The Harrogate Bridal Show Part 1 – Background Info

The Harrogate Bridal Show Part 1 – Background Info

Over on Instagram last recently I’ve been chatting a bit about The Harrogate Bridal Show. I’ll be visiting the show as an exhibitor this weekend, and I thought I’d go into a bit more detail about what it’s actually all about!

What is The Harrogate Bridal Show?

The Harrogate Bridal Show is an annual trade exhibition and takes place in the exhibition centre of beautiful Yorkshire town, Harrogate.

It’s where wedding dress designers & manufactures go to showcase their newest collections which are yet to launch. Bridal shop owners attend and it’s a chance for them t not only preview the new collections, but also to catchup with the designers/brand owners and chat all things weddings & business!

The show doesn’t just host wedding dresses though. You’ll also find bridesmaid dresses, men’s suits, Mother of the Bride outfits, and bridal accessories. Fashion shows also happen throughout the exhibition (my favourite part!), which makes everyone feel super glam. Oh I do love the bridal industry!

Why am I going?

In January, you might remember I wrote about what I’m up to at the moment. One of my posts was about The Empty Box Company. Not sounding familiar? Have a read of it here.

The Empty Box Company is my parents’ company and over the course of this year I’ve become more involved. Their company has been a part of my life since the day I was born (they actually set it up in 1988 – 7 years before I came on the scene!). And as an adult I’ve really started to realise what an impact it’s had on me as a person, and how much I care about the business. So I feel it’s only natural I’d want to dip my toe in!

Right, back to Harrogate… I first attended the show when I was 14 months old (my parents were brave), and I went back pretty much every year of my childhood. Whilst it’s an incredibly hard-working weekend for my parents (Something I’ve recently come to appreciate…) for me & my brother it was a bit of a jolly. Some of my fondest childhood memories are from our time in Harrogate, but as an ‘adult’ I’ve always had other commitments so haven’t been back. However, this year I’ll be there, working away, and I can’t wait!

Next Post

As I’ve rambled on for long enough in this post, in my next post I’ll chat more about the work I’ll be doing at the show and the preparations that I’ve been involved with in the build-up.

All the photos from The Harrogate Bridal Show have come from their Facebook page. And the images of the boxes belong to The Empty Box Company.

Our Suppliers – Wedding Planning Update

Our Suppliers – Wedding Planning Update

Today I’m chatting about our suppliers; where we are up to, any problems along the way, and what’s left to do!

Our Suppliers – Where are we up to?

I’d say I’m about 50% of the way through the planning process now. And I definitely prioritised certain suppliers because I know they get booked up fast!

So what suppliers have we booked? The following have been ticked off my list…

  • Photographer
  • Florist
  • Cake Maker
  • Videographer
  • Evening Band
  • Caterers
  • Wedding Co-ordinator
  • Stationery

I’m also in the process of having my wedding dress made, and about to book hair & make-up. Phew!

As I’m fortunate enough to work with an abundance of amazing suppliers, I pretty much knew who I wanted and booked the first 6 almost immediately.

Our original wedding co-ordinator fell through, and at first I was pretty cross about it. But as it turned out I’m actually so glad! I went on a little hunt for wedding planners and found a wonderful lady on Instagram. I’m thrilled she’s now our wedding co-ordinator and I can’t wait for her to be part of our day!

Our Suppliers – What’s left to do?

Sounds like I’ve got it pretty sorted, right? Oh I wish! There’s still a lot to do… (not that I’m stressing or anything…!). So, what is actually left?

  • Bridesmaid & flower girl dresses
  • Bridal accessories (shoes etc for me & the girls)
  • Gents outfits (Kilts for Euan & his best man, suits for the ushers, and outfits for the page boys!)
  • Transport
  • Decor, all the decor!
  • Tables & chairs
  • Linen, cutlery, crockery, glassware… etc etc
  • Honeymoon (eek!)
  • Gifts for various people
  • Daytime music/entertainment

No doubt I’m forgetting some crucial things… Some of the above are urgent, others not so much. But it all still needs doing! Luckily, our church is booked. So if all else fails, at least we are actually getting married (and I’ll have a dress to wear).

Our Suppliers – Any problems?

Apart from the original wedding co-ordinator, we’ve actually had it pretty smooth-sailing so far (touch wood!). I just want to start really getting the smaller details sorted and then I’ll feel loads better. Anyone who’s previously been a bride-to-be will know those awful wedding dreams (nightmares) where everything is going wrong, or the day is happening earlier than it should, etc etc. But luckily I’ve used those nightmares as planning motivation, so whatever went wrong in the dream I’ve then sorted in real life and they seem to go away! (Until I start worrying about the next thing).

Supplier Top Tips

Okay so top tips for choosing suppliers…

  • Ask another supplier’s advice. Obviously this requires having actually booked a supplier, but you get to know a lot about different suppliers when you work in the industry so it’s well worth asking around for recommendations.
  • If you don’t know where to start but have a friend who’s been married or – even better – works in the industry, then ask their advice.
  • If in doubt, trust your instinct. If something doesn’t feel right, don’t rush into making a decision. Take your time and trust what you feel!
  • With photographers, make sure they send you a link to galleries of more than one full wedding. And if they don’t, just ask. It’s important that photography is consistent across not one wedding as a whole, but multiple weddings too. And if they’re reluctant to send you a gallery then that answers your question for you!
  • With florists, make sure their ‘style’ is in keeping with what you want from your wedding. They may be very talented, but just not your cup of tea. And you want your day to feel like yours so don’t be afraid of going for someone different who suits your style more.
  • Feel comfortable. With any supplier, but especially those who are going to be there on the day, the most important thing is that you feel comfortable. Yes, recommendations are super important but if you don’t feel comfortable with someone who has been recommended to you, keep searching until you find someone you do feel comfortable with. This is your day.

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Wedding Suppliers Summary

Wedding Suppliers Summary

WEDDING SUPPLIERS SUMMARY

 

It’s a little late, I know, but there has been so much going on recently that I’m only just sitting down to really focus on a few blog posts! As you (probably) already know, I exhibited at a couple of wedding fayres in October & November (catchup with the blog posts about them here and here), and I met some super wonderful fellow wedding suppliers. Here are a couple I wanted to talk about, and (in case you missed it!) but video summary is at the end also!

lila bailey wedding blog wedding suppliers summary

 

The Word Forest Organisation

The Word Forest Organisation is something that I have never come across before, but I seriously like the idea. There are a number of ways you can use their company, but essentially the end result being you have your very own ‘wedding forest’ planted. I mean, how fab is that?! Instead of asking for wedding gifts, you can ask your guests to buy you a tree on your selected plot of land in Kenya. 100 guests = 100 trees. AmAZing! Or you could gift the trees to your guests/bridesmaids/ushers etc as wedding favours, again, brilliant idea! And the Word Forest Organisation do it all for you (no travelling to Kenya required!). I honestly think this is such a fantastic company who are doing a wonderful thing, and they are also a registered charity which is just the icing on the cake really. Probably not everyone’s cup of tea, but a really unique idea if it’s your kind of thing.

lila bailey wedding blog wedding suppliers summary word forest organisation

 

Wedding Magicians

I’m still undecided about wedding magicians… Are they the next big thing or are they suitable for only specific types of weddings? Not sure! I’d love to hear what you think though, especially if you’ve had/are having a magician at your wedding, or you’ve been to a wedding with one.

I did, however, come across a magician who I really liked and thought had a great act. He was called Dan Brazier and he performed a card trick on me which, I have to say, was pretty impressive. I thought he was dressed suitable and was well presented which is, of course, very important as any form of entertainer!

lila bailey wedding blog wedding supplier summary wedding magician

 

The Illustrated Invitation

Lastly (I’m very excited about this one!) was a lady who was next to me at the Bath wedding fayre and her company was just to die for! Basically, they can sketch your wedding venue or church and then have the image printed on invitations/envelopes/save the dates, etc etc, and you can also purchase a framed illustration of your venue. I mean, wow! Not only do I love the idea, their style was gorgeous and simplistic which worked perfectly. The calligraphy is stunning across all their products and the drawings are in black and white which is all you need on stationary. I honestly love this company and I am 100% keeping them in mind for when I get married!

lila bailey wedding blog wedding suppliers summary illustrated invitation

 

Links

So there are my three favourite wedding suppliers from the two wedding fayres! Here are the links to their websites, and also the link to my video summarising them all.

The Word Forest Organisation

Ban Brazier

The Illustrated Invitation

 

Empty Box Company Open Event

Empty Box Company Open Event

Open Workshop and Outlet Sale

So it’s taken me a little longer than anticipated to get this blog post up… But better late than never, eh?

We had a fantastic time planning and co-ordinating the ‘Open Workshop and Outlet Sale’ event at The Empty Box Company. It was a very creative day with handmade boxes crafted by visitors. Plus the event was home to boxes in discontinued designs at reduced prices, and the glorious cakes provided by Cakes Bakes and Shakes, and Ruby Walker.

It was the first time The Empty Box Company had held an event like this. Opening their workshop doors was a fabulous success! Everyone left saying what a wonderful day it had been. Many people didn’t know the company had a workshop in Devon, despite it being up and running for almost 10 years! As an event planner, it’s great to hear positive feedback because it means the event you have planned has been worthwhile for your client.

 


And the best part? Event planners get to showcase the boxes!

EBC staff made an appearance, helping out with the ‘make-your-own-box’ stations. Bespoke boxes in wallpaper visitors had brought along were also made – how utterly talented!

 

All-in-all it was a very enjoyable and successful day with almost 100 people visiting! Below are a few more images from across the day…

(Nutmeg had earned her beauty sleep!)

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