London Olympia 22 – 24 September | Birmingham NEC 29 September – 1 October
ExCel London 21 – 22 October | Manchester Central 28 – 29 October

Whether you take your fiancé, your mum, your bridal party or some friends, The National Wedding Shows are a great day out for brides-to-be. They are the UK’s biggest wedding shows – with over 800 specialists across the four shows in London, Birmingham and Manchester – so you’ll be able to try, buy, book and hire everything you need for your perfect day.

And not only will the shows help you to plan and get organised for w-day, but they’ll also provide you with lots of inspiration and, most importantly, fun! Here are just some of things you can do while there.

1 The hitched.co.uk Wedding Planning Platform

Whether you take your fiancé, your mum, your bridal party or some friends, The National Wedding Shows are a great day out for brides-to-be. They are the UK’s biggest wedding shows – with over 800 specialists across the four shows in London, Birmingham and Manchester – so you’ll be able to try, buy, book and hire everything you need for your perfect day.

And not only will the shows help you to plan and get organised for w-day, but they’ll also provide you with lots of inspiration and, most importantly, fun! Here are just some of things you can do while there.

2 Enjoy the Secret Garden VIP experience

As a VIP, you’ll discover hidden treats and surprises around every corner in the new and exclusive Secret Garden. You’ll also be treated to fast-track entry, reserved catwalk show seating, a complimentary cocktail from Twisted Halo and a goody bag worth over £100. So, what are you waiting for? Get your VIP ticket now!

3 Nail the basics

With over 300 experts at each show, you’ll be sure to tick lots of wedding planning basics off your list in one day. Whether you’re after a stunning country house or a cool urban spot, there will be a selection of venue specialists who can help make your dream a reality. You’ll also find a range of award-winning photographers, wedding day cars, entertainment acts and more.

4 Get involved in a wedding workshop

If you’re planning to get crafty for your nuptials, you can learn a fun new skill at one of the DIY wedding workshops in The Inspiration Lab. Plus, Lancôme’s experts will be on hand to offer make-up tips at the Lancôme Pop-Up Skill Sessions.

5 Find your dream dress

You’ll find the largest number of gowns under one roof in the UK, so you can browse collections from the nation’s finest designers, retailers and boutiques, and try on as many dresses as you like – all without appointments! Bridesmaids and grooms will also be spoilt for choice, with a fantastic array of dresses and suits available for them, too.

London Olympia 22 – 24 September | Birmingham NEC 29 September – 1 October

ExCel London 21 – 22 October | Manchester Central 28 – 29 October
*Advance saving based on the door price of £20 (1 adult) and £35-40 (1 VIP). Transaction fee applies.
Please note: Features may vary at each show location. Images courtesy of Louise Bjorling.