Reporting on my first wedding fair.

Before I collapse into bed I wanted to pop up a little post about today – after weeks of worry I have made it through my first wedding fair, the first of any type of fair in fact…yeahy!

Way back in what seems like week’s ago now, I was asked by the ladies at Save the Date Magazine if I wanted to exhibit my wedding related fabric crafts at the Wedding Event with a Difference in Derby…..errr, yes!

I got cracking with lots of lovely fabric buying (again!) and spent many more late nights (kind of becoming the norm these days) at the sewing machine crafting up some bits and bobs for my display, thinking up items people like to decorate their weddings. This included: bunting (obv.), placemats, napkins, napkin rings, various garlands, gift bags, little lavender bags, fabric hearts and birds, and even a few extras such as the little purses, i’ve previously posted about, and garters.

A dark 5am start this morning, saw us (yes I dragged Pete along for moral and physical support) arrive in our packed up car at the beautiful Roundhouse venue in Derby. We were placed in the Creative Corner of the fair which housed lots of other crafty exhibitors and, on setting up, started to get pretty stressed at the sheer gorgeousness of their items, some stationery, some wearable accessorise and more; all very different, but each amazing. Needless to say I felt out my depth!

Anywho, once we got set up and I started chatting to the other exhibitors, I soon felt more relaxed as everyone was so lovely, and visitors to the fair came by, some who I had nice chats with about weddings and took away my little promo cards (which also got lovely comments regarding the design – thank you Rose Mountague). My lovely friends also came along all the way from Leeds to show their support!

So, all in all, it was a very nice day and I don’t think I did too bad for a first attempt. I felt very privileged to be at a great event amongst such amazing talent. I especially want to direct others to have a look at the works of: Chloe of Adore by Chloe, a wedding blogger and sponsor of the Creative Corner, Sheena Holland who makes the most gorgeous headpieces; Jenna of Wren’s Tea Party – a super lovely lady, with support from her hubby also, who got married around the same time as we did and decided to set up her own little business hiring vintage accessories, and finally Gemma Nemer of The Button Tin, who frankly I’m just plain jealous of – what a talent; one I can only aspire too!

Me and my stand...hello!

 

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Lovely lavender.

The lovely ladies over at Leafy Couture (who provided the flowers for our wedding) have not only invited me to their birthday party/wedding showcase as one of their past brides, but they’ve also very kindly asked if I wanted to put anything in their goody bags, promoting my little craft business! I’ve [obviously] jumped at the chance!

My ‘Emily Carlill’ postcards are currently being printed (designed again by the lovely Rose) which will be goody bag perfect. I also, however, wanted to make something for each of the brides to be at the party, but with under two weeks to the event and not much budget, needed to think of something nice but within these limits. I decided on lavender bags, all different in fabric colour and pattern – just a little something but pretty cute and, if nothing else, make your undies draw smell lovely!

The Wedding Showcase Evening, hosted by Leafy Couture, is taking place on Thursday 6th October at Harewood House.

Elephants and Lace.

Whilst I try (but fail) to not worry about the elephant in the room that is the looming wedding fairs, this past week I have been procrastinating with various small projects including lining the inside of a wooly hat for a friend at work to stop it itching her forehead!

 

 

 

 

 

I also made a little lace garter for my friend Jane who got married at the weekend in a lovely pink and lemon styled barn wedding.

The latter I think I will make a variety of these to add to the wedding fair items. Since it’s been mentioned, here are a few other wedding-fair related items/issues that I have floating around…

Items to make. What, how, best work this out soon!

Display Props. To be decided and completed; what will look good, not be too expensive, and fit in my too-small-for-this-kind-of-affair car. So far we have an old vintage suitcase, recently purpose-purchased in Manchester, that is determined to retain that vintage shop smell! I have my mum’s old-school very lovely looking Singer machine still to collect, and lots of cheap wooden frames that I have painted white.

Display Set Up. How to display aforementioned unmade items. I have a 6ft space to play with and so far we have bought 3 x 2ft folding tables (these needed to be small car suitable), and some bits of chopped up wood that Pete has yet to make my display board. But it’s a start!

Display Styling. Will my style and things I like be accessible to the wider audience? Pete reckons I need to tone it down as people tend to like more ‘normal’ stuff! I’m not so sure.

Boring stuff still to do. Public liability insurance, PAT testing…enough said about that.

Marketing & Sales. Marketing I can probably just cope with, sales may prove more of a problem being possibly the least pushiest person ever! However, not too worried about this as: a) I like weddings, b) like talking about weddings, c) like to hear about other brides talk about their weddings, and d) am pretty enthusiastic about making anything people would like for their wedding…so I reckon this gives me just about enough experience in this area!

Now to pull them all together and get sorted!

Exhibiting…exciting!

As of today I am an official exhibitor at my first ever wedding event.

Not only did I receive lots of lovely comments and questions last week after our wedding was featured on Rock My Wedding, I was also asked if I wanted to exhibit my crafts and promote my crafting business at the ‘Wedding Event with a Difference‘ on Sunday 16th October by the lovely ladies from Save the Date Magazine.

A little questionnaire and booking form later and…taa daa…I feature on their website’s ‘Exhibitors Exposed‘ section. I shall be exhibiting in the event’s Creative Corner. How exciting! And equally terrifying as my name appears in a list of some pretty talented people. Looking forward to meeting some brides to be though and chatting weddings.

I have a couple of ideas so far for my display but these have yet to be developed. However, as a starting point, we have taken a trip to B&Q to get some wood for Pete to make me a display board – all very in keeping with the handmade theme of course!

It’s a good job my lovely business cards arrived too…

Designed by the lovely Rose Mountague