Being a bride-to-be is perhaps the most wonderful thing in the world, and The National Wedding Show at the Olympia centre in Kensington, London, was buzzing with happy excitement
While any fiancés in tow looked slightly dumbfounded, the brides-to-be loved every minute. ‘She’s going to go for the meringue!’ I heard one onlooker stage-whisper at the Berketex Bride stand. Women beamed as they tried on confections of silk and tulle, and their friends snapped away like a mini paparazzi clique.
One thing was clear, brides love glamorous vintage style! From the gorgeous T-bar and peep-toe kitten heels at Rachel Simpson, to sleek beaded lace dresses at Phase 8. One of my favourite designs was a 1950s-inspired creation by Qiana Couture. A crystal-encrusted headband would be the finishing touch for this frothy dress.
Trends for the wedding reception reflected the love for an ultra-romantic look, with crystal and silver shining in candlelight. Vases on round mirrors were filled with huge faux pearls, and decorated just like a dress, with a satin sash, fastened with a diamanté brooch. Glittering, shining detail seemed the must-have, to give white the wow factor.
Filled with inspiration, everyone was on ‘cloud bride’, as their vision for their special day came together. Having succeeded in their mission, the next priority was tea and cake in the vintage-style tearoom, or champagne, of course!