Last weekend I took all my bouquets & veils down to London town to the National Vintage Wedding Fair in Chiswick. The wedding fair is run by Kate Beavis & this was my 3rd time exhibiting so I’m obviously a fan!
The fair happens across two characterful rooms in the Town Hall, both which had live music to keep us entertained throughout the day. Two catwalks took place during the day & a couple of my bouquets were included…
Photo credit: Amber Marie Photography
I had been working on a slightly different design for my stand including some brush lettering so this was a bit of a trail run for the new layout. I wanted to have something in the display to convey what it is I actually do as this seems to be a stumbling block sometimes at fairs for some reason! I think it worked quite well but am looking into possibly getting something printed on fabric instead to use as a runner in future.
I also added a large branch I collected the day before decorated with flowers and my business banner. My lovely husband sprayed the branch white and made some holders using some dowel & concrete he mixed for the first time. Although the concrete didn’t work exactly as planned – a few cracks & a little disintegration occurred! – it held up for the day though which was all that mattered!
As with everything, there is always room for improvement – we definitely think we can conquer the concrete with a tweak of the recipe – & I have some ideas that we ran out of time to execute this time so look out for the next fair!
It was my first wedding fair of this year so a great chance to get back into chatting wedding! I met some lovely brides and grooms all with their own individual ideas for their big days from destination weddings in South Africa to wedding themes inspired by Vivienne Westwood.
Wedding fairs are not only great places to meet my customers but also to catch up with fellow exhibitors & make new contacts. Running your own business can be an isolating experience sometimes & having a community of others doing the same is such a support. Being able to relate to struggles we face, collaborate on joint products and shoots & share experiences is invaluable. My stall buddies this time were photographer Emily Johnson & cake creator Claire Dewit. I loved the relaxed, natural style to Emily’s photography & she’s lovely to boot! We even discovered that we work mere streets away from each other in Cambridge so I’m looking forward to a catch up over cake soon! Talking of cake, spending the day next to Claire & resisting the delicious treats she had to offer, I definitely deserve a medal!
I had another lovely photographer opposite me in the funkiest leggings I think I’ve ever seen! Amber from Amber Marie Photography was so lovely to chat to & her photographs are just stunning. Do check her out & what she has to say about the fair here, including some much better snaps of my stand than mine, inevitably!
I’ll be joining Kate at her wedding fair in Manchester on March 20th this year too as we are combining it with a visit to friends so I’m looking forward to meeting some new brides & grooms up north!
I’ll have some new accessories with me in Manchester which I’ll be sharing over on Instagram over the next few weeks, so come and follow for some sneak peeks!