Win tickets to the London ExCeL Wedding Show

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And now for a little weekend giveaway – hurray!

One of the most fun parts of wedding planning must surely be going to the wedding shows and fairs, and there’s something for every style out there, whether it’s classic or quirky or somewhere else on the big, wide wedding spectrum.

I’ve been told that The London ExCeL Wedding Show returns from January 31st to February 1st, 2015, so get your friends together and head down there for what sounds like a lot of fun. Certainly something to look forward to after the gap that Christmas leaves!

What Can You Expect to See?

OK, you have your designer dresses, decadent cakes, sparkling accessories, fabulous flowers, dashing groomswear, honeymoons, the lot. Everything you can think of that you need for your big day is under the one roof to try out and to buy if you decide ‘that’s the one for me!’

There’s also a catwalk show! I love a catwalk show. I just love them. This one happens three times a day and as well as the main bridal dress, it includes the menswear, the mother-of-the-bride attire, and the bridesmaids’ dresses.

There’s even a host of wedding experts on hand ready to give you their top tips, including the UK’s number one Bridal Coach Michele Paradise, who will provide you with invaluable advice on how to walk in fabulous shoes and achieve the perfect pose for your photographs, as well as advising on choosing a dress to properly flatter your body shape. Every girl’s got to feel her best on her wedding day, and a well-fitting dress is key.

Freddie Entertainment will be performing renditions of all your favourite classic songs. Get your disco dancing skills sharpened up, people.

Here’s the bit that made me happy: the Champagne bar in which to end the lovely day. Grand stuff!

And finally, your free goody bag, packed with products and a free show guide, so that you can contact your favourite exhibitors after the day.

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Labels and Love

This season’s exhibitor line-up includes:

  • John Lewis
  • Debenhams
  • Burton
  • Moss Bros
  • Sandals
  • Ivory & Co Tiaras
  • Nigel Rayment
  • Coo Jewellers
  • Charm Cupcakes

Liking the sound of all this just a little bit? Thought you might!

Well, Way Out Wedding and The London ExCeL Wedding Show have teamed up to offer FIVE lucky readers and their ‘plus one’ the chance to win a pair of complimentary tickets to this event.

If you’d like to be in with a chance of winning these fabulous tickets, email me your name and address, and I’ll pick five entrants at random to win a FREE pair of tickets. Tickets are valid any day and are limited to one pair per winner. So, get cracking and email me already!!

Don’t worry if you’re not a lucky winner because you can still book in advance and save £2 off the door price*. To book, visit or call the ticket hotline on 0844 874 0787.

* Advance ticket prices revert to the on the door price of £10 at midnight the day before opening.

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For more information, visit the website, Facebook, Twitter – @ukweddingshows/ #UKWSLDN

Or email Katie or Emma at Good Results PR for further information, or call them on 020 3397 5180.

Spring 2015 ticket prices –

Advanced standard tickets £8.00

On the door standard tickets £10.00

Terms  and Conditions:

  • Only available on standard advance adult tickets
  • Offer valid on any day
  • Offer valid on tickets purchased via telephone or internet
  • Offer subject to availability
  • Offer only valid on The London ExceL Wedding Show Spring 2015
  • Ocean Media reserves the right to withdraw this offer at any time
  • Transaction fees apply
  • Ticket price includes a free show guide.

Good luck, lovelies, and let me know about your experience as soon as you can!

Beth and Jim’s ‘some day on a mountain’ barbecue wedding


Things I love about this wedding: the bride’s twinkly, divine and non-traditional dress; the chilled out barbecue vibe; the dancing, smiles and laughter that you can hear as you look through the photos; oh, and the venue used to be a Christmas tree farm. You heard me right on that last one. So, so cool!

Beth met Jim, a friend of her sister’s, over a game of water balloon war in the park with her friends.

Jim was there and there was instantly something in his smile. We talked while walking from the park to go get a drink with the group. It took weeks of chance encounters while spending time with my sister until we spent a night alone.

After a party that we attended with our group of friends we went out for a night of dancing and then stayed awake until 7 am talking and eating tomatoes off the vine on my sister’s porch.

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The Proposal

Jim proposed to me at the top of Camel’s Hump, one of the Green Mountains in Vermont. We were supposed to hike it almost a year earlier for a friend’s wedding, but it was raining so we passed. Coincidentally, it was also raining the day we got engaged. Jim proposed on one knee with a piece of dental floss wrapped around the ring so it didn’t fly off, which is a good thing because there were high winds and low visibility at the summit! It was the first mountain I ever hiked and almost did not make it to the top. He knew me well enough to bring a PBR beer to celebrate with instead of champagne.


Enchanted Brides Snow White Styled Shoot


By now, you know I’m a lover of the styled shoot. And that I’m a little bit partial to a Snow White theme. The reds and whites are filled with symbolism of purity and passion, not that you need to be pure of course, but they’re also sort of Christmassy, which is where I’m at at the moment: prematurely festive.

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Styled shoots on the wedding blogs are your equivalent of a glossy magazine editorial – inspirational, aspirational and located just outside of reality. They’re a place where you lose yourself in a daydream of weddingness, and fabulous vendors and suppliers get to let fly their creativity, their artistic side, their talent, in a way that fully complements the services you’d get from them for your own big day.


Beauty Bloggers Wanted


Pretty excitingly, Way Out Wedding is growing and expanding, so I’m looking for amazing experts to join the team of contributors.

The first area of the site to get a boot in the behind is the beauty section. This is something brides- and grooms-to-be will be thinking of as high priority as they plan to be their most glamorous selves on the big day. It’s a section of the blog that’s lacking at the moment. Time to fix it.

So, are you a make-up artist, a hair stylist, or maybe a total beauty product junkie who loves to write? Way Out Wedding needs you! Here’s the sort of thing I’m after…


Four awesome tattooed brides

I just love tattoos, totally wish I had one, and I think they look so extra gorgeous on brides and grooms.

Maybe this is a post you could wave at those who enquire inanely if you’re covering them up for your big day. “Um, no. And here would be why. Regard the awesomeness of tattoos, especially in a wedding environment.”


Top left – Juliane Berry
Top right – Assassynation
Bottom left – Hand in Hand Photography
Bottom right – Erin Jean Photography