Bellissima Weddings takes you Behind the Scenes at the Harrogate Bridal Show
See what we see when we go shopping at the biggest bridal exhibition in the UK!
Harrogate Bridal Show 2018! Ever wanted to see behind the scenes at a wedding show? Well we’ll take you there!
Bridal exhibitions are all about convenience and ease of access to, sometimes, hundreds of wedding suppliers in as many categories as can fit under one roof, but behind the scenes, they’re massive productions whose organisation rivals that of even the biggest, most complicated wedding!
The Harrogate Bridal Show is the UK’s signature bridal buying event and hosts more world leading designers and manufacturers than any other show in the UK. Held in the beautiful spa town of Harrogate for over 30 years. It’s the sheer wealth of choice that sets The Harrogate Bridal Show apart and keeps attracting thousands of buyers’ year after year. There are over 350 collections from world leading brands and you can see everything from bridal gowns to menswear, bridesmaids to shows, headdresses to lingerie all under one roof. Its pretty great & we haven’t even mentioned Betty’s Tea Rooms yet!
The show is a highlight on our bridal calendar and feels as much like a holiday as a work trip! So many beautiful new collections from our favourite brands and the chance to find those little pieces of jewellery or accessories that you never would have thought of looking for! Plus Harrogate is beautiful! Seriously, if you haven’t been get it on your list! Too many pretty little tea shops, restaurants, pubs and gorgeous green spaces! Its a really old town and it has kept its look and feel perfectly. Anyway! Wedding Dresses!
At the Harrogate Bridal Show we managed to catch up with a lot of old friends and colleagues in the industry and also choose some new designs for you to fall in love with! Firstly we have new styles coming in from Wendy Makin, if you haven’t heard of them yet you need to check them out! Designing bridal in Australia for over 30 years, Wendy Makin is one of our go-to brands now for really modern yet feminine wedding dresses that look just stunning on! See their current styles we have in-store here and we have put a little sneak peek below!
Next up is the always glam, Mori Lee! We were not disappointed this year and loved their new collection! Lace was very much still on the agenda but they have used it very delicately so its not too over the top and the silhouettes this season were just the way we like them, effortless! Not too structured on the whole but with the option to create more shape if needed – you’ll love ’em! See their current collection here.
Now, there’s a sickness in the wedding industry. A terrible thing that we all get from time to time… ivory blindness! Its awful and it happens mostly when you’ve been looking at nothing but beautiful bridals 3-4 days straight. We don’t want that to happen to you so we’re going to break this up with some accessories!
Ivory & co create the finest collection of bridal tiaras, headpieces and wedding jewellery. All handcrafted using Austrian crystals plated in precious metals which make for the most special of pieces on your big day. Their award-winning designs at the Harrogate Bridal Show were even better than we’d seen before and we just wanted them all! Those delicate little gold leaf tiaras were gorgeous.
Back to wedding dresses now and our old friends Kenneth Winston had outdone themselves again! Very sweet dresses that we can imagine so many of our brides loving. Contemporary, yet really timeless with fabrics that feel sumptuous! There are so many choices when it comes to styles you could choose from Kenneth Winston, meaning your dream gown could be classic and elegant, to a little daring and sexy, to ballgown and bold! They’ve got it all!
Thus concludes our behind the scenes report on the Harrogate Bridal Show. We hope you are inspired and excited for the new things coming our/your way – we certainly are! Keep your eyes peeled for updates on our Facebook and Instagram on when the new designs will be coming in!
L & the girls xx
p.s you need to try the cakes and scones at Betty’s Tea Rooms! They are legendary and lethal! One bite and you just can’t stop!