Back in February this year Matt and I attended the National Gay Wedding Show, the UK’s National wedding fair for same-sex couples planning their civil partnerships or weddings. The Gay Wedding Show is run by Gino & Mike Meriano and is now in its sixteenth year! Last year we attended some of the larger national wedding shows so February’s event was a lovely contrast. Intimate, friendly, social and entertaining is how I would describe it and below are just 7 reasons to attend.
1. It’s easily accessible
The show is held in the beautiful Glasshouse on the Lock within Camden’s Holiday Inn. It’s only a few minutes walk away from a hotel I didn’t even know was there and is a fabulously inclusive wedding venue worth visiting.
2. Wedding vendors who are same-sex friendly
Gino & Mike only include wedding vendors that they know will treat couples without discrimination. And since they both attend on the day (we were welcomed by Gino and chatted with him before meeting the vendors) this is definitely a warm and safe space, which is not always the case for same-sex couples when attending mainstream wedding fairs. Yes, it still happens today, in the UK.
3. It’s friendly and intimate
We loved the fact that the Gay Wedding Show is easily navigated in an afternoon. With timings from midday to 3:30 it’s a fun afternoon accompanied by a welcome glass of fizz before you’ve even approached your first stall.
4. Wedding inspiration that you might not have considered
Master of Ceremonies anyone? A pop-up Whisky bar? Nope, we wouldn’t have thought to add that to our wedding and we know it would have been fab!
5. Wedding Samples!
6. Lively and Comedic Entertainment!
That’s how Drag Artiste Fonda Cox describes herself. And it’s true, see Fonda dancing with Gino for yourself. This was a definite highlight of our afternoon!
7. It’s free!
All you need to do is register for your e-tickets in advance and attend. There is a suggested donation on the door of £2 to grass-roots LGBT charities and it’s always nice to donate to local charities.
When and where are the next National Gay Wedding Shows taking place?
An excellent question. There are three further shows this year in London, Manchester and Brighton. You should definitely attend. All three shows take place on a Sunday afternoon and you can book your free tickets here.
- London – 8th September 2019 12-3:30
- Manchester – 22nd September 2019 12-3
- Brighton – 6th October 2019 12-3pm
If you’re getting married and want to discuss wedding photography don’t hesitate to get in touch. And look out for an upcoming blog featuring our upcoming styled shoot. It’s top secret. But – smoke bombs will be involved…