Wedding Shows

Why You Should Choose Artificial Wedding Flowers

Monday, September 18th, 2017

Have you considered artificial wedding flowers? According to the most recent Brides magazine the average bride and groom will spend £638 on their wedding flowers. That is £638 on a part of your wedding day that will wilt and die within a few days after the event! We met Rachel from Budding Sensations at the National Wedding Show in February and got her top tips and advice on why you should think about artificial wedding flowers instead…

budding sesations - artificial wedding flowers

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Blogging at The National Wedding Show February 2017

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

This years National Wedding Show in February at the Olympia in London was of course a huge success, and we were lucky enough to grab a ticket! We decided not to exhibit at the February showcase but we did send our team member Steph along to do some blogging! Despite arriving an hour too early, the que was busy and the show was even busier! See below some fab pictures from the day and the top highlights…


National Wedding Show 2017 Exhibitors

This years National Wedding Show was home to over 300 exhibitors, all of which are the best in their industry! The ‘Rock n Roll’ section is ever growing with new alternative wedding businesses and is a real treat for the eyes! Of course Kat herself from Rock n Roll Bride was there alongside her partner Gareth. They were accompanied by the wonderful Crown and Glory – bespoke and alternative headwear for brides!

crown-and-glory national wedding show

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The DIY Wedding Invitation Workshop – NWS2016

Friday, October 14th, 2016

As you may remember a few weeks ago (feels like just yesterday) Ivy Ellen exhibited at The National Wedding Show in London. We had so much fun while we were there, especially because of our new DIY wedding invitation workshop. We were thrilled to be asked to host a DIY workshop each morning of the show – so we thought what better than how to make the perfect wedding invitations? See below for all the pics and details!

dig-brides DIY Wedding Invitation

The DIY workshop area was beautifully decorated by the team at Shropshire Petals with plenty of room for all you lovely brides and grooms to come and learn. Team members Gloria and Stephanie hosted each tutorial and loved meeting everyone. We included three different DIY lessons into one session – all of which are super handy for making your own DIY wedding invitation set.

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National Wedding Show 2016 Review

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

After a long but fantastic four days exhibiting in London, we are back in the office. So today I thought we would do a little review of the national wedding show 2016 for those of you who perhaps could not attend or just want to re-live the wonderful weekend! This year’s show was truly brilliant with hundreds of top wedding industry experts from across the UK. We met hundreds of brides, grooms and all forms of bridal party members! Below are our highlights of the show and soon to come are some top supplier blogs too!

team-photo national wedding show 2016


The national wedding show 2016 was home to over 300 exhibitors  and of course right in the heart of it was us – Ivy Ellen. We were surrounded by fabulous suppliers such as Crown and Glory, Etoile Bakery, Alfred Angelo and many more. This year Kat Williams, owner and editor in chief of Rock ‘n’ Roll Bride magazine/blog even had her own rock ‘n’ roll supplier section, featuring more alternative style exhibitors with a fabulous array of styles and designs. I met up with many of these suppliers and conducted some great interviews all ready for a set of supplier highlight blogs! It was great to learn about different areas of the wedding industry and even have a bit of a fan girl moment meeting Kat! Read the rest of this entry »

Which Wedding Show Will We See You At?

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Here at Ivy Ellen we exhibit at several wedding shows in the south of England throughout the year. However from now until the end of October is our busiest wedding show season. “Why should I go to a wedding show” we hear you ask. For starters they are SUPER fun to attend, you can get some great inspiration as well as meet new suppliers (who normally offer show discounts)! To find out which shows we will be exhibiting at this year keep reading…


4th September – Castle Goring, West Sussex

We have just signed up as a last minute supplier to attend the Castle Goring wedding show on Sunday 4th September. Hosted by luxury Wedding Show, Castle Goring is a beautifully historic venue which has just been rebuilt by Lady Colin Campbell (remember I’m A Celeb last year?). Castle Goring is located on the Arundel Road, West Sussex and the show opens from 11am-3pm. To register online for FREE tickets used the code LWS2016 –

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The Secret to Painless Wedding Day Shoes with Alice Bow

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

Beauty equals pain – that’s what many of us women have been led to believe over the years through wearing high heels, plucking, shaving and of course waxing! However on your wedding day the last thing you want to think about is how painful your shoes are or how much your feet hurt after standing for 5 seconds – so we interviewed Alice Bow at The National Wedding Show about their secret to painless wedding day shoes.

Alice Bow - Wedding Day Shoes

Alice Bow insoles are beautiful leather insoles designed for both high heels and flat shoes in a range of colours. Insoles aimed at comfort have never been known as a fashion accessory – until now. In summer 2015 Vanity Fair sang the praises of Alice Bow Insoles and they then went global overnight, starting a revolution in footwear comfort. Alice Bow insoles are expertly and individually handcrafted in London, using high quality and beautifully coloured Italian leathers that not only look good, but feel great underfoot as you go about your busy life. In addition to bringing a touch of glamour to your feet, the superior quality orthopaedic padding delivers breathable, anti-bacterial and lasting comfort. Read the rest of this entry »

10 Reasons a Wedding Photobooth Is The BEST Entertainment

Friday, March 11th, 2016

Unless you’ve been hiding a rock for the best part of your wedding planning then you’ll likely have heard of wedding photobooths. They seem to be popping up everywhere and we wanted to know why! What’s the hype about? So whilst visiting The National Wedding Show in February we asked the team at Blushbooth why having a wedding photobooth is the best entertainment for your guests and why wedding photobooths are taking the industry by storm…

wedding photobooth - Blushbooth

So firstly a big thank you to Bryony, Laura and Jen at Blushbooth who were fab at the show and let us take lots of silly photos in the booth (it was all for work – honest!). So here’s a little info on Blushbooth firstly; You can choose from their most popular open booth which holds 1-12 people or the private curtain booth which holds 1-3 people. All booth hires include Unlimited Custom Prints, Photo Effects, Backdrop or Curtain, Prop Box, Web Gallery and a Blush Buddie. Prices range from £389 for 2hr hire up to £640 for 4 hrs at a rate of £160 per extra hour. You can even hire their GIF booth – SUPER fun!!

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The National Wedding Show February 2016 Review

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

This years National Wedding Show in February at the Olympia in London drew a massive crowd of brides and grooms! Although Ivy Ellen did not exhibit at this show we decided to nab a few tickets and go anyway (hello goodie bags)! So we sent along Steph, our Customer Services team member and Gloria our prodiction manager. Steph is currently planning her own wedding for November and so they both had alot of fun going too, you can check out Steph’s planning process in her SussexBride blogs!



The February show was home to over 300 exhibitors including many in their new ‘Rock n Roll Bride’ section! There were businesses from all over offering everything you could need for your big day from dresses to live bands and more. The fabulous Berketex Bride were super popular with all their lovely new dresses and designs while Crown and Glory made their first exhibition with Kat from Rock n Roll Bride Magazine! Read the rest of this entry »

The National Wedding Show – 2015 Review

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

This year’s National Wedding Show at London Olympia saw hundreds of top wedding industry specialists and suppliers come together from across the UK in a  fabulous bridal showcase. If you missed this year’s shows, don’t worry, below I have detailed out the best bits and reasons as to why you should attend next year’s show in February 2016. The National Wedding Show sees brides and grooms of all ages, with hundreds of different wedding themes and wedding dates ranging from this year right the way through to 2018 and onwards!

Attending a wedding show is a super fun day out for you and your bridal party, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in wedding planning and meet some amazing suppliers along the way. As an exhibitor we loved meeting new couples and other industry professionals.

the stand - National Wedding Show

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The Imagination Room 2014 – Brides the Show

Friday, October 31st, 2014

This years Brides the Show presented their new and improved Imagination Room – where Brides and their friends could go and learn from the professionals how to D.I.Y everything from invitations to wedding cake! It proved to be a huge success and everyone had a great time learning how to create parts of their wedding day for a fraction of the price. Ivy Ellen had a lovely little space on the Saturday afternoon named “Show Stopping Stationery” – with full seats our designer Jo got to work!


imagination room shot


We chose to show all you beautiful brides-to-be how to D.I.Y several our items, saving you vital pennies for the big day. First up was our all new Mini Bunting – providing each bride with a sheet of bunting to cut out and thread through onto their choice of twine or ribbon. This look works great for vintage/festival style weddings, you can hang them from the tables or backs of chairs for a great decoration. The best bit is that each of our designs has its own mini bunting range so that you can match your look right the way through from your Save the Dates to your bunting! Although you can’t view it on the website just yet, if you like a design and would like to enquire about bunting please just drop us a line!

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