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Win Tickets to Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade Fair

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Attention DIY enthusiasts! From September 18th – 20th, Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade Fair is taking place at the beautiful Hampton Court Palace and this is one event you are not going to want to miss.

Not only will you be able to buy craft supplies and handmade gifts in the shopping village, but there will be live demos and skills workshops with experts going on all weekend. Kirstie herself will of course be there too, demonstrating and speaking with top makers, designers and crafts people (including Mollie Makes Magazine, Will Taylor of Bright Bazaar, wedding planner Sarah Haywood, potter Emma Bridgewater and Etsy!) in the Super Theatre.

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The skills workshops are the perfect way for you to develop your expertise or learn new techniques, and will be taking place on a wide range of topics including yarn and textiles, seasonal, fashion accessories, upcycling and papercraft.

There is even going to be a wedding tent hosted by Hobbycraft which will give you the perfect opportunity to learn some new skills for your upcoming wedding. You’ll have the chance to learn calligraphy, find out how to make your own marbled stationery, and even put together some beautiful floral arrangements!

Every ticket to The Handmade Fair includes one skills workshop*, and each session lasts between 30 minutes and an hour. Content in the wedding tent is the same each day.

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Join Me At The Etsy Wedding Fair!

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I love Etsy. You love Etsy. We all bloody love Etsy! So when they got in touch to ask me if I wanted to attend the launch evening of their 2015 wedding fair, and bring 20 readers along with me, I was thrilled!

The Etsy Wedding Fair is taking place at Oui 2 Rooms in London on the weekend of May 16th and 17th, however Etsy have invited me and 20 of you to their exclusive launch event from 5-7.30pm on Thursday 14th! At this preview evening, as well as being the first to see the show, we’ll get some lovely bonus perks including a special discount on all items, free drinks and nibbles, live music, free admission to floral wedding hairpiece workshop and a special gift to go away with!

This is the perfect chance for you to see some of your favourites in person, meet the sellers and maybe even place a custom order! As you know Etsy is the place to buy beautiful, quirky and fun handmade items, so even if you don’t want to buy anything, you’re still going to leave with plenty of awesome ideas for your own big day. In short, this is one wedding event you do not want to miss!

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The event will be showcasing some of Etsy top wedding sellers from all over the UK including We Are ArrowComeuppanceHello Pops of ColourWolf and InkDebbie CarlisleMustard and PeachesMiss Sarah CakeCuriousme DesignHetty RoseGilly GrayMatchimony and The Lovely Drawer.

For your chance to win one of ten pairs of tickets to the launch event on May 14th (and meet me there) simply comment below, telling me what your favourite Etsy shop is. Easy!

You have until next Sunday, 26th April to enter, and winners will be contacted via email within a week of the closing date.

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED

If you aren’t one of the winners for the event on the 14th, the fair is open for the general public on May 16th and 17th. Early Bird tickets cost a teeny tiny £7.50, and once these are sold they will be £12 each. All tickets also include a complimentary drink on arrival.

I CAN’T WAIT!

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10 Ways To Tell If You’re At a Hipster Wedding Fair

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Article by Becky Hoh-Hale

In a world saturated with wedding fairs it can be hard to know which one is right for you. There are even now a whole new breed of  ‘unique’ wedding shows, from alternative to vintage and everything in between, making the choice of which one to visit extra confusing!

Being dubbed the bridal event for hipsters, A Most Curious Wedding Fair is hitting Norwich this Sunday and London on 7-8 March, but what exactly is a hipster wedding fair? This is just a bit of fun, of course, but here is the ten most important things you should check to make sure you’re in the right place!

1. Look around you, do the majority of the visitors and exhibitors have any of the following? 
Male checklist: Beards, man buns (muns!), tattoos? Female checklist: Micro fringe, long bohemian hair, prominent eyebrows, aztec poncho? Unisex checklist: Bobble hats, NHS style glasses?

2. Is it taking place in an industrial warehouse space, on an uber cool London street?
Just to be sure there should be concrete floors, exposed pipes and white-washed brick walls as the backdrop. There should also be colour pop graphics, trendy typography, pineapples and naked bulbs!

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3. Can you sense a ‘theme’ to the styling of the show?
Does it involve Mid-Century furniture, cacti, makrame and/or wicker? Most Curious is themed around Palm Springs this year and will be incorporating all of the above, with plenty of crochet panels and foliage hanging from branches. There are also special installation spaces dedicated to the theme to give you ideas for all aspects of your wedding.

4. Is the in-house cafe service a hipster favourite?
At Most Curious this year the food station is being provided by the now infamous Cereal Killer Cafe! Nothing could be more on trend than nostalgia, particularly from the 80s and 90s, and Cereal Killer Cafe has received notable acclaim for their nod to this with their love of breakfast goods! The poster boys of Hipsterdom will be at the show serving their milky, crunchy goodness and damn good coffee all day long. And they can cater your wedding!

5. Is the show also billed as a ‘shopping experience’?
This year Most Curious is pioneering ‘Shop the Show’, highlighting the cool indie brands and makers who will have accessories, floral goodies, paper goods, sweet treats and décor items for sale on the day. Items will cost between £1 and £50 meaning you won’t have to break the bank either!

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Five Reasons Why You Need to Visit A Most Curious Wedding Fair

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Without a shadow of a doubt, A Most Curious Wedding Fair is one of the coolest wedding shows in the UK. No question. There are so many fairs in the UK these days that it can be really difficult to figure out which ones are worth a visit and which are going to be a pile of frou frou pants.

Well, today I’m here to make it easy for you. Here are five reasons why you need to get your bootie down to A Most Curious Wedding Fair in April!

1. They don’t think ‘alternative’ just means ‘vintage’

Look, there’s nothing wrong with vintage style weddings, in fact I love them and have featured them on this blog for years! But that’s just the thing, they’re kinda old news. If you’re having a vintage wedding, then awesome. I know it’s gonna be amazing and I can’t wait to see how you rock it out and make it your own.

But what does annoys me though, is when people in the wedding industry seem to think that vintage is a catch all for anything alternative. Come on, there is so much more to being alternative than wearing a vintage dress and your grandmother’s pearls! The Most Curious team knows this, and strive to showcase a plethora of styles that fit under the ‘alternative wedding’ banner.

In their own words, “A Most Curious has a love affair with fashion and evolves and follows it wherever it may go. Yes five years ago the emerging fashion was vintage and we were aaaalll about vintage (we’re not ashamed!) but it isn’t any more. Its still there and we still love it but it isn’t the overriding theme.”

“Now on our eighth fair, A Most Curious has taken a solemn vow to bring brides and grooms the very latest fashions, with the foresight to be changeable, en vogue and never tired or standing still. If it’s beautiful, fresh, fun and cool or just about to be cool, we will incorporate it. A Most Curious Wedding Fair encapsulates that with it’s mix of innovative, design-led suppliers, fashion shows, entertainment, styling, activities, music and performance.”

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2. They have THE best exhibitors

Call me biased, but A Most Curious has some of the most creative wedding suppliers in the industry exhibiting over the weekend. There is nothing boring, standard or traditional about the people that hang out there. Considering a taxidermy headpiece, a sequin mermaid tail skirt or a wedding cake from your imagination? Well, they’ve got it covered!

As a side note, wedding suppliers, if you’d like to apply to exhibit, the deadline is 24th January.

3. I’ll be there

OK so it might not be the most exciting of reasons, but I will be there selling magazines and headpieces.  I’ve also been asked to join their judging panel for their Bridal Next awards, which gives new designers a leg up in launching their own businesses.

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The Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza is the Best Alternative Wedding Show in The UK, Here’s Why…

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Photography: Assassynation

Call me cynical, but these days, I can’t seem to move for a new ‘alternative’ wedding fair. They’re cropping up all over the place this year, but there was just one that started it all…

In early 2012, Sassy of Assassynation Photography, Jo of The Couture Company and Rawhide Corsets and Vikki of Liliia had a dream. They dreamt of a wedding fair that was truly alternative and that showcased only the best of the best alt wedding suppliers. They wanted to have a place to host the kinds of suppliers they saw ignored by other, mainstream and vintage, wedding events.

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One Love: An Inspirational Wedding Show for Gay & Lesbian Couples

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Although times they are a-changing, gay and lesbian couples have been long overlooked in the wedding industry. While there are many amazing wedding suppliers that cater for and love to work with same-sex couples, there has yet to be a really cool, all inclusive wedding event that all engaged couples – no matter their preferences – can go to and feel comfortable and accepted. Sure, there have been a few magazines and events dedicated to gay weddings, but (and I hate to say it) but most of the ones I’ve seen have been slightly cheesy and erring on the side of tacky.

So as you can imagine I whooped with glee when my friend Becky of the Most Curious Wedding Fair told me she was organising a cool, stylish and edgy wedding fair for gay and lesbian couples alongside Sara Smyth of Ruby+Diva bridal boutique. Both of these babes know what’s up when it comes to fashion-forward, edgy and achingly cool wedding stuff and I couldn’t think of anyone better qualified to tackle this uncharted territory.

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