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Jan-22 Clevedon Hall Wedding Fair

Kicking off 2022 in style!

Our first wedding fair of 2022 and back with the amazing Clevedon Hall!

We had an amazing reception at the last show in Oct-21, lots of interest and many orders and getting to speak to many excited couples. It was great fun.

Well, it has certainly been busy in the last few months but when Jan 1st came, it has got even busier….the inbox is pinging and we are sooo busy with both our brands The Alternative Guest Book (our stylish guest frames) and The Illustrated Invitation (our parent company specialising in illustrated stationery).

And this show was incredibly busy too, as it always is.

We were back in the Conrad room along with some other amazing suppliers, which we are going to give a quick mention to.

First up - Triggols Cars, which you can see two beauties of their fleet above. Lots of visitors admiring these wheels when they were coming in and considering driving to their venue in sheer class and style. If you haven’t had chance please check out their website:

Speaking of beauty, we also shared the room with Powder and Paint – Make-up by Kathryn. Lots of people admiring her skills and sample pics. It was quite easy to see why Kathryn is in such high demand. Check her out: | @powderandpaintbristol

We also had Crumb Cakery showcasing their amazing cakes. The cakes looked yummy but I was fortunate to get to try some samples. Torn between whether to go for the banana and caramel or the prosecco and raspberry, I had no other option than to try both.

Wow….both were so delicious. I had 2nds. In fact I had 3rds! I know Helen is heavily booked so be sure to get in early.

We also watched the hugely talented Ian Lloyd impress us with his portrait skills.

One minute there was a blank canvas and the next minute there was a remarkable caricature of our friend at Triggols Cars. Imagine the fun and laughs you would have if Ian was at your wedding and producing similar artwork! Check out his website at for more details and samples of his special talent.

So now for a quick plug on us!

If you haven’t seen or heard us before then The Alternative Guest Book is where we take all the messages from your wedding guests – whether it’s a piece of advice, an amusing memory, a funny anecdote or how they simply loved sharing your special day – and we create a stunning piece of artwork that can proudly display in your home. Unlike a traditional guest book this can always be on display, and always bring back those fond memories of your wedding day.

We offer two styles – one is where we type each message from the personalised comment card we provide you and your guests to complete on the big day. Usually we suggest one card per guest at your reception (like in the pic above) plus any more who cannot make the day or are just coming for the evening celebrations. Our teenage daughters help with the typing to earn their pocket-money (although we have to remove some of the messages if they are a bit naughty!).

We then use various fonts in different typestyles to create a piece of artwork like the frame below.

Alternatively, we scan the message cards, tidy them up a bit, perhaps changing the layout slightly and then you have a frame where the messages are in your guest’s own handwriting style, like in the pic below. A lovely personal touch and comments you will treasure forever.

Competition Winner

We ran another competition giving the winner a £50 voucher towards one of our frames.

The lucky winner was Harriet getting married at Clevedon Hall in Jul-23. Many congratulations to you Harriet - we hope we can work with you and your partner Pat to create a unique frame of artwork!

Sample Pack of Clevedon Hall Illustrated Wedding Stationery

Please contact us if you would any further details on either our framed guest comments or our illustrated wedding stationery – we would be delighted to post out one of our sample packs featuring all our illustrations of Clevedon Hall across various stationery products, including our new illustration which we spoke about in the blog for the previous wedding fair in Oct-21.

Please email Rachael & Jamie:

Finally, another big thanks to Clevedon Hall for a great showcase – this venue and its team are offering something really really special and we are proud to be one of their suppliers.

Best wishes,

Rachael, Jamie, Lily & Faith x


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