photography by Eddie Judd
I found that whilst planning my own wedding in 2009-2010 there was a distinct lack of original inspiration. Everything seemed a bit samey and it was quite hard to think outside of the box when the same images were being projected through magazine after magazine. These same images, themes and styles were echoed at god awful wedding fayres. I truly wish this kind of event had existed when I was in the throes of planning. Not only is it at a breath taking venue, there will be master classes from some of the finest this industry has to offer and who’s adverts I proudly sport down the right hand side of the blog.
Brides, pencil in Sunday 17th February 2pm – 5pm at Fetcham Park for bride&glory’s bridal masterclass. Read on!!
The masterclass offer a welcome sanctuary for couples that are finding the wedding planning process a bit of a minefield. Visitors to the event will get the chance to spend an afternoon with some of the leading wedding suppliers the industry has to offer, suppliers who are genuinely interested in your wedding stories and would love to pass their hard earned expertise on to you. This type of event is warm, fun and friendly, with oodles of advice waiting to be shared with you.
To round up the afternoon for those visiting, bride&glory have also teamed up with these highly regarded wedding suppliers, who will be there to show off their finely honed skills and wares. There will be a host of mini-demos that will hopefully help to answer some of the questions on those endless bridal to-do lists of yours:
♥ Anna MacDougall of bride&glory
♥ Laura Caudery of Parallel Venues
♥ Kalm Kitchen who will provide delectable treats for you to sample
♥ Anneli Marinovich Wedding Photography who will work her lens magic to capture the afternoon and to be on hand to give the guests her tips on how to get the most (and best) out of your wedding photography.
♥ Emma Meek of Miss Bush Bridal Wear with a selection of stunning gowns
♥ Gayle Evans of Bloomin’gayles and her breathtaking fleurs
♥ Sharon Roberts of Wonderful Wedding Hair, the Hair Styling Wizard you never knew you needed
♥ Carolanne Armstrong, working her Make-up
♥ GC Couture Cakes – caketresses par excellence
♥ Abigail Warner – the stationery queen whose altar us stationery-geeks worship at
♥ Melisma Music – who will charm our collective ears with some beautiful live music.
What Mrs Caudery wants to achieve (plus some wise words) –
This event, like the other showcase events we host, is my answer to the ‘wedding fayre’. I think I might hate the word as much as the outdated concept that brides-to-be still so often have to endure.
Fairs shouldn’t just be about selling – in fact I’m probably the world’s worst salesperson and I think that’s why our couples choose to book the house: it’s about experiencing what we’re all about and being introduced to a fantastic team.
My role at Parallel Venues is very much one of matchmaker: it’s really important to me that I introduce our clients to the right suppliers. And that’s why I don’t have a recommended supplier list; how can I when each bride is so different, both in terms of style and budget.
Which is why I spent 18mths sourcing suppliers – from every area of the industry – so that our clients can work with the very best. And that doesn’t mean the most expensive, it means the suppliers who are dedicated, passionate and will ensure everything is perfect for our couples on the day. So of course I love showing them off which is why I like to host events like this twice a year.
Experienced professionals are the key to the success of any event and whilst that’s not to say that I don’t support new businesses (after all we only recently launched!), I do need to have seen people at work before I can recommend them and I hope that seeing them ‘in action’ at the Masterclass will give brides-to-be the same opportunity to see just why all of these amazing businesses are featured in ‘Laura Loves’, my version of a recommended supplier list.
It will be an informal afternoon where girls can come and enjoy the hospitality that Parallel Venues is becoming known for, experience the house ‘in action’, understand how suppliers work to realise their ambitions for their day and chat to them without feeling pressured into a sale. In fact there won’t be anything for sale, nor will guests have to pay for anything – the afternoon is all about us treating them!
So the Bridal Masterclass is an opportunity to meet our suppliers, be inspired and learn a few tricks of the trade from the people that do it best!
If you aren’t convinced by now I am not sure what will do it. Doesn’t it sound like a far better idea to a wedding fair? You in? Take me as your pretend chief bridesmaid? Wedding fairs are out.
The event is free to attend but spaces are limited so please email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your space.