Packed with over 200 different stands, you could find everything you need, from cakes to flowers, honeymoons and of course dresses.
When I dragged my hubby-to-be along on Friday, 27 September, I just knew I was going to pick up lots of ideas and I wasn’t disappointed.
As soon as we got there we headed straight to the fashion show so I could have a look at the latest bridal trends, featuring dresses from designer Enzoani and from stores such as The Bespoke Wardrobe (based in Ingatestone). The catwalk showed a variety of dresses, mostly moving away from the common strapless gowns, instead designers have gone for styles with cap sleeves and lots of lace detailing.
Once the show had finished we started to wander around the exhibition space, we saw lots of ideas for our wedding cake, some very traditional and some a little more extravagant, such as a macaroon tower and profiterole cake. We also saw lots of ‘naked cakes’ – this is where the cake isn’t covered in icing for a rustic feel, perfect if you’re having a picnic themed wedding in a barn setting.
There were also stands from John Lewis, Debenhams and House of Fraser to explain to couples about their gift registry services, which isn’t for everyone but I think it’s a great idea – at least you won’t end up with 20 toasters!
Wedding stationery was in abundance, with everything from traditional letter pressed invites to my personal favourites available from Timbergram, who create invitations made from thin pieces of MDF – very pretty and very unique!
We both left feeling very happy with our new ideas, albeit rather wedding’d out!