Highlights of the National Wedding Show Birmingham

Written by    Last updated: March 6, 2014

We were at the National Wedding Show at the Birmingham NEC, where the vibe was fun, the catwalk was dazzling and now so are our teeth. Here are the highlights of another truly inspirational weekend, from the wedding dresses to the beauty demos, the glittering accessories and don’t miss our photo booth fun.

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It was fun to leisurely browse the many varied stands, find new inspiration and take advantage of exclusive show deals. The champagne bar glittered while the many cafes and VIP enclosure were filled with excited future brides and grooms, their parents and friends.

Inspiration tent

The inspiration tent had a series of wedding experts and demonstrations that were informative and interesting. The Top 10 Dresses presentation was a half hour discussion with bridal stylist, Fran Lee, the expert behind the last 25 National Wedding Show catwalk shows.

Fran took us through how to wear the current most popular gowns with top tips on which styles are more flattering on certain body shapes and which fabrics are best for weddings abroad. There were a variety of wedding experts giving tips on beauty, wedding planning and top trends for 2014.

Catwalk shows

The catwalk show is the highlight of the day, a gorgeous half hour of the very latest wedding dress collections from top designers and high street names, dazzling to music. The shows were choreographed with different themes with a focus on vintage style and a real carnival feel.

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National Wedding Show catwalkNational Wedding Show VIP area and more

So much to see

We had our skin softened, our photos taken in a funky photo booth for hire, we even had our teeth professionally whitened. Beautiful brides-to-be tried on gorgeous gowns, had their nails manicured and even got to fire a shotgun!

There were several amazing bands playing live, brilliant for anyone considering booking a live act for their reception, and various stands with menswear, bridal gowns and little bridesmaid and flower girl outfits too.

National Wedding Show cafe fun

Why go to the show

The National Wedding Show really is a huge event that is well worth a visit. It’s a whole day out and alongside the goodie bags there are  all sorts of things to try. I stood on a fat wobbling machine… I know how to have a good time.

National Wedding Show fun in the photoboothNational Wedding Show the taxi cab photo booth

Here’s us in the coolest London taxi cab photo booth by Sunburst Events. See you in Manchester this weekend for more fun.


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This article was written by

Kate Thompson
Kate Thompson is Confetti's features editor and wedding expert, and has worked in the wedding industry for 15 years. A widely published lifestyle writer, she has made BBC television and radio appearances discussing wedding trends in the UK.

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