Last weekend i got the chance to attend a lovely wedding fair at Edgbaston Golf Course run by Ever After Wedding Fairs, as a bride to be, but also as a model for bridal makeup! I now love going to wedding fairs because it’s the one place that people will listen to exactly what you want and give you lots of cake samples to enjoy. Being placed next to the cake company certainly had its perks!
I was greeted by a champagne reception and a goodie bag filled with bridal magazines, supplier information and Rimmel nail polishes, which instantly made you feel special. As a bonus, pre-registered brides also got another free beauty product from companies such as Olay and No7. A free bottle of champagne and chocolates were gifted to the 50th bride to attend on the day, which was a nice touch. With free registration, free parking, goodie bags and drinks, its almost always worth attending as you gain more than you lose at these kinds of events.
Established in 1896, the Grade II listed Georgian Mansion is 144 acres, with a courtyard suite that can seat up to 120 guests. The pretty terrace area overlooks the golf course and would be perfect for wedding breakfast drinks. The venue was stunning and it’s almost too easy to imagine a sunny wedding day overlooking the greenery of the golf course.
It was quite refreshing to attend a fair with a small number of exhibitors rather than feel overwhelmed by 5 different companies offering essentially the same thing. There was one cake company, one makeup stand, two photo booth stands, 2 decorative companies and a very talented pianist who serenaded guests with renditions of popular songs. This really allowed for quite a calming feel.
Carrieanne at The Cake Room was very friendly and fed me generously with caramel, vanilla and lemon samples. I must admit, their caramel is to die for, so moist and not sickly at all! I showed her the style and flavours i was going for and she could very easily price up what i wanted, which was refreshing, especially as i’m at the point where i want to just pay people and tick it off my list. Their helpful nature and scrumptious cakes led me to book a proper consultation with them at their shop in Bridgnorth.
My wonderful cousin and business partner Yasmin had an Arbonne stand at the fair, and did a trial bridal look on me. Who doesn’t love to be pampered? She offered a lot of advice to brides who want their skin to be at its best for their big day, including myself. If you’re suffering from skin problems, health problems or want to find a makeup artist, then Yasmin in the perfect person rolled into one.
David Wadley Photography had some stunning photos in their portfolio, and i even found some shots taken at my own wedding venue! I ended up chatting to the representative there as her daughter also got married at Shushtoke Barn last October! You always find at these things that it really is a small world.
Other fun features of the day included a kooky photo booth mirror from Just be your selfie, that allows you to design and take lots of photos that instantly print. You can even sign the photo with your signature! There were also beautiful bridal gowns by Jessica David Bridal and lovely decorative pieces for any venue from Balloons and Bows and Event Styling by Amy Victoria
Overall, the day was quite peaceful, not stressful and i made some key contacts for my own wedding. So, as far as fairs go this one was pleasant to attend and worth going too. I look forward to any other events Ever After Wedding Fairs put on.
The next is at: Village Hotel Club, Dudley on 18th June, 11am-3pm. you can find details here.