Good evening all. On Saturday I spent the day at the National Wedding Show at the NEC in Birmingham. I was due to go to the last one on Bridesmaid duty but I was gutted that I was too ill to go in the end (I was suffering from vertigo following a long flight).
This time round, I was lucky to win a pair of tickets from The Wedding Community, which just made the day even more exciting.
My Mum and my school-friend bridesmaid came along with me, so it was a lovely excuse to have a good catch up. I expected to go along and spend the afternoon browsing stands, getting inspiration for our wedding day. But when we arrived I spotted some Tipi’s (we are having Papakata Tipi’s). My Mum hasn’t seen any set up in real life yet, so we wandered over to have a look. Within a few minute, we were approached by a very friendly lady asking if I would like to take part in a hair styling demonstration, with a top celebrity hair stylist! I was a bit apprehensive at first, as I wasn’t sure about being on stage in front of so many people, and I can also be a bit funny about people touching my head! But with some gentle persuasion, I agreed to give it a go.
After being introduced to the hairdressers, Cinta Miller and Esther Sweenie-Rowe, I was whisked away backstage to have my hair prepped. I was watching the catwalk show from behind the scenes… including some male models stripping down to their underwear!
When the show started, we were introduced by Danielle Wilkins (Assistant Editor of Wedding magazine). She asked me for a few details about the style of our wedding day, before Esther worked her magic! She plaited a fishtail braid into a half-up style, leaving the rest of my hair down and curly. We were kindly loaned a stunning hair piece from Amanda Caroline Couture which Esther entwined into the braid.
I was really impressed with the results. Although I haven’t really started thinking about my wedding day hair, it was really good to learn that if I want to wear a hair piece, it is a good idea to have some kind of plait, as a base for pinning. I really enjoyed the whole experience!
After a bite to eat, we started to look around the supplier stands. I met the lovely Maria Senvo team and saw the amazing Joy dress!
On our way back to the exit, The Artisan Dried Flower Co. stand caught my eye. They had some beautiful dried flower hair crowns on the stand, with matching button holes. I think they would really suit our autumnal October wedding, so I will definitely be getting in touch!
Have any of you been to the National Wedding Show in either London or Birmingham? Or are you planning on going next weekend in Manchester? How was your experience? I’d love to hear from brides who found their dress at the show! There were so many beautiful ones on display.
The National Wedding Show was last modified: May 10th, 2014 by