If you’ve always hankered after a princess-style wedding, then this year’s Brides The Show has everything you’ll need to make it a truly royal – and memorable – event.
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Created by the team behind Condé Nast Brides magazine, Brides The Show features over 130 exhibitors, and this year’s show is crammed with royal appointments guaranteed to fulfill every bride’s dream. Here’s our right royal run-down of what not to miss:
The royal photographer
Kate and Wills’ wedding photographer, Hugo Burnand – who is also Tatler magazine’s society pages snapper – has curated a one-off exhibition of wedding images especially for Brides The Show. He will also be appearing in conversation, spilling all the juicy the secrets behind Kate and Williams’ wedding shoot, as well as advising brides-to-be about how to get the best bridal shots. Plus one lucky couple will also get the chance to win an engagement portrait with Hugo!
The royal couturier
Jenny Packham is the Duchess of Cambridge’s designer du jour, and she will presenting an exclusive catwalk show at Brides The Show on the opening night only (tickets are still available). Packham, the queen of red-carpet glamour, will be on hand to talk about her designs and one lucky bride-to-be will even have the chance to win a Jenny Packham bridal gown, worth £3000!
The royal make-up artist
A favoured brand of the Duchess of Cambridge, Bobbi Brown’s subtle make-up is a must-have for brides to be. Hannah Martin, their PRO Artist for the UK & Ireland created Zara Phillips wedding look for her big day, and will be dishing out beauty advice – as well as free Bobbi Brown products! TBC – at Brides The Show.
The (mini) royal fashionista
Children’s designer Nicki McFarlane will be at Brides The Show, and is the go-to to give your minis a royal make-over. Themother and daughter duo designed the mini-maid dresses for William and Kate’s 2011 nuptials – who can forget little Grace von Cutsem, Lady Louise Windsor and Margarita Armstrong-Jones in their pretty silk flower-girl outfits?
The royal venue
Want to recreate your very own royal love story? Then book one of The Historic Royal Palaces. Venues include The Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace and London residence of Wills and Kate, the gorgeous Kensington Palace – come to the Show and book your dream venue. More of an outdoorsy bride?The Royal Botanical Garden Kew is also exhibiting at Brides The Show and offers a gorgeous backdrop for any wedding day.
The royal stamp of approval (literally)
Make your wedding feel like a royal affair right from the very start with Piccolo Press. Stationers to the Royal family, The Royal Society and the House of Lords and House of Commons. Alternatively,there’s The Wren Press, which earned itself a Royal Warrant in 2013. Heavily involved in the 60th anniversary coronation festival for Queen Elizabeth II, invites from The Wren Press are bound to impress your guests from the off.
The royal florist
Florist Zita Elze created a bouquet of flowers specifically for the Queen in celebration of the Alan Titchmarsh show, ‘The Queens Garden’ that aired in 2014. Could your wedding bouquet feel any more royal than knowing it was created by one of the Queen’s chosen florists?
The royal gift-list
Check out Wedgwood’s stand at Brides The Show for crockery and cutlery fit for a queen. Since the marriage of Queen Charlotte to George III in 1761, every British monarchy has had a Wedgwood collection. Time to give your gift-list a regal upgrade?