Wedding Fair

Top Tips for Visiting Wedding Fairs

Happy Friday folks! My weekend is going to be far from relaxing as I work though all the last minute jobs for Margot’s Outdoor Extravaganza on Sunday! I’m really looking forward to this outdoor festival-style wedding fair we’re hosting with Kissing Gate Events and I pray the weather forecast doesn’t change… at the moment it’s looking like rain, thunder and lightening tonight and Saturday, and then clear skies and sunshine on Sunday! Our exhibitors are showcasing within the traditional pole marquee, the bell tents are up, we’ve got campervans, caravans, workshops, a horse box bar, horse box toilets, kids activities,…

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Marriage Advice

Project Love

July 17, 2019 | Love, Marriage, Podcast, Top tips

The Project Love podcast is one of my faves. It’s hosted by Selina Barker and Vicki Pavitt and their passion for love is infectious. We put so much emphasis on the wedding day but what about when the last balloon’s been popped and the honeymoon’s over? I asked them for their advice when it comes to maintaining a happy and healthy marriage (extracted from our special issue which is available to order online while stocks last). Q. How do you think marriage changes a relationship? A. While very little changes on the outside when people get married today, over and…

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Happy Anniversary Kerry & Emma!

On 7th July 2018 Kerry and Emma from Sussex got married at Kerry’s grandparent’s idyllic farmland in Dorset. It also happened to be the hottest day of the year, and the day England won in the World Cup semi final… “We sneakily got married at Brighton Registry office the week before, with our two best friends. It was a brilliant day, we were like the four girls from Sex and the City; drinking champagne on the i360, beachside dining and partying on the balcony of our sea view hotel room until the early hours.” “We had wow-factor sharing boards of…

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All the Fun of the Fair – Traditional Carousel Hire

I feel like I’ve seen it all when it comes to weddings. Trends come and go and what’s hot this summer might be old news next year… but some things are here to stay. I’m thinking ice cream vans, photo booths, hog roasts… and yup you guessed it – carousels. Today our ‘supplier spotlight’ is on family-run business Eddy Leisure who offer carousel hire, as well as other fairground rides and equipment throughout the UK. There’s just something so cool about the patterns and colours on carousels isn’t there? The classic reds and golds, traditional lettering and fairground lighting. And…

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COMPETITION – WIN Free Entry to Margot’s Outdoor Extravaganza!!

Hey hey hey! It’s flippin’ July already! Which means Margot’s Outdoor Extravaganza is happening in less than three weeks (gulp)… The event is being held on Sunday 21st July at Thornton Woods in Titchfield, Hampshire – a very special secluded spot that’s available to hire for weddings via Kissing Gate Events. I was there on Saturday to help out at a wedding (which will soon feature on the blog). I’d been to the site a couple of times but it made all the difference seeing it in all its glory. The tables were set, the bar was open, the Pimms…

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Down with the Trumpets 

Lucy Dixon set up Lemon Entertainment after eight years working in the music industry. She realised how hard it was to find and book high-quality bands for weddings. Lucy supplies clients with fantastic musicians who make their living from recording and touring with established, well-known artists such as Florence and The Machine and Ed Sheeran.  Lucy says: “I know how to put on a fantastic party, I focus on the details and I know which elements are a must have for a memorable event. If I was to label my style, it would be ‘Luxury with an Edge’. Think House of Hackney meets The Cashmere Jumper or Diptique meets David Bowie.”  Lucy shares her favourite songs for…

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Wedding prop hire/styling

Locate to Create – Ideal Dry Hire Solution

Locate to Create is a prop hire and event styling business based in Kent. They hold an eclectic portfolio of props and furniture that can be hired individually, or as packages. Their flexible, creative and bespoke approach make them a great solution for dry hire venues… and they travel all over! Picture the scene, you’ve found your perfect venue, it’s a blank canvas but that’s okay because you want to have your own input into the theme and styling… you just need somewhere you can browse available props, chat to someone about your ideas and have it all transported and…

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West Sussex Worthing Wedding

The Worthing Dome Wedding Open Day 

This is a tricky one… my friends at The Worthing Dome are hosting an open day on the same day as my Outdoor Extravaganza in Hampshire. Why not mark it out in your diary as one big wedding weekender and go to both events? Hell, you could even go dress shopping on the Saturday and binge-watch wedding movies on the Saturday night? While my fair in Hampshire is a festival-style extravaganza with lots of suppliers exhibiting, The Worthing Dome are simply setting up their beautiful rooms, for a ceremony and reception, and their events team will be on hand to…

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Cool London Wedding

Super Chilled London Wedding

Photographer Benjamin Stuart talks us through Fran & Rob’s simple, stripped back wedding at the pub where they first met. “They didn’t want anything traditional, or cliché, no cutting the cake or first dance.” “Their wedding was all about close friends and family. Excellent food and drink in a relaxed atmosphere.” “Fran is a stylist and works in fashion, so she knows lot of great hair and makeup artists. She also dressed Rob and he looked incredible; simple and elegant.” “Fran’s incredible dress and long coat combo was perfectly on point for the chilly March day.” “Fran & Rob had their…

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Wedding celebrant

Supplier Spotlight – Celebrant Yvonne Beck

Every love story is unique and deserves a unique ceremony. All families have their own story and sharing life’s major milestones is important… there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution. If you’re looking for a personal wedding ceremony, full of meaning and truly representative of you as a couple, celebrant Yvonne Beck can help. We asked Yvonne some questions to find out more about what celebrants do, and what working with her entails… Q. Hi Yvonne! Can you start by telling us about the role of wedding celebrant please? A. A wedding celebrant is trained in providing you with…

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