Tiny Weddings Fair

Exhibitors, Talks and Tours Highlights at the Tiny Weddings Fair

We just sent out our fourth newsletter to those who have subscribed to the mailing list for the Tiny Weddings Fair.  It has lots of information about who will be exhibiting at this fair, so we thought it worth our time to post it as a blog and share to all social media followers.  We’ll have over thirty exhibitors, as well as all the other things that are going on.  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.  Our goody bags are limited and we’re running out, so if you want one, get your tickets this week.  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.

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It’s now ten days until our second fair, designed for couples with a small guest list and a big love!  Tickets are selling fast, so if you’re hoping to get a goody bag, then you need to purchase your tickets now.  It will cost you £4 in advance or £8 on the door.  We only have a limited number of goody bags, and they’re full of freebies and discount vouchers from our exhibitors and other wedding vendors.  The goody bags will be going to those who get their tickets earlier.

This fair will be useful to all couples planning a wedding, no matter how big the guestlist, but the focus will be on smaller weddings.  We will have over thirty exhibitors waiting to meet you at the fair.  We will have several photographers and videographers who have experience of, and a passion for smaller weddings and elopements.  And we will have planners who specialise in getting married abroad, including Steph, from Marry Abroad, who will be giving a talk at noon about choosing which country is right for your wedding.  So, if you think you’d like to get married abroad but you’re not sure where, come along to that.

We will have a large selection of bridal gowns for you to try on from the House of Oliver Bridal Boutique.  They will be bringing the contents of their boutique bridal shop specialising in high quality and designer bridal wear at up to 85% off the RRP to our fair!  So you can try on without the expense, commitment and pressure of making a bridal appointment at a boutique.  And there will be rooms set aside for changing.

For anyone looking for an activity to break the ice and ensure that your guests have fun at your wedding, then come along to try out some of the gaming units that Gaming 4 Weddings will be bringing along for couples to try out. Whether you’re looking for the latest blockbusters to keep the kids out of trouble on the day, or multiplayer retro fun for the grownups, we guarantee it’s the perfect way to get the party started.

The fair will be at the lovely new Birmingham library building, which also houses the Rep Theatre on Broad Street.  The building is managed by Unique Venues Birmingham and they will be giving tours of the many and varied beautiful venues where you can hold a wedding or reception in the building.  There will also be venues from the area who welcome smaller groups and have options for weekend-long stay-over celebrations, or a smaller venue for a low-key celebration with your nearest and dearest.

There will be over thirty exhibitors at the fair, all with a passion for the smaller wedding.  If you’re looking for a unique and beautiful bouquet, then you can see examples of felted creations from Eclectica by Sarah, bespoke paper bouquets that will last forever Paper Jackdaw and real blooms from L’homme de Fleurs.  For anyone looking to make their ceremony unique to them, then there will be four celebrants exhibiting at the fair, who can discuss interesting rituals and elements that you could add in to your ceremony, and who will be giving a talk on this at 2pm.

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.  We’ve almost run out of goody bags, so purchase your ticket in advance this week to be sure of getting one on the day.

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Photo credit: DIDEA Weddings and Wed in Central Park



Tiny Weddings Fair

Tiny Weddings Fair Exhibitor – Marry Abroad

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Steph from Marry Abroad was be a very popular exhibitor at the first Tiny Weddings Fair on 30th Sept at the Wycombe Swan.  So, we are very happy to have her back at the second Tiny Weddings Fair to be held at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre.  She gave a talk last time, on how to choose where to get married – which country and which location will suit what you need.  And she will be doing it again in Birmingham on the 10th March 2019.  Choosing on the right location is the first thing you need to do when you decide to have a destination wedding abroad, then finding the right wedding planner or venue is the second.  You can do both those things with Marry Abroad and their incredibly helpful website.

Tell us a little about what you do.

I run Marry Abroad, a website couples can use to find a wedding provider in a foreign country. They can then talk directly with the actual planner who will be arranging their wedding, which cuts out any middle man and also means the couple gets the best price possible for their wedding.

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What do you love about tiny weddings?

I love the fact that often they are arranged very quickly. The couple decides they’d like to get married, they decide on a location and, because there aren’t lots of guests to herd around, they can book everything easily and just go and get married.

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

I think tiny wedding couples are more decisive, as they’ve already decided not to do the traditional ceremony, and often they are more quirky. I’ve seen couples get married in Halloween outfits in a log cabin, or up a mountain in the snow – a tiny wedding can be more imaginative as there’s no concern about how all the guests will fit into the location.

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

As we don’t arrange the weddings ourselves there’s no real difference. Although often the tiny wedding couple will be looking to get married sooner, so sometimes there’s an availability issue with some wedding planners who are booked up years in advance.

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

I had an enquiry via our Facebook page two weeks ago for a gay couple who weren’t sure where exactly they’d like to marry, although they liked the idea of Canada or the USA. So I suggested some places to them, and after a few messages they decided they liked the idea of New York. So I passed their details to Claire of Wed in Central Park, and they’re getting married there in a couple of weeks’ time! So that would be four weeks from enquiry to ceremony. Which is pretty fast!

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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?

We’ve always had a lot of enquiries for couples who would just like to get married and not have a huge wedding (although we do have large enquiries too). Often tiny wedding couples don’t want to do the whole “meet with the wedding planner and talk through every detail” part, so, as we’re a website, they find it easier to just ask us online. We’ve also found that this year we’re getting a lot more enquiries via Facebook messenger from couples who don’t know exactly what they want.

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Follow our Facebook page for helpful and inspiring articles and information, and show your interest in our Facebook event to see updates, check out the Marry Abroad Facebook page for lots of inspiration on where to get married. Follow us on Instagram for lovely photos and inspiration of small weddings, and follow Steph on Instagram for beautiful photos of weddings in exotic places. Chat with us on Twitter, or with Steph on Twitter, and see Steph’s posts on Pinterest, or our posts on Pinterest. If you don’t like to be too public about things, and you really don’t want to miss any updates, then sign up to our newsletter.  Most importantly, buy yourself a ticket in advance.  This will get you preferential access to Steph’s talk, and others’ talks, as well as saving you money!

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