Set in the beautiful Harrogate area, the 2012 British Bridal Exhibition was a truly stunning and memorable event. The exhibition is the largest trade-only wedding fair of its kind in Europe and we always eagerly anticipate attending each year; showcasing our wide range of bridal fabrics, lace and embellishments while meeting with our couture customers is a vital way to keep at the very forefront of modern trends and maintain our enviable reputation and position in the modern wedding market.
Despite many cultural and economic changes, the wedding industry remains as strong as ever. Couples continue to desire marriage and the wedding dress remains an essential component of the big day. Innovation continues to flourish, embracing the traditional whilst bringing it sharply into a modern-day focus.
A stunningly lit backdrop in the Royal Hall hosted ten catwalk shows, displaying the very latest in creative bridal fabric trends. There were 370 collections displayed which included everything from simple yet beautiful dresses to more outlandish and individual creations, with a range of sizes and prices to suit every bride-to-be. Classic, flowing gowns in ivory and white, complete with lace, veils, ruffles and high heels featured in large number on the catwalks. The traditional never seems to go out of fashion but can easily be brought up-to-date with the creative use of accessories and embellishments. Several more flamboyant designs were also featured, catering to the increasing numbers of fashion-forward and unconventional women who want their special dress to be truly unique.
Our representatives noticed a number of trends emerging which will become popular in the spring/summer fashion season of 2013. One of these was the increased use of satin and lace to further enhance the feminine silhouette; corded lace was especially popular. An increase was also seen in the popularity of crystal embroideries for highlighting, drawing the eye to beautiful shimmering tones. Perhaps the cutest garment was a vintage dress which had been customised with a nipped-in waist and ruffled skirts to complete a uniquely stunning creation.
We are already looking forward to the next British Bridal Exhibition. Our range of bridal fabrics, brocade fabrics, bridal lace, wedding dress material, lace appliqué and more is already truly comprehensive, stocking everything needed to create a personalised wedding dress. We constantly seek to update this already vast range to provide the maximum possible amount of choice for customers wishing to make their wedding day as perfect as they deserve it to be and can help every step of the way. Please contact a member of our expert, dedicated team for ideas and inspiration, advice and support.