For those of you who have been to bridal expos in the past, whether as stressed brides-to-be, or long-suffering family members, or bridesmaids, you will know that they often leave a lot to be desired when it comes to, well, taste.
It seems that often, attaching the word 'bridal' or 'wedding' to something gives vendors free reign to ramp up the frou frou, over-the-top, gaudy styling and props (we're looking at you, stretch pink Hummer) and those wanting a simple, elegant affair are left seriously wanting.
Well, it seems the tide is turning. As we stare directly down the barrel of Bridal Season, the team at The Urban List are working hard to create a comprehensive Bridal Guide for the bride (and groom) looking for an elegant, tasteful wedding day. The Urban List Bridal Guide will launch in September and will feature a treasure trove of wedding inspiration for the discerning bride and groom, so get excited!
To whet your appetite for the Guide, we couldn't wait to tell you about some Bridal showcases that are lifting the bar (way, way up) and that are definitely worth a look if you're in the wedding planning stage. (Or if you just have a thing for wedding dresses. No judgment)
In case you needed another excuse to visit Byron, the Byron Bridal showcase is the perfect place to get your fix of all things beautifully bridal. The showcase will be held in the gorgeous Ewingsdale Hall, and will feature vendors who have collaborated on four styled spaces (Summer, Autumn, Winter, and Spring). There will be an event planner in each space, as well as vendors for every service you need to make your wedding day beautiful. If you're planning a wedding and need some inspiration, this is a must visit.
TUL BONUS: The Byron Bridal team are also kindly giving away two tickets to their showcase to a lucky Urban List reader. Simply leave a comment below, telling us why you want them, and you'll go into the draw to win!
When: Saturday, 17August, 10am – 6pm
Contact: 0422 697 238
The Wedding Collective is a new level of bridal showcase. Taking their cue from Gatsby this year, the prestigious event brings together some of the best and most creative names in weddings, and promises to showcase an impressive range of products and services. There will be canapés, champagne, and wonderful prizes on offer, and guests will even get a sneak peek at George Wu's gorgeous collection for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.
When: Wednesday, August 21 at 7pm
Where: Mirra Private Dining
Contact: 0411 074 154
Tagging themselves as 'a wedding event for the fun bride and groom', The Wedding Arcade brings a unique twist to the bridal showcase industry. Keeping the details close to their chest is at the heart of The Wedding Arcade's mysterious premise, but guests are told to expect a twilight tour, a magical ceremony, and a styling sensation, plus lots more. Drinks and food will be abundant, so get your tickets now!