Tiny Weddings Fair

Tiny Weddings Fair Exhibitor – Paper Jackdaw

Tiny Wedding Fair - Paper Jackdaw

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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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.

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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.

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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.

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Tiny Weddings Fair Exhibitor – Dusk Designs

TW blog titlesToday’s addition to our exhibitor interview series is with wedding stationery designer Hafsah, from Dusk Designs.  Come along to the Tiny Weddings Fair on 30th Sept at the Wycombe Swan to chat with her about her handmade cards and stationery.

Please tell us who you are and what your business does.

My name is Hafsah and alongside my full-time job as a children’s nurse in a busy hospital, I own a small design business online which predominately focuses on handmade stationery. My main clients tend to be those looking for wedding, baby or business branding stationery although I am always happy to try something new in an exciting bespoke order.

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What do you love about tiny weddings? 

I love the fact that because so much of the budget isn’t used up feeding and entertaining so many people (because let’s face it, more guests means more cost!), the couple has the scope to be nit-picky on little details. It’s often these small details that really make the day so pretty and special when looking back.

In terms of my business, I love the excitement of making elopement announcement cards for the couple to send out to their family and friends after they’ve tied the knot. I often work closely with their photographers and use raw images to bring the announcement alive.

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

I myself had a massive wedding (about 150 guests) because I have a really big family and I spent a lot of the time stressing about what people were going to think. In hindsight, all that precious time could have been spent ensuring the day focused on what was important – the vow my husband and I had made to spend our lives together. I definitely think that the smaller the wedding, the more you can focus on what you want and not lose yourself in traditions and expectations. Tiny weddings are about the couple and not the guestlist!

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

Whilst all my work with couples is unique, tiny weddings allow for such a depth of personalisation and focus on small details that truly make the wedding memorable.

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

I recently created a bespoke wedding invitation collection for a relatively small wedding featuring laser-cut details and a gorgeous wax seal. The couple had a rough idea in mind and based on my previous work, they were able to pick out elements they liked which I then put together in one beautiful collection for them. The end result was stunning!

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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 personally really like digital elements such as cartoon versions of the couple, of animals or objects that could mean a lot to them. I enjoy designing them and putting colour schemes and design elements together. I also have a love of shimmery laser cut pocket folds – which explains why I use these a lot in my work!

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? 

I feel as time passes by, a lot of weddings are becoming smaller. This is often due to cost but may also be that more and more couples are opening up to the idea of weddings being about the couple and not for their families, as weddings used to be for the generations before us.

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Go and check out Hafsah’s website for lot more information on her wedding invitations, baby milestone cards, business cards, religious festival cards and much more, or come and meet her at the wedding fair.  Follow the Dusk Designs Facebook page our Facebook page or for inspiration and information, and show your interest in our Facebook event to see updates. Follow us on Instagram for lovely photos and inspiration of small weddings, and and Hafsah’s Instagram for custom wedding invite inspiration.  Follow Hafsah’s pins or our pins on Pinterest.  Most importantly, buy yourself a ticket in advance.