SECC Wedding Show – September 2011

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Category : Wedding Shows

If ever there was a wedding show to go to in Scotland – then the SECC in Glasgow, is definately it!

From cars to photographers, wedding dresses to rings or just a good ole nosey around some of the finest Scottish wedding professionals – the SECC Wedding Show has it all. This year’s wedding show is on the 17th & 18th September and I have 5 pairs to giveaway!

To win a pair, simply leave a comment on the blog – stating, I need some wedding inspiration from the SECC Wedding fair along with what you still need to organise for your big day (if anything!).

The 5 winners will be picked at random and contacted via email on Wednesday 31st August.

Good luck!

Calling all Grooms

Category : Wedding Shows

It isn’t just us brides to be that get stressed out over our outfits or how our hair will look on the big day. Will our skin look shiny, or have that awesome dewy glow that we see in so many wedding pictures?

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Image by Gary Bonar Photography

 

Admittedly, there is a lot more choice for brides to be. With bridal boutiques offering an endless display of strapless, sleeveless, corseted, ivory, white or pink dresses and skin care counters that all seem to offer the perfect toner and moisturizer – our decisions are maybe that little bit more difficult to make, but grooms have some responsibilities to shoulder too. Standing up in front of all your guests and doing a speech as an example.

That to me would be nerve wracking……..totally nerve wracking – and I am glad I don’t need/will be expected to do that.

Luckily for all you Scottish grooms to be, those lovely girls over at the Scottish Wedding Directory are putting together a little event in sunny Glasgow to help you out. With stag do companies, honeymoon ideas, advice on skin treatments, speech writing tips and gifts for you best man and wife to be – the grooms event has everything you will need to help you plan for your big day!

The event takes place on Sunday, 3rd July, from 2pm-6pm at the Men’s Store. Tickets cost £10 per person. For more info or to book tickets, email Liz@scottishweddingdirectory.co.uk

The Royal Concert Hall Wedding Show, Glasgow

Category : Wedding Shows

Having been to both the Royal Concert Hall and the SECC Wedding Shows in the past couple of weeks – I thought it would be worthwhile giving a little rundown of them.

Let’s start with the Royal Concert Hall;

Not quite as big as the SECC, but the location is great. Right next to the bus station and Buchanan Galleries making it ideal for a girls day out.

The main hall is fine and offers suppliers the usual set up – but upstairs is a bit of a nightmare. Wedding fairs are notoriously busy, lots of brides to be, their mums and bridesmaids and even some grooms all trying to see everything on display and squeeze in for their bit of free cake (well, who can resist?!) so the narrow corriders make it more than a bit awkward.

Then we have the catwalk show. As funny as the male model tried to be, the whole show seemed to a bit unprofessional. I’m sure their were a few brides oohing and aahing over the dresses, but personally, I found that seeing the ill fitting dresses and in some cases, dresses which hadn’t even been zipped up on the models didn’t make me want to see more.

Those negatives aside, there were a few hidden gems in amongst all the suppliers that stood out for me;

  • If you fancy having a candy buffet with a difference, then Sweet Celebrations offer exactly that – a personalised candy cart that will definately give your sweetie buffet the wow factor;

sweet buffet

  • Dream Flowers by Elaine, this local florist stood out for me. Her stand was simple and the flower displays were fabulous
  • Paying for flowers for one day may seem extravagant, so why not make them last a little longer by preserving your bouquet? Bonnyton designs offer bouquet preservation from £45
  • Pictures last a lifetime, and I am sure every bride (and groom ofcourse!) wants the perfect photos of their big day. Worth a look are, Rich Pictures and Karl Double Photography.
  • I’ve mentioned the free cake and not only did the Sweetest Thing’s cake taste amazing – but there were some extremely creative designs too;

cookie bouquetthe sweetest thing cakes

All in all, a great day out – just be prepared to push your way through – and if you are looking for your ideal dress, then maybe give the catwalk show a miss and head on down to the bridalwear suppliers whilst everyone else is in the show!

SECC Wedding Show – Glasgow – Part 1

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Category : Wedding Shows

A couple of weeks ago I took my mum and bridesmaid along to the Scottish Wedding Show at the SECC in Glasgow.

Having never been to a wedding show before, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. The place was MASSIVE, with over 300 wedding suppliers under the one roof. Some brides were running around like kids in sweet shops, others clearly on a mission and then some, like myself, with no idea where to go first!

I suppose our big problem, was that I didn’t really know why I was there (which sounds quite silly really I assume?!) – but I wasn’t sure what I wanted from the show. We still have a lot left to organise – but did I want to book my cars? Should I attempt to try on lots of dresses? Should I know which questions to ask the florist? Did I have a firm idea of what I was looking for in stationery?

chevy bel air

In short, we walked around, taking leaflets from EVERYONE.

There were some fabulous cars, some lovely stationery, places to hire vintage crockery, wedding dresses galore, florists with some impressive displays and even some great cakes to taste (plus so so so much more). But, by not really knowing what I wanted, I wanted it all!

So, we left. Leaflets and business cards in hand – with some serious reading to do.

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