Vintage Chic Wedding Fair

Vintage Wedding Fairs with a modern twist

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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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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


Emily’s Best {confectionery & china hire}

The trend towards offering sweets at weddings is a long tradition and one that has evolved in recent years. Many weddings now feature a sweet buffet for guests but Emily’s Best takes this to a whole new level…..A complete sweet shop!

Emilys Best have exhibited with us a number of times now and their sweet shop is always very popular. Just imagine having your very own traditional sweet shop at your wedding! Their portable traditional sweet shop hosts a huge variety including all the bygone favourites. Gobstopper anyone?!

In addition to the wonderful sweet shop, Emilys Best also offers a wide range of vintage accessories for hire too with some examples on their website

We caught up with Ruth and asked her how she came up with the idea.Ruth said…

“The business originally grew out of our own wedding. When we couldn’t find what we wanted to make our day unique to us we set about making it ourselves; collecting all the vintage china, decorations and props and sourcing lovely sweetie jars to fill with goodies for our guests. Afterwards people kept asking us if they could borrow the china, one thing led to another and Emily’s Best China was launched in 2010. Then one happy day my husband Toby and I were sitting in our garden chatting about everything and nothing, and I told him that my favourite job I’d ever had before starting Emily’s Best was when I was 15 and worked in a sweet shop. A couple of days later Toby presented me with the initial drawings for his new idea – a pop-up sweet shop! I was so excited. He spent the next two months building it for me in his spare time; it was a real labour of love. We didn’t have a workshop at the time, so it was constructed in our dining room! We launched Emily’s Best Confectionery in Autumn 2011 and I was delighted to discover that people loved it as much as I did. It’s proved a real hit with our lovely brides and grooms, as well as being booked to appear at places as diverse as National Trust Coughton Court, Shakespear’es Globe theatre and for the BBC. We’ve been very busy and loved every minute of it, and it looks like we’ll be busy for a while yet as this year we’re building a second shop and developing some new lines of sweetie favours and gifts by post. “

We’re thrilled that Emily’s Best are joining us yet again at The Malmaison on 14th April in Birmingham. Come and meet Ruth and her team and enjoy some good old fashioned rhubarb and custard!

Photography (apart from last image) courtsey ofAnn Katherin Koch Photography

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Save The Date {Vintage Chic Wedding Fair Spring 2013}

Welcome to 2013 and to those of you who are newly engaged- huge congratulations from us at Vintage Chic Wedding Fair!!

Christmas and New Year is a traditional time for couples to announce their engagement. It’s such an exciting time of the year and a special time to share this wonderful news with friends and family.

It’s always interesting to hear how people become engaged and these days some go to extraordinary lengths to make it unique and memorable and oh so romantic.

After the announcement, comes the big P word. PLANNING. Where to start?  Where to find the ideas, inspiration and themes and the expertise to put them in place.

The internet is a great place to start your wedding planning  and there are some amazing Bridal magazines too. However, wedding fairs are a place to experience things. All of your ideas take on a different dimension once you can see them, touch them and feel them. We’ve used these terms before but in all fairness they’re still valid.

We truely believe that planning a wedding is a momentous and happy time in a couple’s journey towards being married but we appreciate that the planning part can be a tad overwhelming at times.

Our aim is to bring together a selection of suppliers who define vintage with a modern twist. So what does that mean exactly? In a nut shell our fairs are for Brides who are looking to incorporate details of a certain vintage era into their wedding day theme. For a few years now, vintage weddings have become more and more popular but that doesn’t mean to say that they are all the same. Each vintage era be it 1930’s – 1970’s all comes under the vintage umbrella. Yet a ’30’s wedding and ’70’s wedding couldn’t be more different for obvious reasons!

Our next fair on 14th April is at a new venue and we are so excited to be hosting our Spring fair at the stunning Malmaison Hotel in Birmingham. Situated at the iconic Mailbox, The Malmaison has a touch of vintage inspired glamour about it.

The venue actually holds some wonderful personal memories for us as we stayed there as a group of hens for Cathy, the founder of Vintage Chic Wedding Fair’s hen night in Birmingham back in 2007. I can still remember the hangover which was made a little easier waking up in such a comfortable and stylish  bedroom.

So, what can you expect to see? With a pinch of glamour and a large dose of style, our exhibitors are handpicked to provide Brides with varied, high quality vintage inspired suppliers. This is a great opportunity to see their work and meet the people behind it as part of your important wedding planning and preparations.

Simon Partridge our signature entertainer will again be doing what he does best by singing some fabulous swing jazz which really does create the best atmosphere.

We’ll be bringing you some more information about the event and the exhibitors soon and in the meantime, save the date in your diary! xx

Malmaison reception stairs High Res



Vintage Chic Down Under

It’s come around so quickly! In just 10 days time, I’m moving to Adelaide with my Husband and Daughter. Anyone who knows me will realise that this move has been in the background for almost 4 years so we’re excited that it’s finally about to happen.

We will of course miss lots of people mostly of course founder of Vintage Chic Wedding Fair and my dear Sister Cathy, John and their 2 beautiful children. SKYPE will be our new best friend for some time!

Moving forward, we will still be doing 2 shows a year, Spring and Autumn in Birmingham and as most of our admin is e mail based then I can and still will be very much be involved.

Once we’re settled, I’m really looking forward to getting to know some vintage inspired wedding vendors from Australia and look forward to blogging about them too.  The Aussie’s have it nailed too when it comes to innovative design and I’ve already come across some stunning wedding photographers.

Who knows, I may even organise a Vintage Chic Wedding Fair in Adelaide! Wouldn’t be the same without our Simon Partridge though. Simon fancy popping over to Adelaide??


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Vintage Chic Flick | Vintage Chic Wedding Fair October 21st 2012

In preparation for our next Vintage Chic Wedding Fair 21st October 2012, we are delighted to bring to you some images from our latest promo shoot which we have called Vintage Chic Flick. The overall aim of the shoot was to provide a little inspiration mixed in with some candid fun – as usual nothing high brow at Vintage Chic Wedding Fair!

Weddings have strong links with movies. Boy meets girl, they fall in love (with obligatory ups and downs along the way) they marry and live happily ever after (ahhhhh!!). A wedding day documents a magical story and so the idea of incorporating movies and cinema into this shoot was born.

The beautiful and vintage Electric Cinema – the oldest working cinema in the UK  set in the heart of Birmingham provided the perfect venue for this shoot.

With a girls night out at the cinema in mind, we collaborated with some of our creative and talented exhibitors to marry together this fun theme which gives you a taste of our fairs. Fun, entertaining and full of ideas with inspiration across all vintage eras. Our models were accompanied by our signature entertainer, the one and only Simon Partridge who loved scoffing popcorn in the name of art!!

Everything included in these images were provided by exhibitors who will be at our October fair and we would like to thank them all very much for their contributions. Big thanks to models Sarah and Laura who stepped in at the last minute – they looked beautiful and were lovely ladies to work with mwah! xx

Studio Seed

Tamsin designed some beautiful cinema inspired stationery. ‘I used a simple pallette of warm greys and black (for that black-and-white film look) and coupled with vintage typography and a subtle hint at romantic on-screen couples…The main invitations opened outwards like curtains at the cinema, and came complete with two admission tickets to the big day. Envelopes were lined with an art deco-inspired print and had vintage labels affixed to the front’

Miss Lolas Bakehouse

I was thrilled to be asked to contribute to the Vintage Chic Wedding Fair photoshoot. As soon as the words ‘Hollywood Vintage Glamour’ were uttered by Susie and Cathy, my imagination went into overdrive! I used a subtle colour palette of neutral tones with highlights of burnished metallics.

A mass of full blown sugar roses and vintage style edible brooches were added to the mix to create a glamourous, yet ultimately romantic 4 tier Wedding cake with matching cakepops.’

Fusion Flowers

Kris from Fusion Flowers designed some stunning floral art. ‘We went with a neutral theme to begin with reflecting that back in the day all film was black and white, this inspired me to use neutral shades including creams, ivory and silvery browns and the use of Norma Jean Roses, Viburnum, Hydrangea, Carnations, Eustoma, Phlox and Physocarpa complemented the Mirrored Candelabra really well and looked striking along with the amazing Cake and Stationary. To compliment this I designed a small Vintage Bridal Posy using Norma Jean Roses, Viburnum and Saponaria complimented with beautiful pearl beads.

Then we moved onto the Electric Cinema. To reflect the Red used within the Venue and the accessories used at the photo shoot I created two bridal designs. To create the vintage bridal bouquets I used stunning Naomi Roses, Sweet William, Alstromeria and Hypericum Berry. Firstly, a beautiful Hand Tied Design and secondly a stunning Shower Bouquet Design.

Luxe Bridal

With a backdrop as fabulous as the Electric Cinema we decided to choose some of our more elegant dresses from a number of eras but all possessing the necessary chic elements. A lurex silver thread 1960s fitted dress was first up along with a wonderful classic 1950s cream satin dress with delicate fern pattern.

One of our favourite dresses, a 1970s, lace tiered number, was used next to add a bit of girly romance to the proceedings. Model Sarah changed into one of our newer arrivals in the Luxe Bridal studio, a stunning 1930s silk and lace dress with collar and matching belt. We teamed this with a delicate 1930s seed beaded clutch.

For the finale we chose an early 1980s, 20s style drop waist dress, as a nod to the Art Deco cinema and a reflection of the fashion for drop waists currently sneaking back into the limelight. The dress by Scott McClintock and originally from Liberty’s features a lace layered upper with a floaty chiffon skirt. Sarah wore another stunning early 1980s column dress with lovely subtle scalloped neckline and shoulders and intricate beading across the bodice of the dress. The style and elegance of the dress reminiscent of the early 60s and very Audry Hepburn.

Le Keux Events (The Vintage Salon)

Le Keux events complimented the gowns with some stylishly simple vintage hair and make up. Classic curls and a low beehive along with strong brows, eyeliner and lips to finish off the look.

Vintage Chic Flick featuring……

Luxe Bridal

Le Keux Events

Miss Lolas Bakehouse

Fusion Flowers

Studio Seed

Simon Partridge

Images courtesy of Susie Styler Photography

We’re really excited about our next fair as we’ve got a most fabulous line up of innovative and creative vintage inspired wedding suppliers. As always entertainment from Simon Partridge and some FREE craft and floral art demos.

Tickets for our fair are now available to purchase online at . £4.50 online or 4 for £15.00 for a limited period only . £5.00 each on the door.