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It's a wise place to start if you're planning your big day

It's the first big challenge of your life as a 'forever couple' – planning your wedding. If you've just embarked on this lovely yet undoubtedly time-consuming task, you'll probably have a list or a spreadsheet that's getting longer and more complicated every day.

One way to make big strides with the wedding planning project in just one afternoon is to visit the North West's biggest wedding event: The National Wedding Show. It's on at EventCity, Manchester from 10-11 March, and promises to offer inspiration, advice, and planning tips for your big day, all in one place. 

The show will include over 200 of the best regional experts, planners and brands, including The Confetti Box, Whitfield & Ward, Stefan’s Jewellers, Horgans Wedding Cars, Ted Baker, Moss Bros, TUI, Ivory & Co and many more. There will also be features such as a bridal fashion show and flower workshops that will let you imagine the reality of your big day. 

The National Wedding Show is at EventCity, Manchester on 10 and 11 March. Tickets are priced from £14 Standard / £35 VIP. They're available here.

Here's our round-up of the show's highlights:

The Catwalk

Take a seat on the FROW at The Catwalk where the season’s newest wedding dress designs are showcased alongside beautiful bridal hair, accessories and make-up, as well as the latest looks for the whole of the wedding party, including suits and bridesmaid dresses.

The Joseph Massie Floral Inspiration Lab

A series of floral-focused workshops will help you create wrist corsages and button holes, and give you armfuls of tips on how to create something personal, unique and beautiful for your special day.

TUI Wedding Travel Lounge

TUI will be hosting the Wedding Travel Lounge and providing the ultimate in destination wedding and honeymoon services at the show. Head here for advice and expert knowledge on creating a celebration that is unique and bespoke, no matter how far from home.

The Eclectic Boutique

An area like no other at the show, The Eclectic Boutique is a must-visit for any bride or groom wanting something truly individual for the big day. Vintage glamour, rare table settings and treasures large, small and unusual can be found in the vast collection of products at this market-style area, which is curated by expert Kate Beavis.

Bubbles at The Champagne Bar

Visitors will be invited to take a time-out and toast each other, or a loved one, when they reach the heart of the show, at The Champagne Bar. 

VIP Experience

If you want the full National Wedding Show experience, book a VIP ticket. VIPs get priority entry at the door, a VIP goody bag, and access to a private lounge. They’re also the envy of the bunch as they get seated in the VIP section for The Catwalk.  

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