Bride: The Wedding Show At Knebworth House Was Raining With Love Last Weekend
13 Jan 2016
Hundreds of brides and grooms-to-be planned their weddings at Bride: The Wedding Show at Knebworth Barns last weekend.
A wet weekend didn’t dampen the spirits of around 1760 visitors who came to Bride: The Wedding Show at Knebworth Barns last weekend (January 9-10).
The barns and marquee that joined them played host to around 80 local wedding suppliers who saw a steady stream of brides, grooms, friends and family throughout the two-day show.
Amanda Griffiths, Bride editor said: “This is the fourth year we have held Bride: The Wedding Show at Knebworth Barns and it continues to get better each year. I spoke to many brides and their fiancés during the weekend – some were at the beginning of their wedding planning and others looking for the finishing touches. Some of the brides early in their planning said they hadn’t known what to expect and were overwhelmed and excited by the variety and choice of suppliers exhibiting here, all said they were impressed by the atmosphere, how friendly suppliers were and the quality and variety of services on offer.”
Bride-to-be Kelly Smith from Stevenage said about the show: “We got engaged just before Christmas so this is the first show we’ve been to. I didn’t know what to expect, but I wasn’t expecting it to be so big. There’s seems to be everything you need for planning a wedding here. It’s great.”
Laura Collins from Cambridge was equally impressed: “One of the things important to me is making sure that our suppliers are on the same wavelength as us – we want to make sure we meet all our suppliers and get on with them. I think that’s important – and to trust them. That’s what is great about this show – it gives you a chance to meet people in person – I know we’ve found a few of our suppliers here – we haven’t booked them yet but I think we will be doing so next week.”
Along with around 80 local wedding suppliers Bride: The Wedding Show is famed for the quality of its choreographed catwalk show. This year the show opened with beautiful bridal gowns from Hinxworth Bridal, before the boys graced the stage, earning themselves a few cheers for their funky dance moves and high energy performance wearing formalwear from Moss Bros. Honey’s Bridal, new to the show, then took to the catwalk with glamorous gowns before John Lewis showcased occasionwear, Ann Bridal presented a mixed scene with bridal dresses and menswear and Cream Fashions dressed the mother of the bride. The boys, dressed by Chimney Formal Menswear made a welcome return before Ivory and Lace completed the line-up with breathtaking bridal gowns. On Sunday, performers from Mr H Productions who helped with the lighting and music for the catwalk show entertained as visitors took their seats. Elsewhere, The Wedding Boutique proved popular allowing brides to try dresses on or even buy ex-sample gowns and accessories.
It wasn’t just the visitors who were impressed with the show but exhibitors too. Joanna Spence from Heavy Petal said: This is my first show of this scale and I’ve been impressed at the number of brides coming through – there’s been a constant stream of them and lots of good leads. I’m also impressed at the standard of the other suppliers – there’s a good cross section of businesses. I think the show is also a good networking opportunity, I’ve enjoyed meeting the other suppliers and look forward to hopefully working with them in the future.”
Sam Booth from Exclusive Yacht Weddings summed up their success saying: “It was busy and we met lots of brides to be – generally it was a fun day. Our competition to win a wedding was popular and there was a good atmosphere. This is the first show I’ve done –I expected it to be very specific to the venue, but this is a very varied good show which I’d recommend.”
Rachel Sokhal from Exceptional Designs summed up the feelings for both brides and exhibitors: “This is always a great show for me – it’s certainly not just another exhibition. The brides coming in yesterday said they didn’t realise how big it was going to be – it’s great that everything is all under one roof. There’s a great flow of brides, a lot more than at some exhibitions. For me a lot of my first few months of business last year came from Knebworth.”
Bride: The Wedding Show returns to Knebworth Barns on January 7-8, 2017. To find out about our upcoming shows, see www.theweddingshow.co.uk