A few weeks ago, Dave and I checked out the Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza. This yearly event is aimed at couples who don’t feel like the traditional wedding scene caters to them, with a range of quirky traders offering everything from Medieval wedding outfits to video games for the Reception.
EWE was held at The Bond in Digebth, and I was surprised by how many traders they’d managed to squeeze in. You checked in, and were given your wristband and a bag (nice touch, you always get given a million leaflets at these things and need somewhere to put them). The traders were laid out through a network of rooms at The Bond, and a one way route had been marked out to keep the crowd moving through. This worked well for the most part, but did occasionally bottle neck as people stopped to look at stalls.
For us, this was the best wedding fair we’ve visited so far. We saw far more ideas that seemed like ‘us’, than we have anywhere else.
We loved lots of the designs for stationery from Barr Code Design. They had so many options, including adorable luggage tag Save The Dates, invites shaped like Game Boys and place-cards held by Storm Troopers. . Definitely up our street.
I found lots of ideas for me too.
The dresses I liked best were both from The Couture Company.
I also liked the birdcage veils from Crown & Glory. They were so pretty and would be gorgeous with a retro styled dress.
We looked at a lot of bouquet options too. I really want something quirky, without having to spend a bomb. We loved the nerdy options from Bouquet Chic Unique, and while they were too huge for what I want, the floral sculpture bouquets from Maddison Rocks were stunning. The felt bouquets from Jamball Creations were lovely too, but apparently I was too busy chatting and not taking pictures.
I would definitely suggest the Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza if you’re looking for wedding things a little outside the box. We found so many more things we liked than we have at more mainstream shows, and I think I’ll go back next year when we’re a little nearer to our actual wedding. I also suggest it for anyone who enjoys many a sheep pun.
We paid for our tickets in full. EWE were aware I was a blogger, as they actually invited me after I’d bought tickets, but none of the traders were. All images, words and opinions are my own.