By Claire Troughton, Oct 14 2016 10:05AM
It's been a while since I exhibited at a wedding fayre, but since many of my customers tell me they struggled to find exciting bespoke wedding ring designs (before finding my site), when I was invited to take part in a new venture and show my rings to the public I jumped at it. Claire Elsey from Bouquet and Bells wedding planning created The Cheshire Wedding Fayre to be a one stop shop for all your wedding needs. The event took place on Sunday 9th October and with over 70 suppliers providing everything from dresses, rings and flowers to a giant tepee to hire and an inflatable pub she certainly put on a great day.
The first job was to create a new stand. Wedding and craft fayres usually just provide a tressle table to each exhibitor and it's hard to make an impact with jewellery. So I had a few trips to Hobbycraft and B&Q to source paint to comlement my logo and polystyrene cakes to build a fake cake, plus Art-Graphics created a lovely vinyl sticker for the stand and hey presto!
I met some lovely brides at the show eager to commission unique wedding rings as well as some fabulous suppliers. I've therefore added a page to my website to share their details plus details from other suppliers I've met over the years. These will only be people who I genuinely feel offer a fantastic service, so hope they will be helpful for anyone planning their big day.
I'll be honest with you. I'm not a fan of wedding photography. People pretending to be late and running up the street, brides held aloft by the groomsmen and just generally people performing tasks that are nothing to do with the wedding. However when I exhibited opposite Dantuma Photography I was blown away by her photos. They just looked so natural and I loved the way she brings in botanical elements. The colours were also really vibrant and just seemed to 'pop'. Plus Amanda is just such a lovely person!
Also exhibiting near me was Bridal re-loved. They sell beautiful pre-owned dresses. On display was a gorgeous vintage Jenny Packham dress which would not look out of place on the set of Downton Abbey. I think I would choose something like this if I was getting married now.
Take a look at my preferred wedding suppliers page for more recommendations.