Vintage Weddings and Events

Meet the Organiser – The Wonderous Wedding fair

July 11, 2018 | News

I met Alex Cvijovic from The Vintage Parade at her wedding fair in Winchester in 2013 (The Nostalgic Wedding Fair)… and so began a beautiful friendship and working relationship! My magazine (then Doily Days) was focusing on vintage weddings so it was clear Alex and I shared a passion. Neither of us are into a specific era but we both love iconic design and the fun ‘kitschness’ of vintage and nostalgia. We enjoy rocking dresses (from all eras) for parties and we love a good excuse for some pink lipstick and a headscarf.

Photos (featured and above middle) by Anna Pumer (at our last Me & My Brand workshop).

Alex lives near me in the heart of Southsea, Portsmouth. Her lounge is full of G-plan (we have the same coffee table!), there’s a 1950s cocktail bar in the corner boasting an iconic pineapple ice bucket. A 60s Heal’s chair hangs from the ceiling complete with sheepskin rug. The kitchen table is Formica and the curtains are original 60s. Alex shows her sense of humour and playful side by lifting the whole look with kitsch, souvenir style items.

Above photos by Photography by Paloma.

Alex started The Vintage Parade in 2012. She’s organised her share of local vintage fairs as well as curating vintage villages for the likes of Carfest and The Royal International Air Tattoo. She recently took on a huge project and put on The Nostalgia Show at Stansted House. Her skills lie in seeking out the traders who make an event extra special; from fun florists who make floral crowns to ‘kitsch kitten’ entertainers and teachers who’ll get you mastering the jive stroll in no time.

Photos above left and above right Confetti Coast.

Alex and I joined forces in 2016 to work on an event together; The Wonderous Wedding Fair. Having a huge exhibition/concert space to work with, right on the seafront in Southsea, we were able to showcase more than 40 exhibitors, put on two fashion shows (compared by local vintage performer and personality Dawn Gracie), run a vintage tearoom and offer floral and burlesque workshops. Entertainment was in the form of incredible vintage singer Miss Amy Baker and a steel band who treated guests to an energising and uplifting performance reminiscent of a Caribbean beach bar. Vehicles included a 60s split screen campervan, a ‘gin emporium’ in a Citroen H van, a 1964 Ford Corsair and we had an authentic sweet shop in a fully-mobile hut.

Above photos by Hana Laurie and Adam de Sainte Croix.

We replicated the event in 2017 with local company Ginger & Peach running the tearoom, Bubsie and the Beat Brothers performing folk classics, a 1950s ‘flying cloud’ Airstream setting the tone outside, a Tuk Tuk with Prosecco on tap, amazing goody bags for VIP brides and workshops (such as Brush Lettering with Little Old Goose).

Alex also organised two wedding fairs at Slindon College in 2017 and 2018 (we’ll be featuring more photos of her fab styled shoot on the blog very soon).

Above photos by Photography by Paloma.

This year Alex is flying solo with The Wonderous Wedding Fair while I host Margot’s Wedding Fair in Worthing. To find out more about visiting or exhibiting at The Wonderous Wedding Fair please visit the website and social media pages and contact Alex directly.

Oh and look out for my new podcast ‘Margot’s World’ because Alex is my first guest…

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