There is no better way than to spend a Sunday at a wedding fair.

2020 is my year to make sure I attend as many wedding fairs as possible because I literally can’t get enough of them. I had a choice between two wedding fairs this weekend but I chose to attend The Urban Luxe Wedding Fair being held at Victoria Warehouse in Manchester and presented by Brides Up North, who are one of my favourite companies to follow. They show real weddings, suppliers, exhibitions and so much more on their social media channels and I always have a great time at their events. The last event held by them, I attended in 2019 and was held at Capesthorne Hall, it was a festival style event with prosecco vans, marquees and summer styled suppliers however the Urban Luxe event was completely different and that’s what I loved about it!

We made our way into Manchester for 11am as I’d registered for the wedding fair and I desperately wanted to get a goodie bag before they ran out. I always feel really welcomed by the team when I attend these events and everything is explained to you, where to go and who to see etc. We started our day meeting with Qube who are a wedding planning company and they had a setup within the warehouse with an aisle setting and unique table decor. I’d personally say I’m quite a traditional bride to be and my colour scheme is light for our spring wedding, I’m thinking classy smaller table displays, lots of flowers, greenery and candles so the event at Victoria Warehouse was my time to think outside of the box and see if any unique ideas popped out at me as the decor was more grungy and quirky. The set up by Qube was stunning and perfectly fit the warehouse venue and I’ve definitely come away with some ideas for lighting and hanging floral displays. The rest of the exhibitors were downstairs and as we wandered down the quirky staircase we could hear music and a buzzing atmosphere which got us really excited. All the suppliers were quick to welcome me and ask if I needed any assistance. Whilst I plan on doing a lot of the decor myself and have friends and family helping out with different aspects of the day, I do love getting ideas from suppliers which I always make sure to let them know straight away.

The most specific suppliers I was drawn to were Event Walls and their prosecco display because who couldn’t be drawn in by this. Also I always gravitate towards the wedding dresses. I spoke to two companies based within Greater Manchester, Ivory Promise and The Dressing Room and I can most definitely say I’ll be paying them a visit at some point because the dresses were stunning and they offered great advice. The music we had heard coming down the stairs was a saxophone player called Jonny Ross who made me consider hiring some other entertainment than a DJ. I definitely want a DJ for the night do as I love a good dance but I’m now considering a jazz band or sax player for the interval between food and the night do, I’ll definitely be doing some research on this. Before leaving I had a quick look at The Event Edit who were displaying neon signs. Their work is incredible and they provide different options from just hiring a sign on it’s own or creating a floral or feathered display, even hiring out disco balls as decoration. This gave me inspiration to add a little extra something for the evening.

It’s a really good feeling walking away from a wedding fair with so much inspiration and ideas including the goodie bag I received with leaflets and bridal magazines to keep and look back on for inspo. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for future events held by Brides Up North.