Come along to the Tiny Weddings Fair at the Birmingham Rep on 10th March to meet lots of amazingly creative wedding vendors who want to help make your small wedding beautiful. We’re very excited to have the extremely talented Alison from Paper Jackdaw returning to our fair. Alison was a florist, then a card maker, so she is perfectly suited to making paper flower bouquets. And it shows; her work is lovely. Come along to meet her at the Birmingham Rep Theatre on 10th March to see some examples for yourself.
Hi Alison, what do you make?
I create beautiful paper flowers, buttonholes, bouquets, headdresses and more – flowers made from books, made from sheet music, from maps, the choices are limitless.
How did you start making such unique creations?
It has been a long journey but it started like this; I originally trained as a florist, and was taught the traditional way to create bridal bouquets. I bring these skills and traditions when creating paper flower bouquets, to give the flowers more depth and dimension. Life moved on so did my career, I worked for a card company with parts of my role including paper types, processes and sparkly finishes. Again opportunity for change arose leading to the beginning of my business in 2012, such an amazing roll coaster ride with such fabulous friends and clients collected along the way.
What do you love about tiny weddings?
I adore working on bespoke projects it’s a fabulous chance to take a mix of ideas to create something that truly reflects the clients personality and wedding. There is something truly magical about the collaborative process; of working with a client finding the right papers and breathing life into them to create a beautiful and truly unique bouquet, buttonhole or headdress to make a special day just a little more special.
How do you think the couples are different when working with a large wedding versus a tiny wedding?
For me, I think it means you can tailor the event to their group; there is less need for compromise on a tiny wedding. For instance, there are favours you love versus favours that do the job with a £3 per unit price difference; 20 guests is affordable, 150 guests you are more likely to settle.
Do you feel there has been an increase in tiny weddings in the past few years or have you always worked with a lot of small wedding parties?
It is a nice trend to see couples pushing for what they want from their day, without feeling the need to constantly compromise their plans to keep extended family happy.
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 am just excited by the next wedding I am working on, then the one after that. I am terribly lucky to have such a diverse selection of clients and work that the world is my oyster, I want for nothing.
What are the main differences in the way you do business when dealing with a tiny wedding?
There isn’t a difference: Every wedding I work with, every bride, every groom, all want and deserve a special, unique, day. As all my flowers, bouquets and buttonholes are hand-made to order, the only thing that may be different is lead-time: the more I have to make, the longer I need to make it all…
Give an example of a tiny wedding you have worked on and what you did for the couple?
Most of my weddings are small, and I mostly deal with couples who want a very personal experience from their wedding flowers. The bridal party will have selected certain specific items or themes they want included in the day, but maybe in a more subtle manner. It is so hard to choose
The most recent wedding I’ve completed; the bouquet was all fairy tales and the button holes were comics that the groom and his friends grew up reading, and corsages were from sheet music. Then there was the star wars themed bouquet and button holes for a “traditional” Asian wedding. And another; a bouquet created from maps of the world with the grooms buttonhole and the central rose in the bridal bouquet created from a map of their home town backed with leaves created from maps of the stars. Or the flowers that were made from the artwork of the couples young children. I’ve worked on so many lovely weddings, each of them with their very own personal twist.
Check out Alison’s website in advance of meeting her and seeing her lovely bouquets at the wedding fair. Follow her on Facebook, or the fair Facebook page for helpful and inspiring pictures and information, and show your interest in our Facebook event to see updates. For lovely pins of paper bouquets, follow her on Pinterest, or for lovely pins of happy smiling eloped couples, for the Tiny Weddings Fair on Pinterest. Follow Paper Jackdaw on Instagram, or the Tiny Wedding Fair on Instagram for lovely photos and inspiration of small weddings, chat with us on Twitter or with Alison on Twitter. Most importantly, buy yourself a ticket in advance.