At the weekend I had the pleasure of meeting many exhibitors at the UK’s most chic wedding event, The Designer Wedding Show.
I wanted to find out some of the top trends they are seeing this year, from the luxury wedding dresses to the fresh creative catering companies. I love to visit the show, as nowhere else you will find so many leading bridalwear designers showing together in one place.
Alongside them are some of the best and most exciting names in photography, cakes, flowers, shoes, accessories, millinery, gift lists, stationery, venues, honeymoons, entertainment and much more. The show really does inspire and enable you to plan everything you need for a truly stylish wedding. Here are a few exhibitors I managed to talk with:
Matthew Williamson, one of Britain’s most celebrated designers. His stunning bridal gowns reflect the same aesthetic in soft and romantic silhouettes in richly embellished fabrics and experts craftsmanship. Cover up for dresses, Grecian and lace are proving to be very popular this year.
Sassi Halford designs and makes classic English wedding shows with a contemporary edge and offers a full couture service to her brides. Sassi’s gowns have a really timeless elegance to them.
The Turquoise Holiday Company, are a luxury tour operator they provide an innovative service of unique authentic and truly honeymoon destinations. When I asked what are couples choosing at the moment it was mainly Safari & beach, and Tahiti and Maldives are proving to be very attractive also.
Emmy, a beautifully designed and lovingly handmade collection of shoes. Emmy uses ultra feminine shapes with a hint of vintage glamour. Stripey story is her new collection inspired by what you might find in your summer house at the end of summer, such a sweet idea and the shoes are gorgeous!
Notonthehighstreet.com has those special touches you need to make your wedding unique. They have such beautiful and bespoke items from small creative businesses, they an exception gift list and wedding styling service that is really unique. Alternative old china with your own graphics is what couples have been buying recently, no longer the plain china with the gold trim.
Photography by Catherine, her style is vibrant and contemporary. Catherine produces natural, documentary style wedding photography in stunning leather handmade books. Her crystal block pictures have been a real hit recently and would look great on your mantelpiece.
Purple Grape, are a fresh and creative catering company dedicated to ensuring you and your guests are served exceptional food! Best of British is very on trend this year served with their “en-famille” menu has been created to give you a wonderful “at home” feeling with your main course idea – with us bringing wonderful big bowls of your chosen menu for your guests to serve and tuck into.
Michael Van Clarke, are the official catwalk hairdressers to The Designer Wedding Show. After asking one of the stylists what is on trend this season, she told me that it was all about Persian couture now it has turned to spring goddess!
London Syon Park, is the quintessential wedding destination, sitting at the edge of the two hundred acres Syon House Estate. What I love most is the wonderful secret garden this hotel has to offer, such a magical space, perfect for your wedding photographs.
We look forward to the next show taking place 12-14th October 2012.