The National Wedding Show
Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre is an exciting place to be. Over the years I have been there for a wide variety of shows and exhibitions and in a variety of different roles. When I was invited by the National Wedding Show to be a part of their spring show, it didn’t take long to decide to jump right in!
The UK’s biggest wedding fair is held for three days at this location, twice a year. It was quite incredible arriving to set up before the show opened; the NEC itself being such a well-oiled machine on an epic scale. Even in setting up there was a wonderful feeling of excitement in the air, seeing all the wedding dresses on hangers, floral displays going up and beautiful photography on backdrops…
It was amazing to meet so many people, with so many exciting plans for weddings over the next eighteen months. There was such a buzz in the air, it was fantastic to be part of! At our stand it was great to see so many people trying on hats, to see what you were drawn to, to listen to what you would like to see, and to be able to answer questions.
My bridal range of millinery is in development, so it was great to put the designs so far on show, and to have some feedback. This ethereal, bridal crown was the most popular, especially being quite different to anything else around, and there have been requests for a bridesmaid crown to co-ordinate with it, so stay tuned to see that!
My lovely assistants Dave and Elaine were a huge help – I couldn’t have done it without them. Dave – glamorous assistant and husband! - was so full of energy and enthusiasm throughout the whole weekend. Even though he came straight over from his day job on Friday he was – as ever – unflinching in his support and dedication! Elaine I met when she came to the studio for 1:1 tuition and we really clicked; she is an emerging talent I’m sure, and I hope you will be seeing lots more of her as Warrillow Studio continues to grow.
Part of my role at the Wedding Show was to provide a short, 45 minute workshop at the ‘Inspiration Lab’ once a day. This was an area of the show where people could come for a class, to have a taster of various wedding crafts, including buttonhole making, calligraphy – and fascinator-making! I was really impressed with the fascinator combs that my attendees managed to make in such a short space of time, and for those who didn’t manage to finish they had everything they needed, including printed instructions, to take away with them.
This has inspired the first of my fascinator-making kits, now available online, and presented in a lovely hat box, both for storing the finished fascinator combs and to make it a lovely looking gift to yourself or someone you love!