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The Big South West Wedding Fair

Well, we waited almost two years to showcase at a wedding fair and then we have the pleasure of doing two shows in one month!


Our second wedding fair, following the Clevedon Hall fair earlier in October, was at The Big South West Wedding Show at the Bath & West Showground.


Like everything else, covid had delayed this, but everyone was out in full force – the footfall across the two days was fantastic and there were so many excited couples, some getting married in a couple of weeks to others who were planning well ahead for 2024/25 weddings.


Like previous times we have exhibited at this show, we were showcasing our sister brand of The Alternative Guest Book.



If you haven’t seen or heard us before then you may be thinking what exactly is The Alternative Guest Book? Well, this is where we take all the messages from your wedding guests, usually captured during your reception with personalised message cards. This usually gets the banter going on the tables and allows your guests to think carefully about what they are going to write in a relaxed manner. Their message may be a piece of advice, an amusing memory, a funny anecdote or how they simply loved sharing your special day and we then 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.


It’s quite interesting for us to ask which of the two styles of frame that visitors to our stand like the most? Some fell in love with the frames we create that use the guest’s own hand-written messages (see example on left below) while others loved the neatness of those frames we create by re-typing each individual message and then displaying in various fonts/sizes! (see example on right below).


Which style do you prefer?!

Left: Typed comments | Right: Scaned comments


Either way, we were blown away with the response to our frames, with the general opinion being they were very unique and that they had not seen anything like it before.


So much so….there were plenty of entrants in our competition….


Competition Winner


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


The lucky winner was: Carla and Partner, getting married at Rockbeare Manor in 2022.


Many congratulations - we hope we can work with you to create a unique frame of artwork!


Our Frames


Apart from the choice of which frame style to go for – Typed or Scanned (and by the way we dont need to know this straight away – you can always wait and see the message cards that you get on the day before making your mind up and before sending the cards back to us) there are other options to choose from.


Size: you can opt for a long landscape size like the two samples above. You may want to go for one of our larger 60cm square sizes, or a more traditional 50cm by 70cm (either landscape or portrait). We also produce two smaller sizes, 30cm by 50cm or 40cm square which are perfect for where display area is restricted or for the smaller wedding party.


Then there is the choice of frame type and colour. You may like our contemporary frames, or our distressed frames or the thicker wooden grain frames. We can offer black, white, grey, slate grey and if you want something different like a wooden look (e.g. oak or pine) then let us know and we can easily sort this for you.



Don’t forget our sister brand – The Illustrated Invitation


Our sister brand is The Illustrated Invitation – where we use a beautiful illustration of your wedding venue and featuring this throughout a unique range of personalised illustrated stationery from Save the Date cards to Invitation Suites to On the Day stationery such as order of the day, menus, place cards and seating plans.


We had a couple of samples on display but please let us know if you would like to receive one of our sample packs in the post.


Please email Rachael & Jamie: hello@illustratedinvitation.co.uk.




Finally….


A big thanks to Meghan and Victoria and the team at The Wedding Emporium – always extremely well organised and always very well attended by a fantastic range of suppliers as well as an amazing footfall of excited couples soon to tie the knot.


We look forward to the next show – see you soon!


Best wishes,


Rachael, Jamie, Lily, & Faith x



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