I think what surprised me the most was how down to earth the feel of the show was and how well little old Festival Brides was received. Alot of people had already heard of the blog and were instantly telling me stories of people they knew who’d had a festival wedding or an amazing local band that we had to get in touch with and blog about! I met a flame dancer; a festival caterer; some quirky photographers; caught up with the lovely girls from Maids To Measure (whose stand was buzzing all day) and met the super festival cool Honeybell Tent company who just so happened to supply the guest accommodation for Lily Allen’s festival wedding! How cool is that!? We will be blogging about all of these awesome suppliers in the up and coming weeks so watch this space!
So how wrong was I to be intimidated by the Wedding Industry – everyone was lovely.
The catwalk show was fab as well and being press we had front row seats right near the end of the catwalk so the view couldn’t have been more perfect. My mum and I oooooed and ahhhhhhed at the beautiful dresses whilst sipping on a glass of champagne and eating macaroons! The music used during the show was awesome too and matched the tone of each designer and dress style which worked really well – not at all what I expected.
I’ve since realised that I have quite expensive taste as all the dresses I loved just happened to be the most expensive ones! Oh well, where there’s a will there’s a way – I’ll just eat beans on toast for the next 2 years!
Here’s some of my favourites:
Despite all the luxury, the free goody bag and meeting some genuinely lovely people, my highlight of the whole day had to be spending it with my mum. It was actually the first wedding show we had been to together since I got engaged and it was awesome to talk weddings and to share with her all my ideas. I forgot I was a blogger and became a future bride for the day and I loved every single second!
Trying on a veil for the first time with a stunning boho-festival headband at Gillian Million‘s stand and seeing my mum’s face as I put it on was awesome and I realised that this is what wedding show’s should be about – a day out with your mum, fiancée or best friends – buzzing about weddings and getting all inspired for one of the biggest days of your life. The Luxury Wedding Show London certainly succeeded at this, it made me feel special and it’s for this reason that I think it’s up there with one of the best wedding show’s I’ve been too.
So even if you think that a Festival Bride wouldn’t fit into the Luxury category you are wrong! I strongly recommend a trip to the next Luxury Wedding Show London in February, grab your glass of champagne and free goody bag and get lost in a day of glamour! There is plenty of ALTERNATIVE wedding inspiration to be found and it’s a special day out for an excited bride to be.
All images by Christopher Dadey
Special thanks to the wonderful team at The Luxury Wedding Show London – you guys rock!
More reviews from our lucky winners will be on the blog next week and make sure you keep an eye out for our favourite exhibitors from the day.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend.
I’m off to cardiff for the weekend – it’s going to be a messy/scary one!!
Festival Brides x