This is a sponsored article on behalf of The National Wedding Show.
The question's been popped, the excitement's full throttle and those wedding spreadsheets are quivering in anticipation. But where to begin? The National Wedding Show returns to London between 17-18 September (Olympia London) and 15-16 October (ExCel London) for two full weekends of unbridled bridal inspiration.
Chat to hundreds of local suppliers, try on dreamy dresses, get the scoop at insider talks and make the most of some pretty nifty discounts too. After all, when it comes to planning the biggest day of your lives, every little helps.
Begin with a browse
The National Wedding Show brings together suppliers of all shapes and sizes, from photographers and caterers to musicians and stationery designers. Stroll around with your wedding party, see what tickles your fancy and connect with companies that will go the extra mile to make your big day feel like, well, yours.
Fancy saying ‘I do’ on a yacht? Building a bespoke wedding cake? Wowing your reception guests with a few magic tricks? Whether you're keen to keep it simple or go all-out extravagant, this is the ideal place to start perfecting your vision.
Talks and events
Forget your TED Talks. Instead, make a beeline for the WED Talk stage. Here, you'll get the low-down from industry experts on how to choose the right suppliers, bridal beauty tricks and (this one's a biggie) how to work out that all-important wedding budget. Oh, and stick to it too.
Once you're clued up, it's time to get kitted out. Take a front row seat at The Catwalk and enjoy a full-blown fashion show. You'll see the latest wedding looks from top designers sauntering down the runway, tempting brides, grooms and guests alike.
Find your dream dress
Inspired by what you’ve seen on the catwalk? Thumb your way through hundreds of stylish wedding dresses from leading brands. If something catches your eye, you're welcome to try it on for yourself. No pressure and no appointment necessary.
This is a great opportunity to sort your A-lines from your mermaids, your Chantilly lace from your classic crepe. However, if you do find ‘the one’, exclusive show discounts make saying 'yes' to the dress even sweeter. Heck, there’s even a Viktor & Rolf champagne bar on hand so you can properly toast to taking the plunge!
Make it VIP (at a discount!)
Two further perks for you. Firstly, treat yourself to VIP tickets and receive special benefits on the day including access to the relaxing VIP lounge, a complimentary alcoholic drink and a goodie bag filled with treats from the likes of Lancôme. Plus, reserved seating at The Catwalk. Because who doesn't want the best dress-ogling view in the house?
What’s more, Londonist readers can enjoy up to 25% off the door price of both VIP and standard tickets. Simply use the code LONDONIST at checkout and you’ll nab standard tickets for £16.50 or VIP tickets for just £30. Click here to purchase your tickets. Happy wedding planning!
The National Wedding Show takes place at Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, London, W14 8UX from 17-18 September and ExCel London, One Western Gateway, London, E16 1XL from 15-16 October 2022.