Words of wisdom from Bride: The Wedding Show at Westpoint Exeter exhibitors
04 Feb 2020
Take heed in this expert wedding planning advice from a selection of the suppliers set to showcase at Bride: The Wedding Show at Westpoint Exeter from March 28-29
Bride: The Wedding Show returns to Westpoint Exeter this spring, promising even more wedding ideas and inspiration for engaged couples in the South West.
Running from March 28-29 (10am to 4pm), the show offers various incentives to attend including goody bags available to the first 100 brides through the door on both days of the event, show-exclusive deals and discounts and amazing competitions to enter.
The sensational catwalk show will wow audiences yet again with the latest fashions in wedding wear, while a jam-packed programme of musical entertainment will excite visitors.
A host of regional wedding suppliers will also be in attendance, including bridalwear boutiques, cake makers, transport providers, stationers, photographers, venues, florists and more. Offering their expert advice ahead of the show, some of the exhibitors share their words of wisdom on wedding planning and how to get the most out of a wedding show...
"Organisation and timelines are definitely key. Make a spreadsheet and list all of the items that you have to complete along with timelines. When it comes to wedding shows, take your time and don't panic. My top tip is to walk around the event venue once looking at all of the different suppliers and as you do so, make a note of those that stand out and you would like to visit again. Then revisit them for a friendly chat." Jill Wheller, owner of Baked by Jill
Above: Baked by Jill is a cake-making business based in Seaton, offering personalised and bespoke celebration cakes
"At a wedding show, speak to as many suppliers as possible. It’s always best to come with a clear idea of what you need and where those suppliers are in the show, so see them first. You should also have a realistic budget for your suppliers as there’s so much on offer, you need a clear plan of attack and then you can browse through the rest of the exhibitors." Emily Brown, senior events co-ordinator at Dillington House
Above: Dillington House in Ilminster, Somerset is a 16th century privately owned manor house available for weddings
"It's good to have a plan at wedding events, but always be prepared to explore – Bride: The Wedding Show is a big show, so look out for the unexpected. Allow plenty of time and build in breaks to try some of the delicious food and drinks available." Richard Appleby, DJ, compere and presenter at Richard's Time Machine Wedding Disco
Above: Covering the South West, including Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, Richard's Time Machine Wedding Disco can get your wedding party started
"Lists are your friend; make a list when attending a wedding show. Use the exhibitor listings beforehand to research who you think fits your mould, make a note of the exhibitor's stand number and visit them on the day." Mike Lister of Mike Lister Photography
Above: Mike Lister focuses on capturing the special moments of your wedding day and is also a licensed drone operator
"Set a budget, for everything. Prioritise what’s most important to you both. Your wedding is YOUR wedding." Charlotte Bright, owner and director at Pop Goes The Weasel
Above: Stationery company Pop Goes The Weasel specialises in laser-cut invitations, which aren't widely sold
"Enjoy wedding planning and plan ahead as much as possible as many suppliers/venues will get booked up in advance." Holly, floral designer and Gary, business partner of Floral Art Devon
Above: Floral Art Devon is a specialist wedding and event florist covering the South West
"It’s not every day that you get married, so ask your suppliers for helpful hints and tips to make your day run smoother. After all, we go to a lot of weddings." Eleanor Stobbart of Eleanor Stobbart Photography
Above: Beautiful, natural and emotive moments are what Eleanor Stobbart looks for when capturing your wedding
"Don’t get lost in all the wedding hype you may see on social media platforms, remember it’s your day so make it about what you love and keep it personal." The Wedding and Events team at Maunsel House
Above: Maunsel House near Taunton hosts beautiful and unique weddings with a choice of ceremony locations (Helen Lisk Photography)
"Don’t spend anything until you’ve set a realistic budget that won’t stretch you too far. If you can delegate, ask your fiancé to help with a few things to take the pressure off you." Naomi Brown, co-owner of Vintage Camper Booths
Above: Offering a unique camper booth experience for your wedding, Vintage Camper Booths covers the South West and beyond
"Be flexible with your ceremony time; 2pm is our most requested slot and our teams get booked up quickly. Often our registrars are able to attend your dream venue on your chosen day if you’re happy to have a morning or late afternoon slot." Amber Packer-Hughes, marketing officer at Somerset Registration Service
Above: Somerset Registration Service conducts civil weddings and partnerships, and licenses all venues for civil ceremonies in Somerset and North Somerset
"If there’s something you really want for your wedding, go for it. You’ll only regret not having this when you look back. I wanted vintage china and didn’t have it, instead I set up Beau-Tea-Ful Occasion." Rebecca, owner of Beau-Tea-Ful Occasion
Above: Beau-Tea-Ful Occasion offers vintage china and accessories hire for your Devon wedding
"Hire a wedding co-ordinator to make sure all wedding planning goes exactly to plan. If anything was to go wrong, a co-ordinator can sort this behind the scenes discreetly as well as ensuring the bride, groom and guests have a memorable day." Hannah Mortimore, owner of Hannah's Weddings and Events
Above: Hannah’s Weddings and Events offers a one-stop wedding planning shop, including wedding planning and co-ordination, large props for hire and venue styling
"Make sure everything is well planned so you can relax and enjoy your big day. Make lots of lists and delegate." Deborah Bradfield, commercial director for Godminster
Above: Based in Bruton, Somerset, Godminster creates award-winning organic cheddar
"Go with your heart and select a wedding style which shows your personalities." Lene Langley, videographer and business owner of Moments to Media
Above: Moments to Media offers fresh, vibrant and bespoke wedding videography to capture your day and unique personalities
"Be true to yourself. That is why we, at Rebecca Anne Designs, love getting to know you and your style, because we think it is really important that you feel the best version of yourself on your wedding day. But above all else, enjoy it." Rebecca Stead, owner of Rebecca Anne Designs
Above: Rebecca Anne Designs is a luxury British bridal label based in Somerset. Made to order, each veil is expertly designed and created by hand.
"Our top tip is communication. Whether it’s between the happy couple, the families and friends or the wedding companies being used for the big day, communication means the couple get what they want and everyone else knows what is expected." Helen Taylor, owner at The Bridal Box
Above: The Bridal Box is a bridal boutique in Torquay, offering a wide variety of wedding dress styles and accessories.
"Talk to the exhibitors, they do not bite! By engaging with the exhibitors you will learn what is available and find out a vast amount of information." David Churches, managing director
Above: Themes Incorporated is a hire company supplying a wide variety of products including furniture, dancefloors, bars, stages, sound and lighting equipment, linen and themed props.
"To get the best out of a wedding show, my top tip would be to make a note of who you must see and go to them first. Suppliers are likely to get booked up quickly, so to save any disappointment make sure you book them as soon as possible. If it’s something you dream of, get in there before someone else does." Tilly Rogers, owner of Opal Wedding Hair
For more information and to buy tickets for Bride: The Wedding Show at Westpoint Exeter, visit bridetheweddingshow.co.uk.