Second time's a charm; the musings of a second time bride - Part seven

12 Mar 2018

With her May wedding fast approaching, second time bride Karen Turner attends Bride: The Wedding Show at Norfolk Showground in assocation with EDP and sponsored by Pure Brides and Grooms

For me, one of the largest changes since getting married in 1990 is the advent of the wedding show.  Having never attended one before, Mark and I planned to visit a show soon after we got engaged.  We had some quite strong ideas about what we wanted to do but as soon as we arrived with two of the bridesmaids and having had a glass of bubbly put in my hand, I was overwhelmed by the choices available these days. You can get everything from candy carts and confetti to bespoke handmade shoes covered in feathers.

Fast forward a year and we have visited numerous bridal shows, tasted endless cake and tried not to get carried away by the beautiful things available. We are now on such good terms with some of our suppliers that we get greeted with hugs and kisses.

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We visited Bride: The Wedding Show at Norfolk Showground in February 2018 and decided that this would be the last one we visited as we have everything planned and it's difficult not to change your mind when you see what’s on offer.The only major part of our day left to plan was transport for me and the bridesmaids, so we had a look at the options available. We made good use of our time there, confirming our choices of tables and chairs as well as catching up with the fabulous Louise from Lou Lou Loves, who is going to be styling our venue for us. Every time we see her she has some different ideas and it's exciting to see how it will all come together on the day.

Mark also visited the Slater Menswear stand. He spends a lot of time in the store anyway and has been waiting for their spring stock to arrive before ordering his outfit for the big day. As ever, Simon and the Slater Menswear team were very helpful and Mark has now visited the store and ordered his clothes.

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We particularly enjoyed the fashion show. Although I have my dress already and Mark had made up his mind about the style of outfit he was going to have, the show was high energy and great fun. The girls looked amazing in their dresses and the guys created presence and made it entertaining for the entire audience. However, I am expecting Mark to dance like they did which is perhaps a little unrealistic for most grooms.

I would definitely recommend a visit to a bridal show when you are planning a wedding. It's a great way to pick up ideas to make your wedding special and unique and to decide what is important to you as a couple. The biggest tip I can give to you is to be realistic and think carefully about your budget before committing to too much.

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Since the wedding show we have met with our florist, found our transport, had a catch-up with my hairdresser and I’ve undergone a make-up trial. We are now less than nine weeks away from the big day and everything is coming together slowly. I know that there will be a last minute dash to get everything ready but for now Mark and I are calmly looking forward to our wedding.

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