Win tickets to The Wedding Journal Show

As part of my wedding prep last year I visited the Wedding Journal Show and really enjoyed it (spending well over 3 hours there!)

This year The Wedding Journal Show is back, taking place on the 29 – 31 January at the Titanic Exhibition Centre! I’m delighted to say I have two pairs of tickets to giveaway on the Belfast Travels Facebook page here:

Loved up couples from across the country will find everything they need to plan their perfect day in this one-stop-wedding shop with hundreds of exhibitors presenting thousands of inspirational wedding ideas.

Couples will also have the chance to Win a £25,000 Wedding at the show in association with Q radio and Belfast Live. With a reception at Lissan House, dream honeymoon to Mexico from Pinnacle Worldwide, gorgeous wedding dress from No. 8 Bridal, dashing Groomswear from Remus Uomo, rings from Murray & Co, and a fabulous photography package from In Vogue Photo, this is one fantastic prize couples can’t afford to miss! Visitors to the show can enter this competition for free, with the winner being revealed live on-stage on Sunday, January 31st!

Brides-to-be searching for their dream wedding dress will love the new Bridal Boulevard where hundreds of wedding dresses from leading bridal boutiques can be seen in all their glory. Models will be showcasing dresses throughout the day; dresses can be tried on in the on-site fitting rooms and if a bride finds ‘the one’ she can buy it on the spot, taking advantage of the great show discounts.

Providing fashion inspiration for the bride, groom, bridesmaids and guests the International Bridal Catwalk will run three times daily with a team of top dancers bringing the latest 2016 collections to life in a choreographed show unlike any other bridal runway! The Young Designer of the Year finalist dresses will be opening the catwalk, showcasing Ireland’s rising stars in the bridal fashion industry and the winner of this popular all-Ireland competition will be announced on Saturday 30th at the show!

The celebrated Curvy Bride Style Seminar will be back, hosted by luxurious bridal label Allure Women. A celebration of the fuller figure, plus size models will wear the 2016 collection from Allure Women, with tips and advice on how to find a wedding dress to flatter your shape.

But it’s not just about the dress! The Wedding Journal Show brings together leading names in the wedding industry under one roof – from wedding cars and cakes, to venues, rooms styling and the honeymoon, you can plan it all here.

A great day out, visitors can meets local businesses and suppliers, enjoy unique show offers and discounts and make their dream wedding a reality.

The fun continues with a new Entertainment Stage – a special stage where the very best in local wedding bands, singers and entertainers will perform throughout the weekend.

Celebrate in style in the VIP Lounge where VIPs will be treated to a glass of bubby and chocolates from Chocolate Box NI, an Express Manicure from Nails Inc and a fabulous free gift!

Hope you can make it!

Wedding Journal Show
27th September 2015. Wedding Journal Show. Photo: Aidan Oliver



Segway Experience at Titanic Quarter

As someone who has regular work meetings in the Titanic Quarter , I often saw groups of people whizzing past on a Segway. And I was intrigued!

If you’re not familiar with a Segway, it’s a two wheeled, self-balancing vehicle, perhaps “made famous” by mall cops on TV!

So, yesterday, myself and my friend Eileen took the Segway NI tour around the Titanic Quarter- a chance to see and hear about the history of the famous liner; the Slipways; its tender ship SS Nomadic; and the Pump House, for example, all from a very different perspective than your usual tour!

The tour started at 3pm at their offices at Unit 7, Titanic View Apartments, Queens Road, Belfast, (just behind the Dock Café/Mace). For about 15 minutes we were talked through how to use the machines and then got our chance to practice individually.

I was really surprised that it’s the user’s balance which dictates where the vehicle goes, and indeed, how fast it goes! So if you want to move forward, then tilt forward. If you want to go a bit faster, then tilt forward more!

Equally, to slow down to a stop you begin to tilt backwards until your back is straight -which will keep the vehicle still!

I found it tricky enough to begin with (others didn’t, might I add!), but after a few spins round their offices, we were good to go! The tour around the Titanic Quarter lasted about an hour, and I learnt some really interesting facts that I didn’t know before- such as the reason the wooden benches outside are different sizes (i.e a one seater, then a three seater) is that they are spaced in Morse code sequence!

After the hour, we stopped off at Titanic’s Dock & Pump House Café for a quick cup of tea and to stretch the legs. We then headed back up to the offices, and I allowed myself to go a tiny (and I mean, tiny!) bit faster than before the break! It’s really good craic and I can see why it’s so popular with hen/stag parties and team building.

As you are unable to use a Segway on public roads, this is the only Segway city-guided tour in the UK as the area is privately owned. The team at Segway NI also have an off-road tour in Craigavon, so you never know, Eileen and I could be down whizzing round Co Armagh soon!


Slowly does it! Nervous at first



Pros by the end! Eileen and I on the Segway tour