National Wedding Show Preview at The Lansdowne Club
Having opened its doors to many a hopeful bride-to-be over the last few years, The National Wedding Show has emerged as the forerunner of bridal inspiration events in the UK. Returning for the second time this year on the 27th-29th September, the show is set to shine brightly with a wide array of exhibitors. Obviously, I am most excited for the rumoured “vintage” section of the exhibition (you’ll know where to find me, if you’re going!) and was thrilled to have seen a few of the forerunners at The Lansdowne Club on Tuesday 30th July.
Located in the heart of Mayfair, The Lansdowne Club provided the perfect setting for The National Wedding Show preview. The historic elegance of the club was immediately apparent, evoking a sophisticated, warm atmosphere for guests and exhibitors to discuss the pieces on show. Hosted in the striking 18th century Ballroom with vaulted ceilings, minstrel galleries, it really did feel as though we had entered a wedding reception.
Themed tables ran the length of the Ballroom, transporting guests to different receptions with each step. From “Destination” and “City Chic” to “Vintage,” “Traditional” and “Pretty Pastels,” each table evoked the character of a very different bride. Speaking to Katie – the lovely event organiser – she informed me that these five themes were a reflection of the most popular wedding themes chosen by brides at the moment. Considering she received regular compliments throughout the evening from a variety of guests for differing tables, I can believe that she was on to something there!
While there were a range of beautiful products showcased at The National Wedding Show preview, I was both encouraged and excited to see the range of vintage-inspired exhibitors that would be presenting their wares at The National Wedding Show.
So, without further ado, here are the exhibitors you must visit when you’re at the show later this year!
The lights really shone bright at the Carousel Lights table, where fun and character were combined to reveal a stunning range of vintage-inspired fairground lights. From the dazzling Art Deco design of the “Satellite” lights to the bold, retro fun exuded from the winged heart in “Walzer” style, Carousel Lights really offers an opportunity for your vintage wedding to be full of authentic, vintage character.
Among the best macarons I have ever tasted, Ganache Macaron provided a 3 feet high mountain of macarons that were as much a feast for the eyes as they were for everyone’s tastebuds! Ganache Macaron showcased a beautiful selection of their wedding range, which included “macaron-pops” (think cake-pops, but with macarons!) and macarons delicately decorated with orchids.
The glitz and glamour of 1920s wedding fashion was at the heart of this bridal hair accessory collection. Hand-stitched beads and rhinestones accompanied by the occasional feather and ribbon embellished these intricate bridal hair accessories. From flapper-esque headbands to delicate hairpieces, Donna Crain’s designs exuded the Gatsby glamour we all know and love.
At K.C.’s table, there were encrusted, sparkling bouquets adorned with modern and vintage brooches, buttons and silk. Whether brightly coloured or in two-tone white and silver, the bouquets and table art on display would suit any vintage-loving bride.
Richly embellished with vintage-inspired (edible!) cameo brooches and delicate sugar roses, the cupcakes at Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium stand were exquisite to behold. While I didn’t manage to feast my eyes on the wedding cake created for the event, the photographic evidence below speaks volumes to the beautiful craftsmanship that goes into building each and every piece.
Vintage Table Decor
The nation’s finest florists and wedding stationary artists had been busy adorning the wonderfully vintage table at the event. Among those responsible for the “vintage” table are Floral Symphonies, Lavenders of London, Wildabout, Muscari Whites, Todich Floral Design and With Love.
Photography by Juliet Lemon and Melissa Massey.