Saturday 16 March 2019


I was a budding teenager when my closest aunt got married. I was 13 then and it was my first time to be a maid of honour. Now that I'm planning my own wedding, I can't help but appreciate how lucky we are now with the world wide web at our disposal. Back then, there was no internet to check who are the available florist on your wedding, let alone see various reviews to check their past businesses or if they're credible enough for you to entrust your big day in their hands. Each enquiry should be done face to face, almost. The same is true for the wedding gown, venue, caterer and the list goes on!

Last year, I booked two tickets so Gab and myself can go to The National Wedding Show held at ExCel London (February 2019). I'm glad I did. It's a very effective way to kickstart your wedding preparation because, obviously, we are such novices on all things wedding. Here are some of my recollections:

1. I love the fact that there are food, cafes, toilets and coat rooms. It was still chilly that time and dragging your coat all through out is a downer. Note that there's a tiny charge for it.
2. You'll get a free wedding magazine (Confetti, that's the name) and I'm telling you, I never get tired of looking at it for two weeks after the event.
3. Tip: I took pictures on most flyers instead of going home with so much paper.
4. Since it's well over a year before our wedding ceremony, I enjoyed the process of not being rushed into anything. We will be having our civil ceremony well in advance.
5. It took me just a couple of minutes to realise that the WEDDING LOCATION is everything! It will dictate your dress, your motif and most importantly, your budget.
6. You'll get dozens of inside tips from the experts.
7. The event has a bridal wedding fashion show!
8. Lastly, being surrounded by bride-to-be's like myself is nice. There's really a warm fuzzy feeling by association. It's nice to know you're not alone.

I highly recommend attending one of their events if you're near the area. They also have shows in Manchester, Birmingham and Newcastle. Note that this post is by no means sponsored. I plan (operative word: plan) to chronicle our wedding day journey on this blog and I think this is a good article to begin the series. -CMK


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