Tiny Weddings Fair

Final Update on the Tiny Weddings Fair this Sunday

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We’re sending out the final email to those who have signed up for our mailing list for the Tiny Weddings Fair.  Our second fair is almost upon us!  It will take place this Sunday 10th March at the Birmingham Library and Rep Theatre, Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EP.  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 door.  Tickets are just £4 in advance, and we have so much awesome stuff planned for you, we wanted to share the newsletter as a blog post so everyone can read it!

There’s more than one type of Tiny Wedding, and we’re hoping to be able to help you plan the one that suits you.  We will have more than thirty exhibitors and speakers, all of whom believe small is beautiful when it comes to weddings!

You might want to elope, or bring a small group to somewhere far away; exotic and exciting.  If you do, we have planners and photographers that specialise in far away places.  Come to the talk at noon, about how to choose the right country for your wedding, and then meet with people who can help you to make it happen.

Maybe you want to take a small group of your close family and friends to a beautiful location just a drive away and take a whole weekend to share the experience and send quality time together.  We have several beautiful venues that would welcome you to stay with them for the whole weekend, or to hold a day’s celebration with them.

We have several more local venues and country estates that are not too far away, who welcome small groups for a more low-key affair, including a local restaurant who can host weddings, and the hosts; Unique Venues Birmingham, who will be giving tours of the locations where you can hold a wedding or receptionin the building.  These will be at 11:30 and 1:30.  We also have a private chef and a mobile bar who can cater for your small wedding, wherever it may be!

Wherever and however you get married, if you’re a bride, then you’ll probably need a dress.  We will have several racks of designer bridalwear at up to 85% off the RRP to our fair that you can try on in the private changing rooms set aside.  So, you’ll get the chance to try out some dresses without the hassle of a bridal appointment.  We have two jewellers and vendors who can supply you with beautiful paper or felt bouquets or accessories that will last a lifetime, as well as a florist who can supply real blooms.

For the planning on eloping, then the talks on how to make that happen – with either practical advice on the legalities of it all, tips on how to manage family members and suggestions of awesome locations, then come along to hear one of the talks being given our elopement expert, at either 11:00 or 2:30.

We will have four celebrants from the humanist society who will be able to offer suggestions on unique elements and rituals that you can put in to your ceremony so that your wedding is totally tailored to you as a couple.  They’ll be giving a talk on this at 2:00 and they will also have an exhibitor stand.

If you do get married close to home, or plan of throwing  a party at home after an elopement, then you’ll probably want to meet Gaming4Weddings, who will be in the lobby with two of their gaming units, for you to try out the entertainment they could bring to you wedding (or for you to leave your groom to happily play while you try on dresses!).  We have photographers and videographers who want to travel, and have a passion for smaller weddings.

Aside from the talks and tours, come along to meet some of the thirty exhibitors we will have at the fair.  There will be so much experience and knowledge of unique weddings in this room.  Coming to this fair on this day could hugely affect the choices you make for your wedding.  And you’re only going to do it once, so make sure that your wedding is exactly how you want it to be!

Perhaps you are already following our social media posts on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.  We’re posting lots of updates there, but the fair is just a few days away, so 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 today to be sure of getting one on the day.

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Photo credit: Peach Perfect Weddings and Pauntley Court

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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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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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Tiny Weddings Fair Exhibitor – Josephine Tournebize Jewellery

Josephine Tournebize Jewellery is has been based at the Red House Cone Glass Museum in Stourbridge Since 2015.  She of course makes jewellery herself but she also runs jewellery-making workshops.  Couples come to her to make their own wedding rings with her.  She will be exhibiting at the Tiny Weddings Fair in Birmingham on 10th March and she will be giving a talk there on the value of making your own wedding rings, and how she can help you to do it.  If you’re thinking of coming to the fair to listen to her, then you should buy your tickets in advance, that way you can be sure of preferential entrance to her talk.

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Please tell us a little about what you do.

We celebrate your jewellery every step of the way with the highest quality services and professional care it deserves.  You are guaranteed to receive a warm welcome and helpful advice directly by the experienced and skilled in-house jeweller in our fully equipped workshop.

We specialise in :

Personalised Jewellery Transformation

( including : remodelling,  alteration, repairs, and more.)

Bespoke Commissions

( including : wedding rings set, gifts, anniversary, etc.)

– ​Jewellery Making Experiences ​such as day introduction courses and private wedding and special occasion customised sessions.

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Please tell us more about your background.

The Business owner is French native, Josephine Tournebize from Paris who came to England in 2011 to study an Extended Diploma Level 3 in Art and Design Craft at the School of Jewellery in Birmingham. There, she learned how to design and produce handcrafted jewellery pieces using traditional techniques and graduated with triple distinctions in 2013. While still at University, Josephine was very interested in learning more about the longevity of a design and develop technical skills. From 2012 to 2014 she worked as a bench jeweller for a local family jewellery repair business. The very valuable experience she had, stretched and develop her knowledge and practical skills further.

All together with university and employment, she showed eclectic knowledge to inform her design, practical and professional techniques, skills and built experience. Josephine’s passion for jewellery and social cohesion lead her toward the pass of teaching. This amazing experience has given her the chance to understand that jewellery making is more than just a craft. It is an opportunity to express oneself, build confidence, develop social skills and so much more. It can also be perceived as an alternative to speaking therapy. She created Josephine Tournebize Jewellery in 2015, to offer and share all her experiences combined in one place of business.

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

The couple was interested in making their own wedding rings. We started with a personalised consultation to discuss designs, materials and finger sizes. Once we had all the main details, we were able to give a selection of diamonds for the couple to choose from and to match with the engagement ring.  We give a bottle of fizz to all our couples on the day of their wedding workshop which they can enjoy at a later date. It only took one morning for the couple to make their rings in 9ct white gold. The rings had to go to the Assay office for hallmarking and we had our stone setter to expertly set the diamonds on both rings for them. To finish, the rings were engraved and dipped in rhodium plating ready to sparkle on the big day. Even though the couple didn’t have any experience in jewellery making, they were able to have a particularly unique experience and professional looking wedding rings.

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

Small weddings are very special as they are all about celebrating the love between the couple and sharing it with everyone they care most about. Throughout the preparation to the big day, the couple is involved together and they give extra care to try having it handmade by themselves or by commissioning local artisan. Therefore most small weddings have the quality to focus on quality rather than quantity.

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

The wedding rings are often one of the primary elements the couple would organise when planning they small wedding. This is probably because they see the wedding rings as something that will last forever rather that focusing on showcasing the big day itself.

When comes to small wedding, the couple often wants to be more involved in the preparations and intend to be interested in making they own wedding rings with us or have us to design and handcraft them for them.

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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 think I would like to work on my own wedding one day. I would like it to be by the sea or in an old forest. This would happen either in England and/or France. Probably not in a church but maybe involving a hand-binding ceremony. The reception might happen in an old barn with some fields arounds so guest can camp out and have no travelling to do on the night. We would obviously make our own wedding rings together.

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

My business is more than a jewellery shop. With my experience as designer, goldsmith and tutor, my customer experience all the services in one place of business. Therefore, when planning a small wedding, the couple can be doing the wedding workshop and yet have the engagement ring resized or polished at the same time. This helps couples to receive the best advice and care for they jewellery all at once.

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Check out Josephine’s website for more information about what she does.  Follow her on Instagram or Facebook.  If you’re thinking of coming along to the Tiny Weddings Fair on 10th March to her here talk then you can follow our event on Facebook, or sign up to our mailing list to stay updated.  Preferential entry will be given to talks to those who have bought tickets in advance, so get your tickets now to save 50% off the price we’ll charge on the day.  If you want to stay updated with the Tiny Weddings Fair, follow us on Instagram or on Facebook, or sign up to the mailing list.


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Tiny Weddings Fair Exhibitor – Jayne from Casa Collina

An exhibitor that will be new to the Tiny Weddings Fair is Jayne Seddon of Casa Collina. She is British, but based in Italy, travelling to and from the UK quite frequently.  She is a wedding planner who specialises in weddings in Italy. Come along to chat to her about all the options she can help with in Italy at our fair on 10th March at the Birmingham Rep Theatre.

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

I have been planning and co-ordinating weddings in Italy for over 15 years. My love of Italy took me there 25 years ago, working for a UK tour operator, and then to an agency where I began specialising in weddings and events. My first little request was to assist with documentation for a UK couple marrying in Venice, and then evolved into researching and planning in many areas of Italy, from ceremonies on a gondola, to locations such as Amalfi and Tuscany. My work for the tour operator gave me the opportunity to visit and learn about many beautiful locations – and I have always loved travel!

My company is UK based – the name Casa Collina literally means ‘house in the small hills’ and was chosen as my colleague purchased his dream home in a beautiful area of Italy. I am responsible for weddings in Italy, however I have the back up of a great team both in the UK and in many areas in Italy.

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What do you love about small weddings and/or elopements?

I love getting to know the couple, really getting a feel for what is their dream wedding, understanding what’s important to them and giving them all the help I can to make it that extra special. I get a great deal of satisfaction when I find the venue they love, liaising with them throughout the planning stages, seeing them excited and happy and then of course on the day itself, seeing their dream come true.

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

Couples planning an elopement or small wedding are generally more concerned with their ceremony and what it means to them both, they look for ideas to make their day extra special and put a lot of thought into details. They usually want to make their destination wedding their honeymoon too, so they look for ideas and assistance planning their whole trip, including advice on travel arrangements and accommodation, pre-wedding activities, and of course advice on restaurants and food.

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

A wedding is a very personal and special occasion, and an elopement is very meaningful. They may need more help with small things, if they have no guests, and I enjoy helping in every way possible – from helping the bride into her dress, to making sure the restaurant has paid extra special attention to their table. Many couples look for a villa or location for their small group of friends to be together for a week – the venue and location is super important.

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

One of my favourite tiny weddings, was set in the Dolomites on a small breathtakingly beautiful lake, surrounded by snow-capped mountains. The wedding party consisted of two families, the groom was from Slovenia, the bride’s family from Australia. They chose this location being mid-way in Europe and something extra special for their families and friends. A total of 20 people. The wedding day was made up of two ceremonies, the civil one in the local town hall set in a beautiful mountainside village. I arranged their documentation and was interpreter during the ceremony, conducted by the major of the town. The sun shone and together with a great photographer, we moved to some pretty meadows filled with wild flowers to take amazing photos.

We then travelled back to the lake, where their symbolic ceremony took place on the romantic boat house overlooking the lake. I am also a celebrant, so conducted a very personalized ceremony for them. The couple and I had worked carefully together to include members of the family with beautiful readings. At this point it began to rain – we had organised, just in case, matching umbrellas for everyone and the ceremony went ahead, without a dry eye (tears of joy and rain drops). The couple were so, so happy, not even the rain bothered them as they had lived in Dubai for many years without seeing any rain.

I had organised the boat house to be decorated simply with rustic bouquets, and a lovely simple arch. Drinks and nibbles were provided by the nearby hotel, and then the sun came out so it was possible to take the beautiful wooden rowing boats out onto the lake. I have to say one of the most romantic weddings I have been privileged to be involved in.
For their evening reception, a table was set in the authentic mountainside hotel where they enjoyed delicious food. Table settings were simple and rustic, but with lots of personal details such as photos of the couple when they were young. The wedding party went onto enjoy several days of hiking and touring the local area.

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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?

This is a very difficult question, as I love so many locations in Italy and particularly the mountains. I would definitely re-do the mountain lake wedding, perhaps a renewal of vows for a couple such as George Clooney and his wife! I also dream of doing a Hindi wedding, for the colours and creativeness and interesting rituals – I would love to work on a special three day event in a hidden location in Puglia, perhaps in the ‘trulli’- small traditional houses.

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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?

Average weddings in the past few years have probably been less than sixty people, and definitely there has been an increase in elopements, particularly for second time weddings where couples perhaps when they were younger had the full-blown wedding, and want to do something different for their second marriage. Mature couples tend to want to combine travel with their intimate ceremony, perhaps even organising private tours, or boat trips or activities to make their wedding unforgettable and special. They also tend to not want a lot of the so-called frills of a wedding, keeping things simpler but special at the same time.

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

I am from the Midlands and have never lost my roots. The things I love about Italy I try to pass onto my couples – from advice on food and wine, to Italian culture and knowledge of the various regions.

One of my couples called me ‘Mary Poppins’ – and it’s probably true, I always have a big bag on the day to carry things that may be required, I am just missing literally the magic umbrella! I love working with people, I am hard-working and get things done. I am a born organiser, and enjoy challenges. Being fluent in Italian is also an advantage and understanding the mentality and ways the Italian people work. I believe in building good relationships both with couples, and with people I work with – its so important to have reliable colleagues.

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Follow our Facebook page for helpful and inspiring articles and information, and Jayne’s Facebook page for examples of her stunning weddings and the locations she plans weddings in, 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. Follow the Tiny Weddings Fair on Instagram or Casa Collina on Instagram for lovely photos and inspiration of small weddings.

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Jayne is looking forward to meeting lots of couples at our second Tiny Weddings Fair at the Birmingham REP Theatre on 10th March 2019. She has so much knowledge about Italy that she can’t wait to share. We highly recommend that you buy yourself a ticket in advance to get your free goody bag, to be in with a chance of winning a raffle prize, and to get privilege admission to workshops and talks.

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