On Saturday I donned my ‘Chief Bridesmaid’ hat and trotted off to The Scottish Wedding Show at the Glasgow SECC. The biggest show of its kind in Scotland, Hall 4 is transformed into the stuff of brides’ dreams. Hundreds of exhibitors, from dress shops, vehicles (there was even a bus), photographers and venues to accessories, caterers and musicians, a beauty zone and hundreds upon thousands of Quality Streets being given out, it was truly a girly extravaganza!
Our first port of call was of course a glass of bubbly. Sets Kerry’s ring off nicely I think! We went for the VIP package (£30 in advance) and received a glass of fizz on arrival, a goody bag filled with discounts, sweets and treats from Elemis and Loreal, and importantly – somewhere to sit! I can’t overstate the joy of having access to an extra seating area! The exhibitor zone was packed with stands offering everything a wedding needs – from the hen party to the honeymoon – all with leaflets, magazines, samples etc. If you’re planning on going to a wedding show I really recommend getting some weightlifting practice in before hand, and bringing a sturdy rucksack. Or just your bridesmaid and tell her it’s part of her ‘duties’! Not that that’s what my pal did…
Halfway through and we needed a quick refreshment. The Cocktail Bar was by 10 Dollar Shake, who, if I was having a wedding, would definitely be invited. This strawberry gin fizz garnished with black pepper was devine.
On to the fashion show, where, thanks to our VIP passes, we had front row seats
Not pictured – lots of men in kilts, sorry, was distracted. The fashion show was filled with beautiful dresses. I felt as though the styling was a bit safe – the shoes and the hair were slightly dull, but I do understand that they were trying to sell the dresses, not make a statement. A bit of a statement would have been nice though.
The Scottish Wedding Show has everything to get you in the mood for planning a wedding. My bride pal has only just gotten engaged and is planning a wedding in 2015 so we just went for a girly day, but if you’re further forward in your wedding plans I’m sure you would get a lot out of a show like this. I would recommend checking out the exhibitor list on the website a few days before and going with a plan of action. Many of the stalls offer a huge discount for booking with them on the day, so if you already know you want them, why not?
We’ve decided that Kerry’s wedding with definitely have an ice cream truck, a photo booth and fireworks. You know, the important things.
I believe that the next show is planned for February 2014, keep your eyes peeled on their website ladies!