Tiny Weddings Fair

Tiny Weddings Fair Exhibitor – Pauntley Court

At the Tiny Weddings Fair, Unique Venues Birmingham will be offering to take couples on tours of the various venue options within the building, and there will also be several exhibitors representing some fantastic venue options for small weddings a little further afield.

Pauntley Court is a beautiful venue located in Gloucestershire on the Worcestershire and Herefordshire borders.  They offer many options for couples planning a wedding with a small guest list.  One of their popular offerings is to stay with them for the whole weekend – thus having a smaller guest list, but a big celebration, allowing quality time with the people you really want to be with for your celebrations.  Come along to the Tiny Weddings Fair in Birmingham on 10th March to learn more about them.

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Please give a brief overview of your venue and what you do there.

Pauntley Court is a historic, family owned private house, which is now available as a wedding venue.  Mark and I have lived at Pauntley Court for ten years with our three children and we were also married here at the 800 year old Norman church next door. We provide our brides and grooms with a blank canvas to create their perfect wedding, be it a blessing in one of the secret places in the formal gardens and grounds or a humanist ceremony in the glorious ballroom. The birth place of Dick Whittington, this exclusive and secluded estate, allows weekend weddings over three days and can accommodate up to twenty-four of your family and close friends in beautifully appointed rooms.   Intimate wedding parties of up to forty guests can be catered for in the main house, and as we have only just launched this year, we are offering free corkage for all bookings made for 2019/2020.  Pauntley is a very unique and idyllic rural estate with far reaching views across the Gloucestershire countryside. It is an enchanting and magical place where a bespoke and timeless wedding weekend can be enjoyed by you and your close family and friends.

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What do you love about small weddings?

We love the intimacy and the romanticism associated with small weddings or elopements, and we know how wonderful and beautiful the Estate at Pauntley Court is, allowing any bride and groom to create a unique and special moment in their lives, with stunning backdrops for the wedding photographs. Pauntley Court is a historic country house full of character and charm, which for a small wedding gives our guests an indelible set of magical memories.

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

Large weddings are all about managing large-scale logistics and couples tend to be extremely focused on how to ensure the large numbers of guests are managed throughout the day. Whereas small wedding couples, tend not to have to be as conscious or stressed about the logistical side of things and are more focused on quality and uniqueness of the occasion.  As we offer a three day wedding weekend, couples have time to enjoy being with their family and friends.

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

We tend to start with a blank sheet of paper as we know that our couples will have a greater degree of flexibility on how they want the day to be planned out. As such we have no preconceptions on what each small wedding might entail and we are completely open to any ideas, which a larger wedding may not allow due to the numbers involved and associated costs. We take the view that no two small weddings are the same and so offering complete flexibility with our formula, has meant that couples are relaxed and are able to reach their dream wedding more easily.  There are so many special and secluded areas in the gardens and there is a lake and small woodland offering endless photographic possibilities.  We also have a list of preferred suppliers that we know and trust and who we can personally introduce to our brides.

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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 have only just launched so it is difficult for us to gauge, but since we launched at the end of last year, we are getting more and more small wedding enquiries coming through from discerning couples looking for a destination wedding location.

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If you could work on a tiny wedding anywhere in the world, with any theme, what would it be?

We’d love to be involved with an Alice in Wonderland themed wedding here at Pauntley Court.

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

The couple wanted a humanist ceremony and wanted it all self-contained in the main house, with access out into the formal gardens for post ceremony drinks. The Ballroom at Pauntley Court was the perfect space to make the ceremony both intimate and special. They also wanted the celebration to be over three days, so being able to offer luxurious rooms for twenty-four of their family and close friends to all stay on site at the property, meant that it was all self-contained, very private and exclusive.  They had some younger members in the party who loved wandering down to our beautiful lake, hunting out any wildlife and quietly watching the swans.  They also had time to enjoy some tennis and play croquet on the Friday afternoon while the bride was busy preparing with her bridesmaids.   The feedback from the bride and groom and guests alike made us very happy, and a small wedding of this nature exacerbates this feeling.

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

Because this is our family home, Pauntley Court has none of the corporate or commercial trappings of other venues. We are all about ‘unique’ at Pauntley Court or as we describe the estate, it is ‘a one off’. As such the service we provide small wedding parties, is access to a truly magical location at a property dating back to 1300s, oozing character and romance.

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Follow the Tiny Weddings Fair on Instagram or Pauntley Court on Instagram to see lovely images of the venue and weddings they host, or check out their website for lots more information.  Follow our Facebook page for helpful and inspiring articles and information, and the Pauntley Court Facebook page to keep up with the events that place at this beautiful venue, and show your interest in our Facebook event to see updates. Event better, sign up to our mailing list to make sure that you get all our news. 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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Unique Tiny Wedding Venues in Birmingham

If you’re looking for a venue to host your intimate wedding ceremony or reception in 2019 or beyond then look no further than some of these gorgeous spaces from Unique Venues Birmingham.

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The Discovery Terrace

If you’re looking to include some natural elements into your big city elopement then The Discovery Terrace is the space for you. This exquisitely designed and immaculately kept garden space has sweeping views across the city and makes for a lovely private ceremony space or drinks reception venue. Invite your guests to soak in the view with a glass of champagne as they toast your marriage or keep it to yourselves as you exchange vows in your own secret garden.

The Book Rotunda

Do you and your future spouse share a passion for literature? Then this is your dream space.  Whilst the grandeur of the main open space may be a little overwhelming for smaller parties the warmth of the nooks and crannies surrounded by books, and the chance to wander the stacks ensconced in your own private book loves paradise is too good to give up! This space requires no theming, even for the grandest parties, and provides peace and quiet and a chance to escape the hub-bub of the city centre outside.

The Door Theatre Space 

This quirky little theatre space may seat 140 but if you’re looking to combine your love of theatre with an intimate ceremony space this gives you plenty of options without filling a huge theatre space. With numerous lighting, costume and musical options plus the chance to get ready in your own dressing room the sky is the limit for weddings here.  Keep your small party of guests entertained with back-stage tours, theatrical workshops and themed events which will leave them speechless!

The Suites

If you’re looking for spaces that are less theatrical and a little more private how about a private suite with built in dining options, views over the landscaped gardens and internal balcony views over the library?  These suites can be scaled up or down based on party size but all come with the option for in-room dining, drinks and entertainment. So even if you want a table for two on your wedding day the suites can provide you with options made just for you.

Following on from a successful Tiny Wedding Fair in late 2018, Tiny Weddings have partnered with Unique Venues Birmingham to bring intimate ceremony and elopement inspiration to the West Midlands on March 10th 2019.

Tickets are already on sale and we can’t wait to meet all the couples who are looking to make their Tiny Wedding dreams come true in 2019!  Find out more and book tickets HERE or sign up to our mailing list.

About Unique Venues Birmingham

Unique Venues Birmingham (UVB) is a new commercial venture between Birmingham Repertory Theatre and the Library of Birmingham to exploit the excellent conferencing and hospitality opportunities offered within the shared building on Centenary Square in the centre of the city.  At the Tiny Weddings Fair at the Birmingham Rep on 10th March 2019, UVB will be offering tours of all these lovely wedding venues.

About Tiny Weddings Hosts

Tiny Weddings was created by Carly and Claire because of their passion for small weddings and helping a couple to have the wedding that suits them.  They know that smaller weddings are on the rise, for various reasons, and they don’t think wedding fairs are catering for these couples.

Carly has been blogging about elopements since she eloped in 2015. Carly has planned and executed weddings, fairs and events for some of the UK’s most recognisable venues and attractions and continues to work with events venues day to day as a consultant. When planning her own elopement wedding she saw little choice for those who wanted a great wedding without a huge guest list, so Carly began seeking out suppliers of tiny wedding and elopements around the world and now writes her own blog at www.epicelopement.co.uk.

Claire is a wedding planner, specialising in elopements and small destination weddings in Central Park, New York, for couples from all over the world. She has been doing this for over six years and has planned almost two hundred and fifty weddings so far. All of her weddings have had under fifty guests and most have between five and fifteen guests. She knows the tiny wedding market well. She knows what drives a couple to choose a tiny wedding and what values and priorities are popular for the couples that take this route.

Follow the Tiny Weddings Fair on your preferred social media: Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram, or sign up to our mailing list to never miss an update, and get details about all the exhibitors, workshops, tours and talks.  Don’t forget to buy your tickets in advance, to save 50% off on-the-day prices and to be entered in to our prize draw!