Tiny Weddings Fair

Tiny Weddings Fair Exhibitor – Clare’s Faux Flowers

Tiny Weddings Fair Clare's Faux Flowers

There are a few more exhibitors to tell you about, who will be at the Tiny Weddings Fair on 30th Sept.  If you want a bouquet that will last forever, come along and see what Clare’s Faux Flowers can do for you.  Come along to meet her at the Wycombe Swan to see some examples for yourself.

Please tell us about what you make.
Clare’s Faux Flowers sell high quality hand tied faux flowers for all occasions. I make bouquets for weddings, centrepieces and buttonholes. I also do wreaths for funerals, which I then break down and make posies for the family to keep as a reminder of their loved one. I also make wreaths for Christmas, and faux flowers for all occasions.

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What do you love about tiny weddings?

I have only just started the business and feel that tiny weddings are the way forward for me. It means that I can give full attention to the needs of the bride and groom.

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

I think small weddings don’t necessarily get the coverage they deserve. Couples can give more time and energy to a smaller wedding making sure everything is perfect.

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

I have only really worked with people planning small occasions, I haven’t worked on big events, and I find that smaller events suit me well.

What are your goals in supplying a small wedding?

I would like to create flowers that make the wedding party happy and remember their special day, in a way that they would not want to go back to real flowers again.

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Clare’s website is in progress, but you can 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.  Most importantly, buy yourself a ticket in advance.  This will get you preferential entry into our helpful talks, entry in to a raffle to win a free engagement shoot, the first 100 orders get a goody bag, AND you save 50% off the on-the-door price.

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Tiny Weddings Fair Exhibitor – Holly and Ivy Flowers

Tiny Weddings Fair Exhibitor - Holly and Ivy

Shelley is another fantastic exhibitor who will be at the Tiny Weddings Fair on 30th Sept at the Wycombe Swan.  The florists Holly and Ivy Flowers, that she runs with her sister, is based out of a beautiful farm building in Chalfont St Giles.  They are ideal suppliers for a tiny wedding because they aren’t target driven and don’t have huge overheads to cover, or time constraints, which means no budget is too big, or too small for them.

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Please introduce yourself and your business.

My name is Shelley and I am the creative hands behind the Holly and Ivy Flowers team. The business is shared between myself and my sister Holly (Where we got our name. Yes her middle name really is Ivy!)  We have been in business since last August.  I have been in the flower industry for over twelve years and can honestly say it is one of the best jobs in the world!  If you can put up with the cold in the winter!  My days are full of colour and I get to be creative and play around with flowers all day.

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What do you love about tiny weddings?

I love working on a tiny wedding because everything is in the detail.  Having had a tiny wedding myself on a pier in Cyprus with our nearest and dearest an intimate wedding is very close to my heart.  There may not be many flowers but the pieces the couple choose tend to be more personal and more statement pieces. They can afford to take their time on the finer details. You really get to know the couple and feel a part of their special day.

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

Couples having a tiny wedding have every single detail covered because its normally a small and very intimate setting.  Large weddings have a lot more to think of and plan.

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

I do business the same whether it be a small or large wedding. I treat every couple with the same attention to detail.

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

We have done many tiny weddings and work very closely with the couple. For example we had a couple who didn’t want to follow the very pink trend but didn’t really know what theme they wanted to go for, so we sat down and went through lots of magazines and looked closely at the venue they had chosen and the time of the year of the wedding. We came across a few favourite flowers and narrowed it down to a vintage old rose look for a small barn wedding.  Some couples come in and know exactly what they want but others would like the help and advice which we are more than happy to give.

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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?

Yes I do, with more and more couples choosing to buy the house or have the family before marriage the budget tends to be a lot smaller.  So a smaller and more intimate wedding tends to be what they choose.

If you could work on a tiny wedding anywhere in the world, any theme, any couple; where or what or whom would it be?

If I could go anywhere it would be Italy.  I fell in love with Italy whilst there on our honeymoon and could imagine the most beautiful and romantic wedding over-looking Lake Como with the most delicious food and wine! Not forgetting the flowers, which would add to the breath-taking surroundings.

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Follow our Facebook page or the Holly and Ivy 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 Holly and Ivy on Instagram for stunning bouquet inspiration.  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 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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