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London Bridal Week, 2023

Mid-March saw the return of Bridal Week and The White Gallery at the London Excel. We have been so excited from the moment our Platinum Buyer invite arrived from Kelsey Rose.

Owners of Vicki's Bridal Boutique arrive at London Bridal Week

So Monday 20th March, we made our way to Ebbsfleet Station to jump on the high-speed to London. One quick train and DRL ride (changing at the right stop this time!) later, we arrived at the London Excel.

First stop was dropping our bags off at the hotel, then in to get our passes. Now for anyone that hasn’t been to the Excel before, it is HUGE with loads of exhibits running at the same time, a lot of which look quite similar as you walk past…until that is you get to Bridal Week! There is no mistaking what this exhibit is all about, bright, white and a gorgeous display of stunning wedding dresses ready to greet you as you arrive. With our white lanyards round our necks and our Bridal Week bags over our shoulder, we were ready to explore.

With a bit of time to spear before our first appointment, we took a quick whizz round to see what Bridal Week and The White Gallery had to offer this year and of course a chance for Megan to grad some social content to share with you lovelies. Also chance to say a hello and touch base with the lovely ladies at Freda Bennet, Jane and Christine. As well as a quick nose of the Kelsey Rose and Ellis Bridals stand before our appointment on Tuesday.

Bridal Catwalk

Our first appointment was actually with a software company to help us run thing back of house. Though not so glamorous, Bridal Week isn’t just about the gorgeous bridal gowns, it is always a great place to discover new ways of making sure we can improve all aspects of our business to ensure our brides have the best experience possible.

After some free sarnies from the Platinum Lounge (who doesn’t love a free lunch?!) it was off to our next appointment with Love and Liberty, a designer that has been on our radar for a while. And there is no question that their bridal dresses are beautiful. Finishing our first day of the Excel, it is the Fashion Show. Always one of our favourite parts of Bridal Week, watching all the upcoming trends and of course seeing our girls Kelsey Rose and Ellis Bridals make a statement on the Catwalk.

Owners of Vicki's Bridal Boutique outside London Tower Bridge

We always like to use Bridal Week as a chance to catch up with other boutique owners. We had the pleasure of bumping into some familiar faces such as the lovely Lorraine from Olive Blossom in Hampshire, and Jane from County Brides of Faversham. We also take the opportunity to catch up with the lovely ladies at Ashleigh Richards, who we met at our first Bridal Week last year. This time we headed to the Coppa Club at Tower Bridge, which I have to say, we highly recommend. The burger was gorgeous, and the cocktails were something else!! It’s always so nice to have a good old giggle and share ideas. After of course getting a selfie with a Tower Bridge backdrop, we headed back to the hotel taking some gorgeous nighttime sights of London. By half 8 we were back at the hotel tucked up with our chocolate watching rubbish on telly!

Day 2 - We were up bright and early, getting ready and packed up before heading down to breakfast. Once Megan had updated the socials, it was time to head off to our first appointment with Sophie Rose Bridal. A British designer, lovingly making all her brides dresses in her Hampshire studio. Her collection really is one for a timeless bride, perfect if you are looking for an easy, effortless look for your big day. This certainly is a designer we got very excited about.

Hannah looking through the Kelsey Rose wedding dress collection

Last but not least, it was time to head over to see the lovely team at Kelsey Rose. Time to get down to business over on the Kelsey Rose stand, watching their stunning model show off their gorgeous new collection. I don’t want to give too much away about the Golden Hour Collection but all I will say is that it was the easiest collection to choose, you are going to love it!!

Safe to say, we had a fab time at this year's London Bridal Week and White Gallery and can’t wait to hit Harrogate in September.

Head over to our Instagram for sneak peaks of what is to come over the next year. @vickisbride


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