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Tiny Weddings Fair Pop-Up Bridal Boutique – House of Oliver

We are very excited to have House of Oliver Bridal bringing a huge selection of their designer dresses to the Tiny Weddings Fair at Unique Venues Birmingham on 10th March.  We will have exhibitors in the theatre space, in the library lobby and along the mezzanine that leads to the room where we will be holding talks about how to make your tiny wedding go just how you want it to.  There will be several racks of beautiful House of Oliver dresses displayed in the mezzanine area, alongside the other exhibitors.  Close by, we have some rooms set by for people to change in to the dresses to see how they fit.

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House of Oliver Bridal is a boutique bridal shop specialising in high quality and designer bridal wear at up to 85% off the RRP. If you would like to try on some designer dresses without the huge price tag, and without having to make an appointment, then come along to the Tiny Weddings Fair on 10th March.

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House of Oliver believe that every bride should have the perfect dress for them without having to spend a fortune.  On the day they will be picking up their store and bringing it to you in Birmingham, showcasing dresses in a range of styles and sizes from just £90 and all at a fraction of the recommended retail prices. They will bring dresses from designers you will know and love along with some up and coming ones too.  We have set aside a large space for them on the day, so there will be a selection of gowns to try for a bride planning a small wedding either close to home or abroad.  You will also get a trained member of staff on hand to assist you in your mini appointment and they will bring some veils and accessories so that you can get an idea of the finished look.

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With regular deliveries, House of Oliver are always on trend of the best in bridal wear style and have an expert team dedicated to making finding the ‘one’ an experience.  They truly believe that the day you find your wedding dress should be as special as the day you wear it and strive to make every bride’s experience one to remember. This is why you will get an expert bridal consultant on hand to guide you through their dresses, either in their showroom or at the Tiny Weddings Fair, and give as much or as little assistance as you require.

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At this year’s Tiny Weddings Fair, you can find a planner to help you get married abroad, or a UK-based celebrant and a beautiful venue close to home, or even someone to help with throwing a big party on your return home!  You can also pick up your bouquet and your dress.  This is no-nonsense wedding-planning at it’s most efficient!

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Check out the House of Oliver on Facebook, or follow the Tiny Weddings Fair on Facebook for updates.  And show interest in our Facebook event to get reminders closer to the date.  Sign up to our mailing list if you want to be sure that you won’t miss any updates.  Follow the House of Oliver on Instagram, and the Tiny Weddings Fair on Instagram.  If you like Pinterest (and who doesn’t love Pinterest if they’re planning a wedding?!) then follow the House of Oliver on Pinterest and the Tiny Weddings Fair on Pinterest.  Of course, a great way to get more information about the House of Oliver is to just check out their website.  If you’re planning on coming to the Tiny Weddings Fair in Birmingham on 10th March, then get your tickets now for 50% off the price you’d pay on the door.

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Talks and Tours at the Tiny Weddings Fair

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We just sent out our third newsletter to those who have subscribed to the mailing list for the Tiny Weddings Fair.  It has lots of information about the talks and tours that we will be offering at this fair, so we thought it worth our time to post it as a blog and share to all social media followers.  Our second fair will be held at Unique Venues Birmingham, Library of Birmingham, Centenary Square, Birmingham B1 2SN.  If you haven’t purchased your tickets online yet, you should.  You will pay half the entry fee charged to those who pay on the day and you will get preferential entry to our talks and tours.

We think a shorter guest list is a growing trend and we want to help couples who feel that a smaller wedding or an elopement suits them best.  Recent industry surveys show that couples are reducing their guest lists, and not just to save money.  Many couples are having a smaller wedding to put the emphasis on themselves, and to provide a truly unique and memorable experience for their guests.

There will be so much happening on the 10th March at the Unique Venues Birmingham to support couples who want a small guestlist but have a big love.

Exhibitor Stands

There will be all the usual wedding suppliers you would expect to see at a wedding fair – stationers, celebrants, bridal gowns, photographers, and so on, but everyone at this fair will be excited and enthusiastic about a small wedding.  There will also be people who specialise in helping couples to get married abroad, and beautiful British venues who welcome smaller groups.  There will also be people who want to help couples with throwing a big party on their return home from an elopement.  No matter how non-traditional your vision is for your wedding, or whether you need some help creating that vision, we will have people who can help you.

Talks and Tours

We will be holding some talks that will give you the knowledge you need to make your small wedding go just how you want it to.  For the timetable, check out this blog post.

The fair opens at 10am, we expect it to be quite busy then, as wedding fairs tend to be at the start of the morning.

Starting at 11am, Carly from Epic Elopement will be talking about hot to get your elopement right for you.  Come alone to listen to all she knows about eloping (and it’s a lot!) and ask her any specific questions that you may have.

At 11:30am UniqueVenues Birmingham will be giving their first tour of the many and varied small wedding venues that they have in the building.  Register at the Unique Venues Birmingham desk for those tours on your arrival.  There will be another tour at 1:30pm, which we expect to be a little quieter.

If you have a feeling that you want to get married abroad, but you’re not sure where, at noon Steph from Marry Abroad will be talking about how to decide where is best for you to tie the knot.  Come alone to listen to all she knows about marrying abroad and ask her any particular queries that you may have.

Josephine Tournebize runs workshops for couples who want to make their own wedding rings! If you think this lovely way to make something truly unique to wear on your finger for the rest of your life would be nice thing to do before you get married then come along and listen to her speak at 12:30.

At 2pm Jon Trevor and his Humanist celebrant colleagues will be talking about how a celebrant can help you to create a unique and meaningful ceremony with rituals that suit you.  The promises made during a wedding ceremony are among the most important that you will ever make, so they will help you to get it right for you as a couple.  You can also ask them questions either after the talk or at their exhibitor stand in the fair at any time during the day.

At 2:30 our elopement expert Carly from Epic Elopement will speak again, telling you everything you ever wanted to know about eloping, and more!  So, if you’re new to the idea of eloping, or if you want to introduce the idea to your nearest and dearest, then come along to this talk to get a beginners’ guide, and of course pick Carly’s brains afterwards.

Then the fair closes at 3pm.  This blog post has that timetable in a nice, clear form for you.

For inspirational photos and helpful articles, you can follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.  And if you want to be in with a chance to win in our prize draws and get preferential entry to our tours, talks and workshops then get your ticket now for just £4.

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Talks and Tours at the Tiny Weddings Fair 10th March 2019

This is the running order for the talks and tours on the day of the Tiny Weddings Fair, to be held on 10th March, 2019 with Unique Venues Birmingham in the Library of Birmingham and Rep Theatre, Centenary Square, Broad Street, B1 2EP.

The tours will be running from the Unique Venues Birmingham desk in the lobby.  You should register for those on arrival.  There will be time for questions and answers with all the speakers after the talks, and they will all be at the fair for the whole of the day for couples who would like to speak to them privately.  This is your chance to pick their brains with requests for inspirational advice as well as all the specific questions you have about having the wedding that you want. Tiny Weddings Fair 2019 Timetable of TalksThere will be fair stands downstairs in the theatre, and also along the mezzanine which leads to the room the talks will be held in.  The room we’re using for talks is not huge, so if you want to be certain of getting a place, then buy your tickets in advance.  This will get you preferential entry to the talks.  If you’re not quite ready to do that yet, then you could sign up to our mailing list.  Buying tickets in advance will also get you entry in to a prize raffle, and if yours is one of the first 100 orders then you’ll get an awesome goody bag.

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Tiny Weddings Fair Exhibitors – Humanist Celebrants

Often, keeping your guest list short can mean that you are free to be more of your true selves during the ceremony.  When all your guests know you well, you can often feel more comfortable with showing your personalities when making your promises to each other.  A celebrant can help you to create a ceremony that reflects you as a couple, and incorporates the traditions and rituals that suit you.  There will be a group of humanist celebrants exhibiting together at the Tiny Weddings Fair on the 10th March.  They are Jon Trevor, Eliza Johnson, Victoria Denning and Wendy Weavin.  We spoke to Jon in the interview below.  Come along to meet them all and chat with them about how they can help you to have the wedding you want.

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Please introduce yourselves and what you do.

We are four very experienced Humanist Wedding celebrants based in the West Midlands.  We are all trained, accredited and insured by Humanists UK, to create bespoke, non-religious weddings and vow renewals.

How do you think the couples are different when working with a large wedding versus a tiny wedding?

They are much more focused on the ceremony rather than fretting about some huge reception to follow.  For them it is all about the vows, what they are going to say in front of their invited friends and family, where and how.

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What are the main differences in the way you do business when dealing with a couple planning a smaller wedding?

None!  Every couple gets full attention, a bespoke ceremony written especially for them, encompassing all their wishes and hopes for their relationship, with vows that they can write themselves, if they so wish, and with an unlimited choice of symbolic acts, such as hand-fasting, sand-blending, tree planting, etc.

What do you love about small weddings and/or elopements?

The intimacy, and the palpable love and joy expressed by the couple.

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If you could work on a tiny wedding anywhere in the world, any theme, any couple; where or what or whom would it be?

Beach ceremony in the Caribbean, towards the end of the day with sunset approaching.

Give an example of a tiny wedding you have worked on and what you did for the couple?

An older couple each on their second wedding.  The venue was a local bistro-café run by a friend of theirs.  They made their way over the bridge across the canal separating their home from the café, and entered as two other of their friends played sweet music on cello and violin.  They wrote their own vows, and I told the beautiful story of how they met.

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What makes you unique in the service you can offer a couple planning a smaller wedding?

All Humanist UK wedding celebrants are trained to create tailor-made wedding ceremonies that perfectly match the couple and their needs, whether they are adventure seekers wanting to get married on a bungie jump, or a quiet couple wanting an intimate ceremony for just them and one or two close friends or family members as witnesses.

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If you want to find out more about each of these four humanist celebrants in advance of the Tiny Weddings Fair on 10th March, then you can check out their websites and social media using the links below.  To keep up with the Tiny Weddings Fair, you can follow our event on Facebook, like our page on Facebook or follow us on Instagram. The way to be sure that you won’t miss the headlines of what we are planning is to sign up to our mailing list.

These celebrants will be speaking on the day about humanist weddings.  If you want to be sure of entry to their talk, then buy your tickets in advance now, and save 50% off the price we charge on the day.

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Tiny Weddings Fair Exhibitor – Josephine Tournebize Jewellery

Josephine Tournebize Jewellery is has been based at the Red House Cone Glass Museum in Stourbridge Since 2015.  She of course makes jewellery herself but she also runs jewellery-making workshops.  Couples come to her to make their own wedding rings with her.  She will be exhibiting at the Tiny Weddings Fair in Birmingham on 10th March and she will be giving a talk there on the value of making your own wedding rings, and how she can help you to do it.  If you’re thinking of coming to the fair to listen to her, then you should buy your tickets in advance, that way you can be sure of preferential entrance to her talk.

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Please tell us a little about what you do.

We celebrate your jewellery every step of the way with the highest quality services and professional care it deserves.  You are guaranteed to receive a warm welcome and helpful advice directly by the experienced and skilled in-house jeweller in our fully equipped workshop.

We specialise in :

Personalised Jewellery Transformation

( including : remodelling,  alteration, repairs, and more.)

Bespoke Commissions

( including : wedding rings set, gifts, anniversary, etc.)

– ​Jewellery Making Experiences ​such as day introduction courses and private wedding and special occasion customised sessions.

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Please tell us more about your background.

The Business owner is French native, Josephine Tournebize from Paris who came to England in 2011 to study an Extended Diploma Level 3 in Art and Design Craft at the School of Jewellery in Birmingham. There, she learned how to design and produce handcrafted jewellery pieces using traditional techniques and graduated with triple distinctions in 2013. While still at University, Josephine was very interested in learning more about the longevity of a design and develop technical skills. From 2012 to 2014 she worked as a bench jeweller for a local family jewellery repair business. The very valuable experience she had, stretched and develop her knowledge and practical skills further.

All together with university and employment, she showed eclectic knowledge to inform her design, practical and professional techniques, skills and built experience. Josephine’s passion for jewellery and social cohesion lead her toward the pass of teaching. This amazing experience has given her the chance to understand that jewellery making is more than just a craft. It is an opportunity to express oneself, build confidence, develop social skills and so much more. It can also be perceived as an alternative to speaking therapy. She created Josephine Tournebize Jewellery in 2015, to offer and share all her experiences combined in one place of business.

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Give an example of a tiny wedding you have worked on and what you did for the couple? 

The couple was interested in making their own wedding rings. We started with a personalised consultation to discuss designs, materials and finger sizes. Once we had all the main details, we were able to give a selection of diamonds for the couple to choose from and to match with the engagement ring.  We give a bottle of fizz to all our couples on the day of their wedding workshop which they can enjoy at a later date. It only took one morning for the couple to make their rings in 9ct white gold. The rings had to go to the Assay office for hallmarking and we had our stone setter to expertly set the diamonds on both rings for them. To finish, the rings were engraved and dipped in rhodium plating ready to sparkle on the big day. Even though the couple didn’t have any experience in jewellery making, they were able to have a particularly unique experience and professional looking wedding rings.

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How do you think the couples are different when working with a large wedding versus a tiny wedding?

Small weddings are very special as they are all about celebrating the love between the couple and sharing it with everyone they care most about. Throughout the preparation to the big day, the couple is involved together and they give extra care to try having it handmade by themselves or by commissioning local artisan. Therefore most small weddings have the quality to focus on quality rather than quantity.

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What are the main differences in the way you do business when dealing with a couple planning a smaller wedding?

The wedding rings are often one of the primary elements the couple would organise when planning they small wedding. This is probably because they see the wedding rings as something that will last forever rather that focusing on showcasing the big day itself.

When comes to small wedding, the couple often wants to be more involved in the preparations and intend to be interested in making they own wedding rings with us or have us to design and handcraft them for them.

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If you could work on a tiny wedding anywhere in the world, any theme, any couple; where or what or whom would it be? 

I think I would like to work on my own wedding one day. I would like it to be by the sea or in an old forest. This would happen either in England and/or France. Probably not in a church but maybe involving a hand-binding ceremony. The reception might happen in an old barn with some fields arounds so guest can camp out and have no travelling to do on the night. We would obviously make our own wedding rings together.

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What makes you unique in the service you can offer a couple planning a smaller wedding?

My business is more than a jewellery shop. With my experience as designer, goldsmith and tutor, my customer experience all the services in one place of business. Therefore, when planning a small wedding, the couple can be doing the wedding workshop and yet have the engagement ring resized or polished at the same time. This helps couples to receive the best advice and care for they jewellery all at once.

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Check out Josephine’s website for more information about what she does.  Follow her on Instagram or Facebook.  If you’re thinking of coming along to the Tiny Weddings Fair on 10th March to her here talk then you can follow our event on Facebook, or sign up to our mailing list to stay updated.  Preferential entry will be given to talks to those who have bought tickets in advance, so get your tickets now to save 50% off the price we’ll charge on the day.  If you want to stay updated with the Tiny Weddings Fair, follow us on Instagram or on Facebook, or sign up to the mailing list.

 

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