With wedding planning season in full swing, Brand Manager Pippa Ward has been busy checking out this season’s brand new ideas that will amaze, inspire and help you save money on your big day…

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Planning the big day!

I’m getting married! Yes, my gorgeous man, Chris, popped the question on a gondola in Venice, just before Christmas. It was so romantic! Now I get to plan my very own wedding as well as thinking about everyone else’s.

First stop was the bustling National Wedding Show at London’s Olympia. Every year it’s jam packed with hundreds suppliers that are all ready to help you plan the wedding of your dreams. This year’s show kicked off with a dramatic bridal catwalk show, headlined by the amazing Ian Stuart, whose Supernova collection looks femininely fabulous!

Dress shopping at the show can be pretty crazy at times but you can really pick up some great bargains here, but if you do want a more private experience, then I would advise making an appointment with the boutiques that are exhibiting. The show also hosts an amazing selection of suppliers who are ready to add those magical finishing touches to your big day. It’s well worth a visit and it’s a great day out for you and your girls.

My best bits of the National Wedding Show

  • Gorgeous gowns by Ian Stuart
  • Chic shoes by Rachel Simpson
  • Guides for Brides’ fab new wedding app
  • BeeArtizan’s unique favours and stationery

Fabulous formalwear

My next stop was at a stylish new menswear store in Woking – Stephen Bishop Suiting, which was launched to give men just as much pampering as us girls.

With years of experience in the formalwear industry, Steve wanted to design a store where your guys can get made-to-measure suiting at an affordable price. However, Steve Bishop Suiting don’t just do made-to-measure, they also offer a massive range of off-the-rack suits ready to buy, in store. They’re also offering some amazing introductory deals, so it’s worth booking early to make the most of the savings!

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Posies and pampering

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I went to the launch of the flower stall, at the new Covent Garden CHANEL beauty boutique. Here, specialist fragrance experts offer one-to-one consultations, which beauty lovers can book today! It’s the perfect place to get some pre-wedding pampering!

From Friday 8th March to Sunday 10th March the flower stall at the Covent Garden CHANEL beauty boutique will be showcasing gorgeous flowers that are used in their most celebrated fragrances. It’s a great chance to get some floral inspiration for your wedding, and pick up a few posies for your mum!

If Harrods did weddings…

Well now they do! We joined them for the launch of Weddings by Harrods, the ultimate luxury wedding planning service where every need is catered for! With exquisite venues, gourmet dining and world famous brands, this really is the crème de la crème of wedding luxury.

Next time…

Join us next time for all the behind-the-scenes gossip from the British Bridal Exhibition, where Pippa will bring you the very latest style trends straight from the catwalk!

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