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What’s the Alternative?

Fantasy WeddingWhat’s the Alternative?

Wedding Fairs are wonderful fantasy places where brides go to dream of fabulous weddings, beautiful gowns, dreamy honeymoons and extravagant receptions…..and all too often they remain a dream.   In these days budgets are tight and some couples find it a stretch to even arrange a wedding at all.

It seems such a shame not to have a wonderful day and so I thought there must be a way, by looking at things differently, to still have a fabulous day but not to break the bank.   The Alternative Wedding Fair is the result.  The aim?   Simple to offer good value, beautiful things away from the mainstream, from small suppliers who offer good value  or an alternative to conventional and pricey wedding services.

What do we mean?  Well I met a man the other day who’s sound company offers a DIY disco.  He sends along all the equipment, the bride and group put together a playlist in advance, with a little help from the best man on it goes and hey presto an instant disco…..no cheesy DJ and a big saving.

Or maybe you’d like to save on the flowers but you need some help.   One of my services is wedding flowers and I’m more than happy to do the bouquet, the buttonholes and bridesmaids’ posies and to offer advice to the bride and her family about  flowers and to help them do the reception flowers themselves.

Some brides might turn to look at vintage wedding dresses.   Often high quality gowns made from pure silks and natural fabrics that aren’t so easy to find in modern dresses but at a fraction of the cost.

Rivers Meet Craft Café (www.riversmeetcraftcafe.co.uk) is in Leeds Road, Methley  LS26 9EP not far from Leeds and the café embodies the alternative ethos offering a series of 6 monthly Home Made Wedding Workshops  begining this month with cards and invitations, moving on to iced biscuit favours in March.So are you an exhibitor who can offer something to a modern bride on a budget?  The fair will be on Sunday 24th June from 10am – 4pm.  Spaces are limited because this is a small venue so please get in touch soon.  The cost is £30 for a 6ft space (Please let me know whether you need a table) and in keeping with the theme there’ll be no charge for visitors.

For more details about the fair contact Margaret@readyplanted.com and I’ll hope to see you there.

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First fair under my belt

Yesterday the Vintage Valentine’s Fair finally came around –  the first fair I’d organised at Rivers Meet (www.riversmeetcraftcafe.co.uk).   I’d been looking forward to it since Christmas, although with a mixture of excitement and nervousness.  I know as a stallholder that the organiser has to do a good job – or else….. so I had a good go and learnt a few lessons, but basically I think it went well.   We certainly had lots of visitors.  At one point you couldn’t get in the door.

The stallholders really brought some fabulous stuff.   Lorelie’s recycled jewellery fascinated me.  It was made from old envelopes and takeway menus but it looked just like porcelain beads, and Twisted Vintage (www.twisted-vintage-design.co.uk) brought some lovely things as usual. My friend Sally from Lavender Attic bought some of this pretty bunting from them.  Lisa and Jane will be opening their new shop very soon in Whitwood, Castleford and I wish them all the luck.

We had great vintage clothing from Beau Boutique and Luna & Annies.  Really nice things – I just need to lose a few pounds!  Thanks for coming ladies and we’ll hope to see you again soon.

I did a roaring trade in daffodils.   I think everyone is looking forward to the spring and a bunch of daffs is a good way to cheer yourself up without breaking the bank.  And I had a brought a few fair trade products for Easter – the handpainted little eggs which were made in India went well and not surprisingly.  There’s so much detail in them and they really are good value as well as being beautiful little objects.

I’m sure our craft fair on Sunday 25th March will have much more of an Easter feel about it.  With just two weeks to Easter it’ll be a perfect time to pick up gifts.  

For more about yesterday take a look at www.lavenderattic.blogspot.com …. and for more about coming events please take a look at my events page or please contact me if you need any more details.

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