So last weekend Ed and I set our alarm for the crack of dawn in order to get a coach up to London to spend the day at the National Wedding Show. Apart from a little hiccup at the beginning (namely us oversleeping and just missing our coach), it was an amazing day.
We arrived around 10am and had a lovely breakfast at a café around the corner from Victoria Coach Station. Feeling much more human after plenty of delicious fat filled pork items, we grabbed a day pass on the tube and travelled over to South Kensington High street where it was just a short walk to the Olympia where the show is held.
I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Having been to several smaller wedding shows over the last couple of years and working in the wedding industry myself, I had high hopes that a show that was both on a larger scale and cost, in my opinion, rather a lot of money, would be something special.
As Ed and I are planning a wedding abroad, I was a little worried that the show may not be as relevant to us. Luckily, just a few minutes after we arrived, we passed a stand where a lovely lady asked if we were planning our honeymoon. When we explained we were actually looking at having the whole wedding abroad, she explained she knew a lady on another stand who specialised in destination weddings. She even took us up to the stand herself and sat with us whilst we talked through our wedding plans with the amazing Mathilde at Planet Weddings.
From the instant I met her, I knew that she was the woman to help make our Santorini wedding a reality. Mathilde talked us through our venue options on the island and was open and honest about the venues she would and wouldn’t recommend. Having put our minds at ease and totally ramped up the excitement levels for our big day, we celebrated with a glass of bubbly at the Champagne bar before setting off around the rest of the show.
Although a lot of the companies were less relevant for us I still had an enjoyable time immersing myself in wedding land. I looked at plenty of dresses but didn’t see one quite right for me, which is probably a good thing as Ed was with me and I tend to be an impulsive buyer when I see something I want! Bags stuffed full of leaflets and bellies full of cake and Prosecco samples, we stopped to watch the catwalk show featuring even more beautiful dresses before calling it a day and heading off back to the Tube.
We travelled over to Leicester Square where we saw the red carpet being set up for a premier with Anne Hathaway and Robert DeNiro (unfortunately we didn’t see the stars themselves, I am a total stalker when it comes to celebrity sightings). We had a late lunch/early dinner at Chiquitos with Pulled Pork and Chicken Fajitas, Sweet Potato fries and yummy cocktails (I think I could live on Mexican food and Frozen Strawberry Margaritas).
After a long but fun day we returned to Bournemouth on the coach, ready for the next stage of our wedding planning journey.