WEDDING FAIRS – A BRIDE’S EYE VIEW

Thursday March 29 2012.

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Last Sunday I spent the day immersed in Wedding-ness at two shows in London – The Vintage Bride Designer Sale and Craft Central Gets Hitched.  But I was not riding solo, I had a soon to be Bride in tow who has kindly shared her view on events.
THE VINTAGE BRIDE DESIGNER SALE
Billed as “a luxurious and unique one day sale event” and hosted in the stunning One Marylebone this boutique event was seriously swanky.  The fair was split into three areas The Boutique for sample and heavily discounted Wedding dresses and accessories, The Haven for all important cocktails by Cocktail Stars and cupcakes by Restoration Cake set to the relaxing tunes of Sounds Serene and  finally The Boudoir for a host of the beautiful by Wild About floristy, Kat Hill photography, designer headwear by Edwina Ibbotson and beauty Elle Au Naturel.
vintage bride designer sale

Vintage bride designer sale

But it was the sample sale of Wedding dresses that was the real pull, the changing area was packed full of brides in search of a bargain – and there were plenty of those from the likes of Sabina Motasem BrideBridal Path and Melanie Potro.  Here’s our undercover bride fighting for some mirror space.

vintage bride designer sale

Our undercover Bijou bride reports “I really like the first fair for its simplicity, the building, the classical live singer bringing class & the overall presentation along with an awesome goodie bag!! Loving the nail polish. However the bar was a little confusing & some stalls were hidden away & missable.  Nice atmosphere.
CRAFT CENTRAL GETS HITCHED

We then headed back into the sunshine to Clerkenwell for this unique craft led fair.  The promise here was “browse unique, handmade products.  Perhaps commission your own piece or discover a bespoke design service” and it didn’t disappoint.  As soon as you turned the corner you were hit with funky music from those awesome Wedding Smashers and whiffs of hot dogs from the customised camper van outside.

With over 50 designers showing their wares from Wedding dresses to lace embossed pottery, flowers to fashion forward jewellery there was something for everyone.  The only issue was the  number of floors, I think I climbed a good 100 plus steps which made the event difficult for those with buggys or wheelchairs.
The lovely Kate Edmondson with her capsule collection.
A wealth of deliciousness from Sweet Robot.
Our undercover bride said “The second fair I preferred, it had a nice, relaxed, crafty feel from the door step.  Great cakes plus the makeover made me feel special but not pressurised.  The individual workshops were intriguing, full of talented artists & very cosy!”  Our bride getting a fab makeover by Arifah.
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