We have some fabulous wedding inspiration from one of the most unique and charming wedding fairs around.
I love finding incredible wedding inspiration and *The National Vintage Wedding Fair* certainly offers the most fabulous bridal experience showcasing an array of wonderful wedding suppliers perfect for planning a vintage wedding.
*National Vintage Wedding Village* Event City, Manchester | September 26-27th
*Manchester* Victoria Baths | October 18th and March 13th
*London* Chiswick Town Hall | November 8th and February 21st
*The National Vintage Wedding Fair* is the original UK wedding fair of its kind. Opening their doors to hundreds of vintage loving brides back on Valentine’s Day 2010, the fair has gone on to win awards and more importantly, provided authentic vintage gowns for brides across the country. No, in fact the world as brides have travelled from Europe and even as far as South America to find that perfect dress.
*Sparkle Pearls and Lace* will be attending the London fair and we are just so excited! *The National Vintage Wedding Fair* provides brides with so much beautiful wedding inspiration and all that you need to plan a sensational vintage wedding. This year’s show is going to be incredible – complete with the most beautiful selection of vintage wedding dresses, a catwalk show organised by *Rock the Frock*, live music, creative workshops and a vintage tea room. FABULOUS!
The *VIP* tickets sound fantastic and would be a great bridal treat for you and your bridal party, as they include a cocktail from *Libation* and a *Unique Bride Box* “a box packed full of treats that you can enjoy straight away which also will inspire your wedding day (worth £17!)”
©National Vintage Wedding Fair | Image: Sally Forder for Binky Nixon
Their fairs concentrate on larger cities within the UK and showcase only the best vintage wedding businesses who not only deliver a great service but are passionate towards weddings of yesteryear. With 45 exhibitors, from cakes, flowers, photographers, stationery to wedding dresses, lingerie, shoes and accessories – brides literally can plan their whole day here. And they do!
We caught up with Kate Beavis, who owns the fair alongside her husband Adam. “We pride ourselves in bringing a true vintage experience to the fair itself so, the couples can go on and create this for their big day. Our unique selling point is the amount of original dresses we have for sale on the day – where else can you find an Edwardian dress, a 1920s flapper dress, a 1930s bias cut dress, a 1950s fit and flare, a 1960s mini dress and a 1970s floaty, boho maxi dress, all in the same place? These have all been lovingly restored, so you can find your dress in wonderful condition ready to wear on the day. Our exhibitors are also on hand to advise on fit, tailoring, adapting and storing; they are hugely knowledgeable and passionate about the dresses and helping you find that perfect style.”
Adam continues, “It’s not just about the dresses though. At our fairs we have live entertainment and DJs who can be booked for your wedding day. We have a pop up vintage tea room, catwalk shows and other caterers serving canapes and cocktails, which of course can also be booked. Last year we introduced “inspiration stations” – a place where you can sit and learn a new craft such as how to make flower crowns from foraged flowers, or garlands to decorate your venue. Get your hair styled and your make up too, sit in a vintage vehicle, and keep your eyes peeled for Charleston flash dancers and vintage magicians!”
Don’t just take their word for it though. Katherine Higgins, the vintage Antiques Roadshow expert described this as “the place to get your vintage wedding dress from”, Annabel Beeforth from Love My Dress and writer of the book “Style Me Vintage, Weddings” describes this as “one of the very best, most brilliantly organised wedding events out there” and even Channel 4 even filmed them last autumn.
Find out more about their upcoming events at www.vintageweddingfair.co.uk and make sure you read their regular blog crammed full of inspiration to create your day, the vintage way.
*Binky Nixon – www.binkynixon.com
*Paola De Paola – www.paoladepaolaweddings.com