Tiny Weddings Fair

Tiny Weddings Fair Exhibitor – My Fabric Flowers

Tiny Weddings Fair - My Fabric Flowers

Louise from My Fabric Flowers is another fantastic exhibitor who will be at the Tiny Weddings Fair on 30th Sept at the Wycombe Swan.  She makes bouquets and other accessories out of her own handmade fabric flowers.  She is based in Princes Risborough, Bucks and makes bouquets and centrepieces out of fabric, lace, buttons, brooches, ribbons, and any embellishments you might suggest!  Come along to chat with her on the 30th September!

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Tell us a little about yourself and what you make.

My Fabric Flowers came into being about eighteen months ago as I wanted to create alternative handmade bridal bouquets, making them with fabric, buttons, brooches, embellishments, lace and ribbons and any other articles I can find.   They are bespoke and one-offs so you will never see another one the same.  They can also be displayed as a centrepiece on a table or grouped together as a fabric flower decoration.  Shabby chic,  boho, vintage wedding themes are very popular with my clients.

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What do you like about tiny weddings?

Small weddings are very interesting as they can be more intimate and can allow for more expression of the the couple in their decoration or where they choose to hold their wedding.  The larger the wedding the venue has to come into play and questions of can everyone fit into the church and what is wanted or would like to have has to take second place to a certain extent.

Do you think smaller weddings are on the rise?

Smaller weddings really do suit some people, so I hope it will continue.  But often couples might feel guilty, or pressured to invite all of their family and friends.

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What sort of tiny weddings would especially like to be involved in?

A woodland wedding with the trees lit up and all the tables decorated would be lovely to be involved with.

Have you been involved in smaller weddings, what did you do?

I have been involved with a couple of tiny weddings which have been easier to manage and provide bouquets and decorations for.  One of my clients had her reception in her own large garden.  The other wedding was also using the clients’ garden and having a background of the river, it was a great venue.

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Follow us on Instagram for lovely photos and inspiration of small weddings, and My Fabric Flowers on Instagram for lovely bouquet inspiration.  Follow our Facebook page and show your interest in our Facebook event to see updates. Most importantly, buy yourself a ticket in advance to get a goody bag on entrance if you’re in the first 100 to buy, to be in with a chance of winning prizes in our raffle, and to get preferential entry to our talks and workshops.

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TINY WEDDINGS FAIR – TIMETABLE OF TALKS

This is the running order for the talks on the day of the Tiny Weddings Fair, to be held on 30th September, 2018 at the Wycombe Swan, St Mary St, High Wycombe HP11 2XE.

There will be time for questions and answers with all the speakers after the talks, and some of them will be at the fair all day for couples who would like to speak to them privately.  The usual fair stands will be downstairs and these talks will take place upstairs.  The room 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.  Buying tickets in advance will also get you entry in to a raffle to win an engagement photo session, and if you’re one of the first 100 orders then you’ll get an awesome goody bag.

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Tiny Weddings Fair Exhibitor – Marry Abroad

Tiny Weddings Fair Marry Abroad

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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Tiny Weddings Fair Exhibitor – Wed in Central Park

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Today’s addition to our exhibitor interview series is with Claire from Wed in Central Park.  Claire has been planning weddings in Central Park since 2012, many of them small weddings by traditional standards.  She is co-hosting the Tiny Weddings Fair on 30th Sept at the Wycombe Swan (along with Carly from Epic Elopement).  Claire loves to help couples have the small wedding or elopement that suits them, which is why she and Carly began this fair.  Come along to the Tiny Weddings Fair to meet Claire and chat about getting married in New York – it might be cheaper and easier than you think to get married in this incredible city with something for everyone.

Please give a brief overview of your business… (what you sell / do / provide, who you are, how long you’ve been doing it etc)

I’m Claire, and I help people to get wed in Central Park!  I got married there in 2011, when I was living on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.  After having done all the research and finding some great people to do it, it occurred to me to help other people from abroad to do the same.  I’ve planned around 250 other weddings since then.  They range from elopements with just the couple present, to up to around fifty guests.  Most of my weddings have between 5 and 15 guests.

My job is to guide couples through the planning process.  I help them to choose where exactly in Central Park they want the ceremony, I write the ceremony for them, and I then book talented and reliable people who have the enthusiasm and joy to make it happen.  I can book the officiant, photographer, flowers, video, music, hair and makeup, and so on.  As we go through the process we make a plan of the day to make sure that everything goes smoothly and we all know what to expect and who should be where and when.  At the end of the process the couples should feel relaxed and confident that the day will go just how they want it to.

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What do you love about tiny weddings?

I had one myself – it was just us, our two friends and our dog.  Couples having a smaller wedding can choose the traditions and rituals that they like and throw out the things they don’t like.  Nothing is done because it’s expected, and only because it is wanted.  The words in our ceremonies tend to be from the heart and are often quite moving, I wonder if it would be that way if it were taking place in front of a large group of people.  I like that couples can be selective about where to spend their money – either on a fantastic trip to New York, perhaps with loved ones, as my couples do, or to splurge on an amazing and memorable celebration in some other wonderful place.

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

It’s hard for me to say because I don’t do large, traditional weddings at all.  What I have noticed in the years I’ve been planning smaller weddings and elopements, is that there’s not just one type of person who chooses it, and there are many reasons for doing it.  Many of my couples are quiet, introverted types who don’t want to be the centre of attention for a day with a lot of people who they don’t know very well, but that’s not true of everyone.  Lots of my clients are thrilled at the idea of something much bigger than a traditional wedding in many ways – a week away in New York with a dozen of their nearest and dearest, and the fabulous sights they will see and the celebrations they will have together, and what memories that will create.

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

I have attended several large, traditional weddings near to home.  I have had great fun at these events as a guest, but each wedding flows through the same standard arrangements, almost as if completing a checklist.  They each stand out in my memory for the friends I saw marry their soul mate but otherwise they can be quite similar.

We see lots of vastly different weddings in Central Park.  There are elopements, with just the couple with the photographer as their witness, or we have small ones with just a handful of guests, or quite big ones with maybe fifty or sixty people.  I have planned ones which are very low budget, and ones which are huge and lavish affairs with much celebration in fancy New York establishments.  I do gay weddings and straight weddings.  Some brides carry flowers, some keep their hands empty.  I do short and sweet ceremonies, ceremonies where couples write long lists of promises for each other, I do traditional ceremonies, I do ceremonies where a guest sings or reads a poem, ceremonies with a surprise for one or both of the couple.  I do dressed-up super-fancy weddings, I do weddings where the couple both wear jeans. I have planned weddings for very young couples, some who have been together less than a year, for couples who have recently had children together, and those who have older children together, and for those who have been married before.  Each one is unique, and that is one thing I really love about my job.  What they all have in common is that they take place in this spectacularly beautiful, iconic and historical public park in the centre of one of the world’s finest and craziest cities.

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

There are so many to choose from!  I write each ceremony with the couples, so every one has been unique.  We can incorporate as much or as little from a culture or religion as couples would like.  We have performed a couple of ceremonies in two languages (Spanish and English), so that all the guests can understand.  We have dropped in some phrases or sayings in foreign languages to otherwise English language ceremonies, such as Gaelic and Hebrew.  We have had various acoustic musicians play at weddings – a cello, violin, bagpipes, guitar, or saxophone – and the couples have made a vast range of request of pieces they can play.  We have done hand-fasting ceremonies and a glass unity ceremony.  We have had couples say a quick “I do” and other couples write their own lengthy vows full of meaningful promises or private jokes.  We have readings the couples have chosen, which can be done by the officiant or by a guest.  We had a Kiwi bride marry an English bride (New York was in the middle for their families) and the Kiwi side of the family sung a waiata (Maori folk song) as they were pronounced married.

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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?

I am at the age now when everyone I know is either married or very single so I’m not sure!  I have always planned small weddings.  I often ask the couples afterwards what they think about the popularity of the sort of wedding they have chosen.  They tell me that they have seen an increase in small, intimate weddings where the couple has really brought the focus inwards to themselves as a couple and to their closest friends and family.  I keep reading a statistic that one in four British weddings is a destination wedding.

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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?

Before I met my husband, I was on holiday in one of the National Parks in California, and met a couple who told me that they had married in that park, on a mountain top, overlooking a forest.  It blew my mind; in England we have such strict rule on where people can get married, it never occurred to me to do it somewhere like that.  So, that wouldn’t be a bad place to plan a wedding, although there you couldn’t hop out of a yellow cab and walk a few minutes to your ceremony.  I lived in Las Vegas for a few years and I saw newly married couples out celebrating very frequently, and what a place that is to celebrate in!  I loved the desert surrounding the city, so wedding photos there would be spectacular, but it would be a nuisance to get out there, and the red dust would ruin any white gown!

So, I think I’ll stick with Central Park; a world-famous, magnificent, lovely oasis of green and calm in the centre of one of the world’s most vibrant cities, that truly has something for everyone.  I love my job and I wouldn’t want to change it at all.

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If you are interested in hearing more about getting married in Central Park, or any other outdoor location in New York, then come along to the Wycombe Swan on 30th Sept to meet Claire and chat about how easy it is for Brits to have a legally binding wedding in New York.  Go and check out Claire’s website or blog for lots more information on getting married in Central Park.  Follow our Facebook page or the Wed in Central Park Facebook page for helpful and inspiring articles 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 Wed in Central Park on Instagram for photos of happy couples in New York.  Come along and chat with us or Wed in Central Park on Twitter and see our pins , or Claire’s pins on Pinterest.  Most importantly, buy yourself a ticket in advance.

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Tiny Weddings Fair Exhibitor – Pink Iceland

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Today’s addition to our exhibitor interview series is with Icelandic tour guides, event planners and tiny wedding specialists Pink Iceland.  Come along to the Tiny Weddings Fair on 30th Sept at the Wycombe Swan to chat with them about the many and varied options you have when getting married in Iceland – a country with a landscape truly like nowhere else.

Please give a brief overview of your business.

Pink Iceland was founded as an LGBT Travel Agency back in 2011. We started offering same-sex weddings for foreign couples as these had recently become legal in Iceland. Little did we know that 7 years later we would be the most prolific wedding planning agency in Iceland. We’ve grown into an agency now offering tours and tour booking, mostly offering tailor made luxury travel. We’ve also started accepting specialised group with ambitious travel plans as well as producing events under the Pink Iceland brand. We welcome all kinds of couples, regardless of colour, creed or sexual orientation but remain true to our values of honesty, kindness and transparency.

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What do you love about tiny weddings?

Almost all our weddings are tiny and we couldn’t be happier. It means that we can give the couple all our attention, making sure that they have the day of their dreams. We love the intimate bond that is created between couple and planner during the process. This emotional investment pays off, not only for the couple who get a very invested planner, but also for us, the planners, who get to play a very rewarding role in helping two wonderful people tie the knot.

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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?

The dream would be to plan an epic vow renewal for Ellen Degeners and Portia DeRossi, in iceland of course. I would take them to the West Fjords, the remotest part of the country, get a Nordic Chieftain to officiate and then we would hang out for a few days exploring some of the most awesome sites this country has to offer with a photographer and videographer.

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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?

The majority of our weddings are tiny but we do feel that there is a slight increase in the past few years. We mainly put this down to the viral quality of Icelandic weddings and more and more people falling in love with the kind of photography they see from our amazing country.

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

Big weddings usually involve more worrying about tradition and what everyone expects you to do while, with smaller weddings, its easier to disregard convention and tailor make an experience unique to the couple.

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

It’s pretty much always the same regardless of the size. We tend to only do business with suppliers who are as excited about the wedding as we are. We always try to exceed expectations and go above and beyond and the businesses we work with in Iceland are inspired by this approach. This means that we’ve built amazing relationships with our favourite vendors who all strive to make sure our couples get the best day and night possible.

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Can you tell us about a particularly unique tiny wedding you have worked on?

It’s hard to single one out. I will say that one of my favourite weddings was a tiny wedding with just the couple and two guests where everyone dressed up in amazing Viking outfits. These were the real deal, furs and leathers, tailor made and absolutely stunning. Their wedding was officiated by a Nordic Chieftain and they did a two day photo and video shoot in some pretty extreme locations. I love it when people go all the way and document the entire thing!

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Go and check out their website for lot more information on getting married in Iceland, or come and see them at the wedding fair.  Follow our Facebook page or the Pink Iceland Facebook page for helpful and inspiring articles 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 Pink Iceland on Instagram for stunning Icelandic inspiration.  Come along and chat with us or Pink Iceland on Twitter and see our posts on Pinterest.  Most importantly, buy yourself a ticket in advance.

Photo credit:

www.kristinmaria.com

www.arcticweddingsiceland.com

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