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Bride: the wedding show at Sandown Park, Esher

PUBLISHED: 16:17 03 September 2013 | UPDATED: 16:17 03 September 2013

John Nassari

John Nassari


Bride: the wedding show has everything a real wedding should have – fantastic clothes, music and dancing, beautiful flowers… all the elements to make a perfect day of fun and inspiration.

The weekend event at Sandown Park, Esher, on Saturday October 26 and Sunday October 27, is expected to entertain up to 4,000 brides and grooms, with the chance to view more than 130 exhibitors, three choreographed catwalk shows daily, a Champagne bar, and casino tables by Viva Vegas.

From venues to jewellers, cake-makers to car hire, the show, organised by multi-media weddings group Archant Bride, publisher of Surrey Bride magazine and London Bride, is a great way to plan your big event, as well as a day full of entertainment. And you can collect free copies of the magazines for more ideas and expert advice.


To book tickets (which cost £10 on the door, with advance and group ticket discounts available), see

Individual tickets for the Sandown Wedding Show for readers are available at a discounted rate of £7.50 by entering in the promotional code SUR79 when prompted online at


Here is a taste of what’s on offer:

Nigel Rayment

Top milliner Nigel previews his 2014 collection at Bride: the wedding show and will also be taking a scene in the catwalk extravaganzas. The designer’s innovative and striking hats are complemented by hand-dyed flowers and feathers and can be colour matched to any outfit for weddings, or other special occasions.

Let It Be Cake

The award-winning wedding cake specialist is well-known for creating cakes with scrumptious flavours. Made with love and the very best ingredients each wedding cake tastes as good as it looks.

The SoulMates

This dynamic band performs music from all eras throughout London, Surrey and all across the South East. Whether you are planning an intimate wedding with family and friends or a large scale evening reception the six musicians have the ability and experience to ensure you and your guests enjoy every moment. “If you’re in the mood for dancing come and see us at the stage area or visit us on stand 129,” they say.

Zita Elze Flowers

Zita designs with the excitement and passion of her Brazilian roots fused with the delicacy of English garden flowers, providing gorgeous and unique fresh floral bridal gowns and transforming venues into magical wedding settings. She was awarded Best Wedding Florist in 2012.

John Nassari Photography

Internationally-acclaimed John Nassari is one of London’s most accomplished reportage photographers. His award-winning wedding photography shows his unique ability to capture emotions and feelings through the lens of his camera.

Gwen Russell Couture

Gwen Russell’s collection is a blend of period and contemporary style. Her custom-made gowns don’t follow the latest trends in wedding design but interpret the bride’s dream look.


Top 10 ways to make the most of a wedding fair/show

1. If you’re looking for something specific – groom’s wear, cakes etc – make a list of the must-see suppliers you want to speak to and head there first. Then enjoy the rest of the day browsing the others.

2. If you’re not looking for something in particular, just ideas in general, chat to as many suppliers as you can about what they’re offering and their products on display.

3. Don’t leave it too late – don’t think you’ll be able to whizz around in an hour and get key items sorted. You will get distracted by other suppliers and may have to wait to talk to the ones you specifically want to talk too.

4. Take advantage of discounts and offers available but don’t let yourself be pressurised into buying if you’re not sure.

5. Take a break and have something to eat/drink. This will give you time to mull over anything you might need/want to make a decision about on the day.

6. Don’t miss the catwalk show – even if you’ve already got your gown it’s worth watching. It’s entertainment at its best with brides having been heard calling their non-marrying friends to come down just to watch it. You might also pick up ideas for the groom, mother-of-the-bride or bridesmaids.

7. Don’t be afraid to ask questions – no matter how silly they might seem to you. Our suppliers are all there purposefully to help you and answer these questions.

8. Don’t be afraid to try things out – if you like the idea of a photo booth but want to see how it works have a go, equally sample those tasty looking cupcakes they’re offering you and, if there’s a gown you love the look of ask if you can try it on. The same goes with hair/make-up demonstrations.

9. See as many of the suppliers as you can. They will provide you with even more ideas for your big day.

10. There will be entertainers all around the show – factor in some time to watch them or the demonstrations going on. You might find the performer of your dreams, pick up some ideas or simply go away having enjoyed their performance.

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