Vintage Chic Wedding Fair

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Vintage Chic Wedding Fair Autumn 2013

So a couple of weeks ago we held our Autumn fair back at the luxurious Malmaison Hotel in Birmingham.  Over 25 exhibitors showcased their beautiful vintage inspired photography, cinematography, entertainment, props, cakes, stationery, makeup artistry and more to over 120 gorgeous Brides!

One of the highlights of the show was without doubt the entertainment by DJR.  They put together a stunning mix of vintage jazz swing with a contemporary twist that gets your foot tapping and in the mood to party the night away. That’s what you do at weddings right! Lots of high energy dancing and celebrating is a must at any wedding.

For a little taste of what was on offer, here are some beautiful images with thanks to Tammie Louise Photography. If you missed the show then hop on over to our website where you’ll find a list of all the exhibitors.

In the meantime, we’re taking a break to concentrate on other family and business commitments and will be back in 2014!

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Wedding Post Boxes of Distinction

It happens quite often in the wedding industry when someone looks for something in particular for their wedding, they can’t find it so they make it and voila! A business is born.   Wedding Post Boxes of Distinction was founded for this reason and we’re delighted that they are exhibiting with us this Autumn.

Why did you start making your post boxes?

We didn’t know what wedding post boxes were until our daughter got married and asked
if I would make one for her and her fiancé. As I’ve spent a lifetime making things that
was no surprise, but I did have to ask what they were.
Having cleared that up I set about designing a box, as we’d heard stories about cardboard
post boxes being stolen at wedding receptions and knowing that they can contain a large
sum in money and gift vouchers I decided it had to be solidly built and lockable.
Being a big fan of all things Victorian I based the design on the original “Penfold” pillar
box, called after its designer, not Danger Mouse’s sidekick, but you see the connection.
Keeping the proportions right meant it did end up nearly 3 feet tall, but try sneaking that
out under your arm!
As I said I’ve spent a lifetime making things but I think the post box got more attention
then anything else I ever made. At the wedding reception I had to keep telling people
how I’d made it. It was still remembered and asked about months after the wedding
which leads us to where we are now.

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Tell us about the different styles available
At the moment we have two basic designs, the Victorian and a smaller square design
which is based on the first London post box in 1855. This one doesn’t have a small door
on the back, the front opens and it comes with a shelf so that you can use it for storage
after the wedding.
You can get the post boxes in a range of colours, plain red naturally then with gold or
silver trim and in white or green again with or without trim. We can provide other colour
What’s the most popular colour and design?
So far I think the Victorian design in white and gold is most popular, just ahead of the red
and gold.

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DIY Twine Table Numbers

Recently we’ve been getting all arty crafty with some twine and some wine bottles to make some surprisingly easy table numbers which would look great at any rustic styled wedding.  They were so easy to do we thought we would share it with you.

You’ll need some empty clean wine bottles with the labels taken off, some double sided sticky tape, scissors and some twine.

Step 1. Drink wine and save bottle. Clear bottles work best. Saluté

Step 2: Ensure your bottles are clean and dry.

Step 3: Put some double sided sticky tape at the top, bottom and also curve of the bottle.

Step 4: Start the twine at the top of the bottle and wind your way down carefully paying particular care when you get to the curve of the bottle.

Et voila!


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Vintage Wedding Stationery Designs ~ By Garden Studio Grafts

We’re so pleased that our most long standing exhibitor Garden Studio Crafts will be once again exhibiting with us on 22nd September. Based in their garden studio at home (hence the name) Jil and Tony create beautiful vintage inspired wedding and event stationery for couples all over the UK. They are also more than happy to customise their designs to make them one of a kind and totally unique.

Their studio and gardens are absolutely beautiful and when they’re not working on designs, they are working hard to maintain it all and when the sun shines enjoy it! If you follow their facebook page they post lovely images of their home and garden which looks beautiful all year round.

They are without question the most lovely people to work with and pride themselves on the quality of their work.

Here are a few current designs with a full range being showcased on 22nd September.

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Pollyanna Vintage

We really enjoy blogging about our exhibitors, especially when they’ve not exhibited with us before. We like to get to know them and what they do.  Equally interesting is why they started their vintage inspired business!

We caught up with Linda who is the owner and founder of Pollyanna Vintage,  a lovely vintage hire business based in the Staffordshire countryside with an enviable stock of props, bunting, games, china and table decor.

We asked Linda why she loves vintage and how her business started.

“Well, vintage is just an integral part of whom I am and where I’ve come from.  The influences of my childhood are memories of afternoon teas and dinners with beautiful china; not that I was participating, my father was the local game keeper so I was a total observer !! The impact though was very special and lasting.

I am fascinated by the history of these delicate fabulous pieces…. who owned and used them? Were they in a stately home or the ‘best’ china in a humble home ? Amazing they have survived. My favourite era is probably the early 1900’s for china; the quality of fine bone English china (made in Staffordshire of course!) is unbeatable. That said I collect so many different and quirky things from all ages….my latest is 1950’s baking, totally wonderful.

So, this really underpins why Pollyanna Vintage was born to share all this loveliness with those couples so in love with each other  and of course vintage.  My passion, creative flair and love of weddings are the perfect mix to ensure that special, unforgettable day is the most memorable day for you and all of your guests.  From china hire to cutlery, table linen to decorations, props to vintage games Pollyanna has everything for a totally vintage wedding or just a hint of vintage; put this together with my bespoke wedding planning service and you have the total package. “



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We’re super excited about Pollyanna Vintage exhibiting with us on 22nd September – in the meantime have a browse round their website!

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Dolly ~ The Vintage Ice Cream Van

As fas back as I can remember, the sound and melody of the ice cream van is something I will never forget. It reminds me of being a kid, the the summer in the late afternoon. I’m still partial to a strawberry split even now! There is also of course the iconic 99 with strawberry sauce of course.

This September we are thrilled to be joined by Dolly and her owner Charlotte who will be exhibiting on 22nd September 2013 at The Malmaison Hotel Birmingham.

Here’s a bit of info about Dolly by her owner Charlotte.

I’ve been running my cake business for nearly two years and I was keen to look for a way of adding something special and unique to the company. My friends at Vortex Creates are currently renovating a vintage caravan and I thought it would be a great idea to have something similar that I could hire out for wedding and events.

My family and boyfriend will tell you that I love ice cream more than anything! So it seemed a great idea to be able to offer ice cream as well as, or instead of cake, for weddings. I love cute classic vehicles and it wasn’t long before I spotted Dolly for sale. 

Dolly is a 1974 Bedford ice cream van. What’s really nice about her is that she’s completely original (she’s been loved and well looked after all her life), and luckily her blue exterior and red interior worked perfectly with the 1950s look I wanted to give her. So when she’s working she gets dressed up in lots of red polka dots, cute bunting and shabby chic accessories.

She’s based near Solihull and covers a 30 mile radius included within the all inclusive hire price. Or she can travel slightly further for a small travel cost. Dolly serves locally made luxury ice cream available in 50 flavours. Dolly adds a perfect fun vintage touch to any wedding or celebration. As well as ice cream she can serve cupcakes or even the wedding cake and she’s a great prop for photos. 

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For more information or enquiries, please contact Charlotte

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Vintage Chic Wedding Fair ~ Birmingham & Love Cherish Adore ~ Adelaide

It’s been a while since we’ve blogged….. behind the scenes there has been alot going on! Lots of planning and preparations for up and coming fairs across the globe!

September 2013 is going to be a big month for us as we have 2 wedding fairs. One in the northern hemisphere and the other in the south!  Birmingham in the UK and Adelaide in South Australia.

Vintage Chic Wedding Fair is being held on Sunday 22nd September at the gorgeous Malmaison Hotel in Birmingham at the Mail Box. This fair will see over 30 vintage inspired exhibitors being showcased along with live entertainment and vintage style afternoon tea.  Exhibitors will be a mix of previous and new exhibitors who will delight all of our Brides in putting together some creative displays and new ideas. Ticket and exhibitor information is available online at and all Brides will receive a complimentary glass of prosecco on arrival.

Down under, Love Cherish Adore is hosting a debut fair at Carclew House in North Adelaide on Sunday 29th September 2013. Carclew House is an historic building full of character and a beautiful wedding venue. Here, over 30 vintage and rustic inspired vendors will exhibit along with live entertainment.  This event is proudly sponsored by Brides of Adelaide, Carclew House, Budget Party Hire and Magnolia Press.  Lots more information to come soon!

TTFN……lots more planning to do!

Love C & S