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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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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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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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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Didea Weddings – Dominican Republic – Tiny Weddings Fair

If you have ever dreamed of getting married under a palm tree on a quiet and beautiful white sandy beach then Didea Weddings could be the ones to help you do it in the Dominican Republic. You can get married with them outside of a resort and have the tiny wedding that suits you. Find out more about them in the brochure that we will be handing out to all attendees at the Tiny Weddings Fair on 10th March in Birmingham. Sign up to our mailing list to keep up to date with what will be happening on the day.

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

Didea Weddings is part of Didea Events and Entertainment, a company based in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. We are a company offering destination wedding planning but also entertainment services (live music, dance shows) and event rentals. Collaborating only with private venues and beach locations, we are able to create dream weddings from scratch. Our packages are entirely tailored to the couple’s unique preferences. Having a connection to all the right vendors and talent in Punta Cana allows us to combine and offer the best possible services to our clients. Not many people know this, but in Punta Cana you can get married off-resort and have a completely intimate wedding. No matter what hotel the couple and their guests stay at, we organize transport to and from our exclusive venues.

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

The intimacy at small weddings is something that has always inspired us. It is the main reason why at Didea we work only with private wedding locations. You simply cannot get that type of privacy getting married at a hotel.

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

The entire process of planning a small wedding is more personal. Everything is one hundred per cent about the couple. They are not stressed and having to worry about too many guests, which allows them to relax and fully enjoy their wedding day. With tiny weddings everything flows, in a way.

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

There are many things all weddings have in common, even the tiniest ones: there is always decoration, flowers, an aisle, a photographer to capture every moment. But I would like to point out the importance of tiny details that can add so much value to a wedding. Once, a couple asked for a unique choreography prepared for their first dance on a song that was meaningful to them. As I said in the beginning, at Didea we work with dance classes as well, so we were able to organize dance lessons with our choreographer. Even though they had little time to practice, they danced it beautifully. Their ten guests were totally blown away and they all had such an amazing time. Being able to make someone’s special day even more special is extremely fulfilling.

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

First of all, the venues that we work with are all private. Punta Cana is a well-known wedding destination and there is so much more to it than just the big resorts. A wedding at a beautiful, intimate location by the Caribbean Sea is an experience of a lifetime. Secondly, we tailor every wedding package based on every couple’s preferences. This results in a unique, personalized wedding package. In my opinion pre-armed packages are to be avoided in this industry, especially when it comes to tiny weddings. Lastly, as a company offering wedding planning but also entertainment services and event rentals, we have absolutely everything a couple needs for their big day. Some like a guitar player to play their special song while walking down the isle, others prefer a fire show to amaze their guests… with us, the possibilities are countless.

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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?

There is definitely an increase in tiny weddings, especially when it comes to destination weddings. Couples just want to elope or have up to 10 of their closest friends and family with them. There are many reasons for this, but I think the main one is the stress and pressure of having to plan a big wedding, especially from abroad. Even though it is more complicated to plan a big destination wedding, the entire process can be absolutely stress-free for the couple, if the wedding planner is good at their job.

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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 am very happy where I am now: On one of the most beautiful Caribbean islands, surrounded by breath-taking nature and doing what I love with people from all over the globe. It’s the best feeling in the world!

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Follow the Tiny Weddings Facebook page for helpful and inspiring ideas of how to make your small wedding or elopement happen, and Didea Weddings’ Facebook page to read stories of their beautiful weddings, and show your interest in our Facebook event to see updates. Even better, sign up to our mailing list to make sure that you get all our news. Follow the Tiny Weddings Fair on Instagram or Didea Weddings on Instagram for lovely photos and inspiration of their incredible weddings. If you’re planning on coming to the fair, and would like to attend the talks and workshops on how to make a wedding abroad happen, wherever in the world you want to do it, then get your tickets in advance, and save 50% off the price you’d pay on the day.

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