So who is behind The Creative Boutique Wedding Fair?
The fair is run, organised and nurtured by lover of all things hand-made Amelia Barnes. Originally she studied as a fine artist and became a teacher and then studied other crafts on the side, such as Floristry. When she got married she realised that there wasn’t anything truly stylish, Handmade or truly reflective of her. She is now able to provide a wedding planning service as part of Creative Weddings.
“I spent months and months searching online for a vintage wedding dress and I just couldn’t find anything that would fit me or my style…. All dresses I looked at in shops were made in China and had a six month leadtime. Being fairly headstrong, I objected to bossy women telling me what I should have for my wedding day. Having studied as a fine artist my love of all things creative and handmade was the driving force for the fair”
Organiser, Amelia Barnes says: “I wanted to provide something to brides that couldn’t just be ordered off the internet or bought off the peg. Much of what was offered to me for my own wedding was part of a package or mass produced with high pressure sales techniques involved and lacking in the quality and craftsmanship I was after. In the end, I made everything myself – and exhausted myself in the process!”
She realised that there must be other girls like her so decided to set up Miss Vintage Wedding Affair in 2010 which has now become The Creative Boutique Wedding Fair. The first fair took place in 2011 in Surbiton but quickly out-grew its venue. Amelia then started working with Battersea Arts Centre to host the fair and ran several events until the fire that gutted the Grand Hall at The BAC. She is now excited to be working with a brand-new wedding venue. County Hall, at Kingston upon Thames is a stunning and luxurious venue for such an event. It has more scope for an interactive event with spaces for demos and Q&A’s.
From all this hard work, the fair has become renowned in the U.K for its focus on high-quality and original suppliers offering handmade wedding services with a focus on stylish, contemporary vintage. Many of the wedding industry’s most talented, unique and award winning suppliers are regular returning exhibitors.
She adds: “I hand pick the suppliers for the event to ensure quality and originality, so that brides can come and talk to the person who will make their wedding dress, see samples of goods up close and discuss their own wedding with an expert who can tailor their services to meet brides’ needs. In short, it’s for couples who want something inspired and a little bit special.”
In addition to its list of creative exhibitors, The Creative Boutique Wedding Fair is well known for being a full wedding experience for visitors and exhibitors. Advertising for the suppliers goes well beyond the day of the fair.
Amelia says: “Planning a wedding should be a fun experience, and Miss Vintage Wedding Fair is designed to be a fun day, with healthy and delicious meals available and plenty of time to relax and chat to suppliers without feeling tired, hungry or pressured. We want our brides to feel at home and to get the most out of the day – to come away feeling energised and inspired.”
The Fair is Amelia’s labour of love and I hope you agree that this shine through in each event! We can’t wait to welcome you all! X