Planning the picture-perfect wedding is no small task; every bride dreams of looking and feeling extra special on the big day, and putting together that flawless look can be pretty daunting. However, with the National Wedding Show just around the corner, British brides will find a wealth of inspiration available to them at London’s Olympia Exhibition Centre. The show will boast the UK’s largest collection of wedding dresses under one roof, to suit brides of all preferences, on any budget.The Wedding Show will be divided into three dedicated areas, namely the Bridal Zone, the Designer Area and the Boutique Area. Here, visitors will find dresses from high street brands, designer labels and bespoke boutique collections. To compliment this unrivalled selection of wedding gowns, there will also be a seemingly endless choice of veils, tiaras, shoes, jewellery and accessories for head-to-toe style.There are some distinctive trends emerging on the big screen and the red carpet this year, and naturally they will have a significant impact on bridal fashions. Let’s take a look at what we can expect from this year’s selection of wedding dresses:

On Trend: Gorgeous Glamour

Wedding dress trends for 2013 are all about a “return to elegance”. The past few years have seen plenty of perfectly pretty shabby-chic weddings and DIY décor, in keeping with the global economy and smaller household budgets – but now, fashionistas predict a return to old-world glamour as brides and wedding planners draw inspiration from the cinematic and literary trends currently making headlines. Think The Great Gatsby, Anna Karenina and Downton Abbey– all dramatic, decadent and downright romantic.Guests at the National Wedding Show are sure to see the drop-waisted silhouettes, ivory-coloured fabrics, strings of pearls and Art Deco accessories inspired by 1920’s fashion, alongside the ornate lace, corsets and glittering statement jewellery reminiscent of 19th Century glamour.

On Trend: Vivacious Vintage

For brides who have set their heart on a vintage-styled ceremony, the National Wedding Show is a treasure trove of inspiration; the dedicated Vintage Area caters to this growing trend with antique dresses and décor, as well as wedding stationery and venue styling services. There’s also a Vintage Café where guests can relax and enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea while admiring their purchases. Cucumber sandwiches, anyone?

You’ve Got the Dress, Now Find the Rest

The National Wedding Show isn’t just an opportunity to find the perfect dress; guests can also browse the Designer Flower Zone or enjoy Catwalk shows where the latest trends from their favourite bridal magazines come to life. The show also offers “Inspiration Sessions” covering all aspects of the big day, from fashion, hair and make-up to cakes, flowers, budgeting and planning.The National Wedding Show will take place in London from 22 to 24 February.

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