Carly Straughan has been blogging about elopements at her blog Epic Elopement since her own elopement in 2015. When planning her own marriage she realised there was little information for those who wanted a small but awesome wedding without a huge price tag, Carly began seeking out suppliers of tiny weddings and elopements around the world. Beginning her career in wedding journalism, Carly moved into wedding planning and events management. Carly has planned and executed weddings, fairs and events for some of the UK’s most recognisable venues and attractions and works with events venues day to day as a consultant.
Claire Ady is a wedding planner, specialising in elopements and small destination weddings in Central Park, New York, for couples from all over the world. She has been running this business Wed in Central Park for over six years and has planned almost two hundred and fifty weddings so far. All of her weddings have had under fifty guests and most have between five and fifteen guests, and many of them have been elopements. She knows the tiny wedding market well. She knows what drives a couple to choose a tiny wedding and what values and priorities are popular for the couples that take this route.
The Wycombe Swan is an established wedding and events venue and have previously hosted successful wedding fairs. It is a well known events venue hosting hundreds of events each year from private parties through to large public fairs. They have a large social media following, town centre location, ample parking and regular visitors. It has two large exhibition spaces and space for workshops and talks.
The exhibitors will be chosen because they can offer something to the couples planning a small wedding. To ensure the success of future Tiny Weddings Fairs we need exhibitors to be relevant to the couples attending. This event will be full of vendors and service providers who are passionate about small weddings and elopements. We are looking for exhibitors who have been involved in this style of wedding before and know what couples want when planning a tiny wedding or elopement. All visitors will be offered a brochure from the fair to take home with them including suppliers who offer appropriate services from around the world. The couples visiting will be talking to lots of exhibitors on the day, and it is unlikely that they will make many decisions on the spot while at the fair. The contents of this brochure will help to keep the exhibitors in the memories of the couples, and help them to find more information on the people they have met on the day, should they wish to.
The talks and worskhops will provide genuinely useful information for couples considering and elopement or a small wedding. Many couples are interested in small and intimate wedding, but often they feel that they do not know enough about how to do it, or where to start. With this in mind, we will be presenting small talks and workshops throughout the day. Those who purchase tickets in advance will have preferential entry to these talks.
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