This weekend I went along to the Designer Wedding Show at Battersea Park. For me, it's great to see all the top industry movers and shakers under one roof, and a great opportunity to chat to them about their new collections and be inspired. Over the course of the day I picked out the best bits - everything from flowers, stationery and decoration ideas to new canapé and cocktail ideas - which I'm really excited to be photographing for Brides over the next few months. Whether you're planning a pretty vintage-themed reception, a chic, contemporary affair or a destination wedding, I'll be showing you new ways to make your wedding reception show-stoppingly gorgeous. In the meantime, there's no harm in sharing with you some of the highlights of the Show.
1. For pretty handmade invitations that are anything but traditional, take a look at the origami designs at www.paperbirddesign.co.uk. Made from delicate organza fabric, there are a selection of signature designs to choose from, which can be personalised to match your theme. I was drawn to the pretty Lotus flower design, which would make a unique wedding invitation, but would also work brilliantly as a placename.
2. If you're looking for a statement wedding cake, then Linda Fripp Designs is a good place to start and at the Show, the huge display of different designs was a reminder that there isn't a cake she can't create! It was her new cupcakes decorated to look like delicate white roses that caught my eye, and if I was getting married tomorrow this is without a doubt what I would choose. Check out www.lindafrippdesigns.co.uk
3. I am Paul Antonio Scribe's biggest fan, and it was great to see him at the Show on The Walton Street Stationery Company stand. With his calligraphy, he can turn words into art and when it comes to sending out your invitations, I love the idea of beautifully addressed envelopes. As they say, first impressions are everything. If your budget doesn't stretch to calligraphy on your envelopes, then consider asking Paul to write the placenames. After the wedding, guests can keep them as a memento of the day. www.paulantonioscribe.com
4. I loved seeing Amanda Austin's pretty new tablecentre arrangements at the Show. There was a stunning low urn filled with red amaryllis, limes and grapes that would be spot on for a winter wedding. I envisaged it in an oak-paneled room with towering candelabras and glistening gold tableware. I also liked her idea of filling tall, clear glass vases with faux ivy submerged in water and topping this with a huge spray of flowers. If you're after classic and beautiful wedding flowers, then take a look at her website for ideas. www.amandaaustinflowers.com
There were lots of other exciting new reception ideas that I saw and am looking forward to sharing with you in the magazine. Just watch this space!