On the 21st February 2016, myself and lovely bridesmaid Sam decided to trek over to Birmingham (a good few hours drive thank you very much!) to visit the Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza - a wedding fair that promised to be “all about ewe”! As you may know, I’m a fan of a good pun, so the sheep-theme of this event really spoke (or bleated!) to me. Not to mention the concept of seeing a whole host of more “alternative” vendors in one place.
I enjoy wedding fairs, but I’ve always felt that most of the stalls are catering to girls who want to look like Princesses’ on their special day. Don’t get me wrong, that’s absolutely fine, but it’s just not me. I don’t fancy diamantes on a tiara, sparkly shoes and a sit down meal- I want to run up the aisle, barefoot and somewhat muddy to my Mr Wright, before eating icecream and sweets and a veggie BBQ - I needed a wedding fair that would get that.
I have to admit that I was somewhat worried that we would travel to Birmingham, only to be disappointed by the fair. After all, how good could it be if we were only paying £5 each for (advanced) tickets, and it was on at the same time as the National Wedding Show?
Well, the answer is, pretty bloody great! In fact, it was easily one of the best fairs I’ve been to, and more than worth the drive!
The sheep theme was carried on throughout and it was such a fun, colourful event! The vendors were a thousand times more consistently friendly and we left feeling like we’d learned a lot
People assumed that Sam was my wife-to-be (a total compliment I assure you), and it was lovely to know that all couples were accepted. There were no ideas or concepts that were scoffed at by the exhibitors and it was refreshing to be around such like-minded people.
We walked around the whole place twice because we were so worried that we would miss something. Everything was colourful and exciting and I just wanted it all. Particular kudos go to: - Charlotte Clark - Designer Maker who made the most stunning pieces of bone china that I want to kit my entire house out with please.
- The Couture Company who make me wish I could wear one of their dresses as part of my everyday life.
- Rosie Red Couture Company who sell dresses that will make you look like a fairy goddess. Also Helena Bonham Carter chose them to make one of her dresses so y’know..!
- Satin and Tat who offer unique, stunning wedding stationery.
I can’t name all the incredible suppliers, but you can check them all out here.
One thing that I found particularly great, was the fact that rather than each stall having a competition, requiring you to write your name and email address a million times, there was one sheet with a whole a challenge or question for each stall, with their own prize. It was like a full-on scavenger hunt and it was a great ice breaker for approaching stalls which I loved. Not to mention the fact that I was a lucky winner 3 separate times! Boom baby!
This fair was fun, happy and full of the friendliest people. It was really well organised - especially considering the fact that it is still in its infancy. I left feeling excited with a bag full of business cards and a brain full of inspiration.
I can’t wait until next year!