This is probably the most nerve wracking post we will ever have to write…
Those of you in the wedding industry awoke to the news this morning that the Designer Wedding show has sadly had to suspend trading and file for insolvency. In turn this has meant that the show, due to be held in February at Battersea Park in London ,has been cancelled leaving those suppliers that were due to exhibit – (many of which are small businesses with limited budgets) left out of pocket. The lovely Annabel from Love My Dress was the first to express her sadness at the news ,adding that over the years she has loved attending the event reporting on exciting new talents and trends to watch out for.
The Designer Wedding Show has been an institution, so it is devastating to think of all those that will now lose out, not only with money, but with the time that went into organising and preparing for this event. Many used The Designer Wedding Show, in particular, as their platform to launch new products and services, and as Annabel mentioned, there is now a huge question mark over the future of the traditional wedding fair format.
It has become clear to us through working on Bespoke Bride, that smaller fairs, many of which we attend and exhibit at ,such as the Designer Vintage Bridal Show and The Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza ,are adding a personal and unique twist on the traditional wedding fair. Not only that, the online market place such as Etsy and Not on the High Street have had a massive impact on the way couples now shop for their wedding, and as we have seen our own blog grow so rapidly over the past year, it is obvious that blogs have an influential role as well.
So now would seem as better time than any to introduce you to something we have kept under wraps and have been working on for some time…
The Online Wedding Show… Created specifically for those who want to create a wedding day full of personality and passion, with products and services that are unique and alternative, in other words a truly Bespoke Wedding. What makes this show special is that exhibitors will be there for brides and grooms to connect with and explore from anywhere and at anytime, all from the comfort of their own home. As well as that, independent and unique wedding businesses will be able to receive the recognition that they deserve from brides and grooms all over.