The National Wedding Show 2017

Here at Dodmoor House we live and breathe weddings, and it's a huge passion of ours regardless of whether we are already married, currently engaged, or single! We love nothing more than reading our favourite wedding blogs for hours, creating our "secret" wedding pinterest boards, and sharing the wonderful wedding inspiration our couples bring to Dodmoor week in and week out.

We jumped at the chance to go and have a look around the National Wedding Show at the NEC in Birmingham on Sunday 5th March. Armed with a large Starbucks each we covered the entire exhibition and thought we would report the following trends we found with you!

Flower Walls

Any avid wedding enthusiast will remember Kim and Kanye's infamous flower wall at their wedding in Italy in May 2014. It seems that UK florists have taken this craze on board, with almost every florist exhibitor showcasing gorgeous walls filled to the brim with blooms.

Backless Wedding Dresses

We couldn't help but look at a few dresses on our travels, and let us tell you there were some amazing bargains there! One type of dress we saw over and over again was a daring backless number! Absolutely stunnning for Spring/Summer weddings.

Chalkboard Guest Books

Couples at Dodmoor seem to be loving the chalkboard trend at the moment, and we have a vast collection ourselves too, as they are so simple and effective! We saw this huge chalkboard guestbook on the way out of the exhibition and thought how cool it would be to have a smaller version (we may struggle to fit this size in at DH!) of this at your wedding, to then proudly display in your home!

Charity Favours

As we wandered the NEC we saw quite a few stalls for charities such as Dogs Trust UK and Cancer Research. Weddings obviously cost people a lot of money, and we think it's such a fabulous idea to give back to those more in need than us. Why not put the money you'd have spent on favours towards charity pins for your guests, letting them know you have made a donation as part of your wedding!


There was so much inspiration at the show that we could go on all day! There were many excellent suppliers including some of Dodmoor's very own, such as the lovely Richard Shephard and The Distractions! We would thoroughly recommend grabbing your bridal squad and going next time!

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