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 – SeaflowerSkye

If you have ever looked at the options of where to elope in the UK, you’ve almost certainly seen beautiful photos of Skye.  There are so many stunning locations for an outdoor wedding in Scotland, and Skye is one of the most popular.  If you love beautiful scenery, wonderful food and the sea then SeaflowerSkye could be the ones to help you have a unique and relaxed Scottish wedding.

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Please introduce yourself and your business.

SeaflowerSkye is a small, luxury, boat tour company, which operates daily out of Portree on the Isle of Skye. It is run by myself, Janice Cooney, and my partner Ewen Grant. We started our business together in May of 2018. We purchased The Seaflower, which is a beautiful forty foot catamaran, with the intention of providing our guests with a high end experience, that’s just a little bit different.

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Ewen grew up on Skye but met me, an Irish girl, in Thailand while he was traveling the world. We moved to Australia together where we lived for three years. I was working as a nurse and Ewen was working in construction. It came time to move home so we needed to choose between life in Ireland or life in Scotland. It really didn’t take too long to decide that Skye was the place for us. Ewen is native to Skye and comes from a family with a long history of fishing shellfish. They have been fishing the local waters around Skye for over 45 years. As the hospital on Skye is small, with little job opportunities for me and construction work was minimal for Ewen, we needed to think outside of the box for employment. That’s when the idea of SeaflowerSkye began. We decided it necessary to showcase some of this amazing, local produce that Ewen’s brother and father both catch. What better way to do this than serve this beautiful, Scottish shellfish right on the water where it is fished.

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We sail daily to the islands of either Rona or Raasay. They are scenically beautiful, remote locations which are steeped in history. Often our guests are the only people on the island during their trip. We serve our guests a lunch of freshly caught, local shellfish, salad, crusty bread and a glass or 2 of wine. We also cater for non-seafood eaters and anyone with dietary requirements. The lunch is usually enjoyed out on deck in the sunshine but can also be served inside the heated cabin if the weather should turn a bit ‘Scottish’! We then allow time to go ashore and explore the island, with the ruins of an eighteenth century Clearance village and the ‘Church Cave’ on Rona, or the brand new whisky distillery on Raasay proving to be most popular. Whatever the weather, one of the best ways to see Skye is from the water. We believe this is a truly unique and special experience.

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What do you love about small weddings?

Having been present at both large traditional weddings and small, elopement style ceremonies, we really feel that what stands out between the two is the intimacy of the small wedding. Both styles are beautiful, but there is something very special about a wedding day being purely about the couple. We really enjoy helping two people to create their dream day and celebrate their relationship by making this special day their own. It is always an honour to be a part of such a beautiful day. People choose a small wedding or elopement for a variety of different reasons. Whatever that may be, a small wedding allows the couple to celebrate in a way that is personal to them.

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How do you think couples planning a smaller wedding differ from those planning a big wedding?

Obviously every couple, no matter the type of ceremony, are massively excited about their wedding day. We feel that a couple planning a small wedding however, is more focused on the ceremony and the finer details of what the day means to them and how they want it to be. This may simply be because they have less people to think about in the planning process, and can spend their energy on making the day perfect for them.

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Do you think more people are choosing to have a smaller wedding nowadays?

Small weddings have definitely increased on Skye in recent years. The law now allows people to be married in any location, so couples are free to choose their dream setting. We have only been in operation since May last year, however, we have been lucky enough to host a number of weddings and surprise engagements, with more booked for this year. Small weddings are becoming very popular for couples for many reasons and it is a pleasure to be a part of the process.

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

It is lovely to get to know a couple during the planning process, and with a smaller wedding you are far more involved. We like to really get an idea of what the couple envision for their day and want their celebration to be. We work with couples from the minute they contact us, trying to get an idea of what they would like. We help with different aspects of the wedding. We help to select a destination, the food and drink that is served, the decoration and any other added extras that a couple may want. We would not have the opportunity to this for a larger wedding.

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If you could work on any wedding, anywhere, for whom and where would it be?

Ewen wouldn’t mind me saying that the couple we would most like to work with is ourselves! We have been together for almost five years and because we decided to commit to running and owning our own business, certain things have had to go on the back burner.  We talk about it often and would ideally get married in Skye. When you are lucky enough to live somewhere as beautiful as we do and have access to a boat like the Seaflower, then you really don’t need to travel far. The boat is our livelihood and has become our life really, so we can see ourselves having our own ceremony on it when the time comes.

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Can you give an example of a tiny wedding you were involved with, and tell us what you did for the couple?

We are currently helping a lovely couple from Norway plan their elopement to Skye. We first met them on one of our regular trips during the summer last year. They had come aboard to celebrate their engagement, which had happened the night before. The couple got back in contact recently to enquire about getting married on board the Seaflower, which had come to mean quite a lot to them.

With the wedding not taking place until September 2019 and with them living in another country, myself and Ewen assisted them in organising transport from Glasgow airport to Skye. We also made suggestions and helped them to book accommodation for the duration of their stay. We put them in touch with one of the local registrars so they could work out the official side of their ceremony. Then we got down to planning the fun stuff! We have had many conversations about how they would like the boat decorated. We have a certain amount of decorations which we provide as standard on the boat, but I have supplied the couple with the numbers of local florists so they can get it just how they want it. We have also supplied them with numbers for local photographers. We have discussed food and drink and what they would like their wedding lunch to consist of. As we are the owners and operators of the Seaflower, we really do like to liaise with the couple and try to provide everything we can to make their dream day a reality.

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What makes you unique in the service you can offer to couple planning their wedding?

With generations of Ewen’s family being from Skye, we are very well connected and find it easy to get our couples in touch with who they need to speak with. Ewen and I are in love with where we live and thoroughly enjoy our job. This makes us very enthusiastic to show couples the beauty of Skye and make it the most special day possible. We have been told on numerous occasions that we helped to make the entire planning process very easy. We are a young couple who understand that this is one of the most important days of your life. We are hard-working and willing to go the extra mile. Skye has become one of the top elopement destinations in the world and we think getting married on the water, surrounded by one of the most stunningly scenic backdrops is certainly unique. With elopements increasing and tourism booming here, it can be difficult to find a quiet, secluded spot all of your own. This is a luxury that SeaflowerSkye is proud to be able to provide.

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Check out SeaflowerSkye’s website for more information about what they do.  Follow them on Instagram or Facebook.  If you’re thinking of coming along to the Tiny Weddings Fair on 10th March 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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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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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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