But as anyone who’s spent an entire Saturday in a room the size of an airplane hanger with hundreds of booths – and still not found a single thing to suit – will tell you, that not all wedding fairs are created equal.
The best way to get the most from your wedding fair experience is to find one that’s targeted for your day, whether it’s a vintage fair for your 1920s bash, a local fair for your remote celebration, or a luxury fair for a big budget event.
And for cool couples with an eye for great style and quirky details, A Most Curious Wedding Fair is the one for you!
Taking place in London on March 12th & 13th and Norwich on March 20th, the team behind A Most Curious say their event is all about dropping the usual wedding themes and tags, and focusing on simple, stylish, free spirited, modern weddings (whatever that might mean for you and your other half!)
They’ll have 120 cool companies and vendors exhibiting at the event – does consuming craft beer and doughnuts while you take in a fashion show sound good to you? Us too!
So to get you in the mood for what’s been dubbed as the UK’s coolest wedding fair, we’ve asked the team at Most Curious, and the wedding pros they work with, to share 10 top tips for creating a cool wedding, with serious style.
1. Breathing Room
Minimal style is on trend so you may be veering towards this anyway, but if that’s not your thing, remember to give the eye space to breath and create smaller moments of greatness that covering everything mediocrely. Rebecca Hoh-Hale, A Most Curious Party
2. Light ‘Er Up
Light up decos are good, mixing art with function, brightening up darker corners or areas and adding to the mood once the sun goes down! Rebecca Hoh-Hale, A Most Curious Party
3. True To You
My advice to couples is always ‘Stay true to you two’.
If you love absolutely every piece you’re bringing to the table (literally) your venue will be customised and completely unique to you guys.
If you love a junk shop and your home is full of eclectic pieces, or have a piece of art at home you brought together or you’re a mad crafter, your wedding day should totally show this to all your friends and family.
The day will be a showcase of what makes you and your partner go togetherso damn well. Penny Baldry, The Little Lending Co.
4. Cluster the Cool
Budget is usually something that the majority of couples have to manage.
I aways advise creating little areas of interest rather than spreading what props and ideas you have thinly over a large space. Joanna Shiers, Bride to Bijoux
5. Power of Repetition
Repetition looks effective too, so whether its hanging plants, strings of ribbons, balloons or paper poms, – just make sure you have at least three, or clusters of threes (things look good in threes and upwards), this will ensure it is to more of a ‘display’ or a real decorative feature rather than something half hearted. Rebecca Hoh-Hale, A Most Curious Party
6. Compromising & Creativity
Being a unique, stylish couple can be the biggest blessing but also the biggest curse.
Knowing what you want for your day feels so amazing, but along the way there will always be a little bit of compromise; from finding amazing decor pieces which are never ‘just up the road’ or are completely unaffordable, to venue restrictions and people just not getting it.
Getting your day, your way can feel like climbing a giant mountain. Don’t get disheartened, work out what’s truly important and a must-have for the day and put your efforts into making it a reality. Penny Baldry, The Little Lending Co.
7. Rope in Some Helpers
We know, we know, it’s hard to free your inner (outer) control freak, but we’re talking minimising man hours here.
And it will be lovely to feel the love with collaborations (let’s call them collaborations from now on, rather than jobs you didn’t do!). Rebecca Hoh-Hale, A Most Curious Party
8. Take Time With Your Vendor Search
Smaller, cooler and on-point suppliers can take some finding; don’t stop on page one of Google, go social and search Instagram hashtags, Facebook stalk, check out cool wedding fairs and talk to suppliers you have already booked for their recommendations.
Don’t rush into booking someone out of desperation! Penny Baldry, The Little Lending Co.
9. Go Big or Go Home
Over sized objects look cool, so think big if you want to reference your passions or personalities – say you guys are school teachers, cardboard head height sized pencils or giant pencil pinatas would be ace! Rebecca Hoh-Hale, A Most Curious Party
10. Parade Your Personal Style
I think it’s really important to be authentic to your own personal style on your wedding day (and not to try to be something you are not).
You will feel more comfortable on a day which sees you centre of attention if you feel like yourself, albeit maybe a more glamourous and together version and you will enjoy your day so much more. Joanna Shiers, Bride to Bijoux
Lots of cool advice, right? I’m all about making your day all about you, your beau and your awesome relationship!
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