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How To Get the Best Out of Attending a Wedding Show

Going to your first wedding show can be a daunting experience. However, if you’re properly prepared and you go in with an open mind they are really, really fun! One of my very favourite alternative wedding shows is The Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza which is taking place on March 16th & 17th in Birmingham. I’ll be there signing books and showcasing our brand-new veil collection with Crown and Glory (it’s the only wedding show you’ll be able to see these beauties in-person this season) so I hope to see lots of your beautiful faces there!

Arrive early

The Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza kicks off at 12pm on the Saturday and 11am on the Sunday and run until 4 or 5pm. They are always busiest at around the mid-way point. If you’re an early bird I would absolutely recommend getting up and arriving as close to opening time as you can. That way you’ll have the most time possible to be able to see everything and you can go and see any favourites before it gets really crowded.

Wear comfortable shoes

There will be a lot of walking and standing around so be sure to wear something comfortable – especially on your feet! For less able-bodied babes, The Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza’s venues (Fazeley Studios and The Bond which are right over the road from each other) are completely accessible so there’s no worries there either.

Bring some essentials

Snacks, a notepad and pen to jot down ideas/ contact information, cash and/or your debit card and, of course, your BFF or partner to enjoy the show with! There are food trucks at The Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza where you can grab a quick bite, but I always like to come prepared with my own soft drinks and snacks just in case! If you are working to a specific colour scheme it might be a good idea to being swatches too so you can see if the items you like will work with your overall vision.

Go with an open mind

The very best thing about attending an in-person event rather than doing everything entirely online is that you may find ideas or suppliers that you never would have found through your searches on the interwebs. Although obviously you probably have a good idea of the specific things you’re after, be sure to look and everyone’s stands and talk to as many of the exhibitors as you possibly can. You may be pleasantly surprised at what’s on offer and find things you never would have thought of yourself.

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Low Key but Luxe: How to Have a Budget Wedding that Still Looks Fancy AF

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If there’s one thing we know to be true in wedding world ‘19, it’s that engaged couples are looking to save as much money as they possibly can. In fact, some reports coming though at the moment state that the £25k ‘average’ wedding budget that’s thrown around by the media may have in fact decreased to something much closer to £12k in the last year or so (thanks Brexit, thanks Trump).

However, what that doesn’t mean is that 2019 couples want their budget savvy weddings to look cheap, far from it in fact. Rock n Roll brides in particular are, if anything, becoming even more creative and experimental with how they pull off a killer wedding on a budget. Today, our friends at Most Curious Wedding Fair are here to tell you how to do it.

More and more nowadays, couples are opting for a smaller, more refined wedding rather than the opulent and (dare I say?) over the top caricatures of what weddings may have once been. Often this goes hand-in-hand with having a smaller budget, but not always; if you want an intimate pub reception rather than a stately home bash, we totally feel you.

However, with that lower-key wedding plan comes the high-key worry that it won’t look or feel luxurious on the day. I’m here today to show you how you can have a wedding day that remains low-key but still looks luxe. I’ve spoken to some of the exhibitors at Most Curious Wedding Fair (who you can meet in the flesh at our March fair in Shoreditch) for their advice on getting minimal design and maximum impact.

Re-frame your focus

Amy Meadows Events suggests re-framing your focus from the beginning. “When you are mood-boarding for your wedding, rather than imagining what it looks like, and the specifics of what you want to see, think about how you want to feel on the day, and importantly how you want your guests to feel. What kind of experience are you creating for them, and yourself? When you re-frame your expectations to be focused on feelings rather than visuals, it allows you to think more creatively.”

Valentina from The Stars Inside agrees, saying “Luxe doesn’t mean everything is ostentatiously expensive – it means the elements you’ve chosen to include are high quality and personal to you. It’s walking into a room and feeling the details, without even realising you’re noticing them.”

The great upside to this is that it also helps avoid TPO (total Pinterest overwhelm). “The thing about planning a low key, super-stylish, luxe wedding is to focus on what really matters to you both as a couple and then invest in these core elements, rather than trying to do everything that you see on Pinterest – hooray!” Olivia from Patchwork says.

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Think about the details that matter to YOU

Ann-Marie from AM Faulkner – milliner extraordinaire, Most Curious team member and divine 2018 bride – did this for her wedding last summer. “I live by the motto ‘the devil is in the detail’ so tried to apply this to the wedding. Little things like making sure you have more than enough food and drink, a hand written thank you card which can double up as a place name, and all of this styled to perfection.

You can also be clever and allocate budget from things you have saved on, for little luxuries that make all the difference. For example, as we got married outdoors in Scotland our venue was free. So, we chose a ridiculous spot on the banks of a loch and chartered a little boat to get all our guests there! In the grand scheme of things, the boat wasn’t very expensive, but it made our guests feel so special and added that luxe element.”

Think about colours and textures

This focus on low-key luxe means honing in on textures and colours to create the overall mood. To do this, Liz from Flower and Fern says “We always use plant dyed, hand torn silk ribbons which are understated and natural to compliment the bouquets, and table flowers look stunning with single stems in vases mixed in with larger bowl centrepieces against a modern tablescape design.”

Ami, of Lo and Behold Bespoke, advises carefully selected and well-placed items, such as interesting shaped bottles, to make your tables pop without popping the seams of your purse.

Megan from Blossom and Crumb also suggests focusing on flavours with your cake, if that’s somewhere you’re looking to keep minimal. “Choose a cake maker with an interesting menu and select some unusual flavours or ones that are really personal to you so that even if you keep the design on the outside relatively simple the cake still feels really special on the inside.”

She also makes the very good point that keeping some more ‘traditional’ elements of a wedding, like the cake-cutting, but updating them with a modern twist, will help low-key events still retain that essential wedding-ness. That is, of course, only if said tradition appeals to you…

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It’s Back! Join us at The Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza in November!

I’m not supposed to have favourites, but if there was one wedding fair that I loved more than any others, it would be The Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza.

There are many, MANY fantastic alternative wedding shows about these days, but unlike the others, EWE is catered for exactly the kind of brides (and grooms!) who read and love Rock n Roll Bride. If you want to do your wedding your way, if you aren’t afriad for people to think your ideas are ‘weird’, if you’d rather cover your hair in glitter, get a dress designed especially to show off your tattoos and wear a pair of Irregular Choice shoes rather than some fancy designer kicks – well this is the wedding show for you!

Plus, it’s run by some of my favourite people in the UK wedding industry – Jo of The Couture Company and Sassy of Assassynation. The most genuinely lovely, genuinely caring, bad ass babes who have the same attitude to life, business and weddings as I do. Quite simply, Rock n Roll Bride + The Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza = a match made in heaven.

Which is why, for the second year running, I am thrilled to let you know that this is the only wedding show we’re appearing at!

If you’ve ever wanted to flick through the Rock n Roll Bride x Veronica Dearly Wedding Planner, grab a copy of Rock n Roll Bride magazine (everyone gets a back issue in their goodie bag and we’ll be selling the current issue for a discounted price on the day), or try on our veil collections with Crown and Glory then this is THE wedding show for you.

PLUS I’m very excited to share that Jo and I are collaborating on some jackets (!) which you may have seen me sneaking on Instagram over the past few months. They’ll be available online really soon and we’ll have samples at the show if you’d like to see them in person too – eek!!!

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The Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza is the One Wedding Fair You NEED to go to!

One of my favourite (if not THE favourite) wedding fairs in the UK is the Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza in Birmingham. We’ve attended it for the last few years and I’m so excited to let you know that not only is the show is coming back this Spring and we’re going to be there again too!

If you’ve ever wanted to flick through the Rock n Roll Bride x Veronica Dearly Wedding Planner, grab a copy of Rock n Roll Bride magazine (everyone gets a back issue in their goodie bag and we’ll be selling the current issue for a discounted price on the day), or try on our veil collections with Crown and Glory then this is THE wedding show for you. I’m always always up for hugs and selfies so come on, don’t be shy! This is the only wedding fair we’ll be exhibiting at this season so this is one event not to be missed.

This weird yet wonderful weekend of wedding madness is taking place on the Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th of March at The Bond in Birmingham. If you’re the kinda gal who likes to see things in person before committing to booking or ordering then you need to come along because many of my all-time fave wedding suppliers will also be there.

This Spring event will feature over sixty of the most amazing alternative exhibitors showing off their dresses, cakes, shoes, stationery, hen party accessorises, jewellery, celebrants, menswear, photography, button bouquets, floral displays and anything else you can possibly think of!

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Join Us at The Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza in November (Who Wants to Win Some Tickets?)

If you’ve been following the blog for a while you’ll know that for the last couple of years we’ve done a LOT of wedding fairs. They’re super fun (I will ALWAYS love meeting you guys!) but also super exhausting. So this year we’ve decided to just do ONE and that one is, in my humble opinion, the best one out there – the Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza in Birmingham!

So why is it so great? We’ll I’m glad you asked…

All the exhibitors are genuinely alternative

Organised by Jo of The Couture Company, Sassy of Assassynation Photography and Yasmin of Curious Coco Designs. this is Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza’s 5th year. They they are returning with an impeccable array of everything that is different, creative and unique in the world of weddings. For half a decade the show has brought together unique exhibitors and couples alike, showcasing the most diverse wedding talent in the country.

This season they’ll be welcoming 70 incredible suppliers including Crown and Glory, Working Clasp, Jamball, Black Cherry Cake Company, Conjurer’s Kitchen, Alternative Ceremonies UK, DiscoWed, The Couture Company, Wish Upon a Sparkle, Gaming4Weddings, Doris Loves, Hardfelt and MANY, MANY MORE!

You can see the full list of confirmed exhibitors on their website.

No teeth whitening/ weight loss/ plastic surgery companies

I’m not gonna lie, I’ve always been intensely unconformable with the presence of companies peddling ways to permanently alter your body in the run up to your wedding at some of the larger shows. Luckily there is NOTHING LIKE THAT at the Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza. Praise the lord!

No pushy sales people

Similarly, the show has a no pushiness policy meaning the exhibitors are encouraged to be chatty, helpful and charming, but not to push offers on you, thrust leaflets in your hand or generally be obnoxious arseholes. I know a lot of you can feel quite anxious about going to wedding fairs, but everyone at this one is lovely, warm, friendly and genuinely interested in hearing what YOU have to say (and not the other way around!) Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza is like a weird little family and I love that about it so much!

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Come Join Us at the Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza!

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What are you doing on April 1st or 2nd? If you have no plans then let me be the one to fill your diary because it’s Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza time and this is one wedding fair you are NOT going to want to miss!

Organised by two of my favourite alternative suppliers, Sassy of Assassynation Photography and Jo of The Couture Company, this is the wedding fair for you if the idea of a big traditional wedding brings you out in a cold sweat.

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The show is taking place at The Bond in Birmingham and runs from 11am – 4pm on both days.

The premise for the show is simple: To encourage couples to shake off the shackles of wedding conformity and discover the very best of UK alternative wedding industry suppliers. If you want to find suppliers who offer a diverse and eclectic feast of all things wedding in a fun, friendly and relaxed environment, the Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza is the wedding show for you!

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