The Master Builder’s at Buckler’s Hard wedding fayre – Sunday 8th March

On Sunday 8th March the The Master Builder’s at Buckler’s Hard are holding a wedding fayre…

‘Calling all Brides & Grooms to be! Join The Master Builder’s at Buckler’s Hard for a glass of fizz & canapés, tour your beautiful venue, and meet a number of fantastic local wedding suppliers. Wedding co-ordinator, Liga, will also be on hand for any questions you may have about your big day.

Please get in touch with Liga Miteniece on 01590 616253, or email liga@themasterbuilders.co.uk for further information’

Wedding Fairs I am attending next year, 2017…

Penton Park – Sunday 15th January 2017 – 11:00am – 16:00pm

Beautiful Penton Park will be hosting another fantastic venue open day on Sunday the 15th of January, I am delighted to be attending. Please do come and say hello to us.

Address: Penton Park, Penton Mewsey, SP11 0RD.

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BASH Winchester Guildhall – 5th March 2017 – 11:00 – 13:00 / 13:30 15:30

The wedding show *correction* BASH. for couples and the curious who want more than the traditional wedding fair.
Forget endless rows of uninspiring white table cloths and join the party atmosphere as we bring you music, beauty tutorials, tasty treats, and ridiculously rad supplier collaborations. Showcasing the hottest styling trends for 2017 and beyond.
The time has come to stop being told how rad wedding folk are and come and experience their talents for yourself…

Address: Guildhall Winchester, The Broadway, SO23 9GH.

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The Master Builder’s at Buckler’s Hard – 12th March / 11th June / 10th September 2017 12:00 – 17:00

A vintage chic wedding venue, set in the heart of the New Forest.

The Master Builder’s will be hosting another fantastic venue open day on Sunday 12th March, I am delighted to be attending. Please do come and say hello to us.

Address: The Master Builder’s at Buckler’s Hard, Beaulieu, SO42 7XB.

Why I don’t do so many wedding fayres as I used to…

I occasionally get asked by clients which wedding fayres I will be attending that year, so they could catch me for a quick chat about their wedding makeup.  The fact of the matter is that I now don’t attend as many as I used to – perhaps 2 or 3?  This is mainly because I am now in the envious position of not needing to chase business, and most of my weekends are now booked with either a wedding or makeup trial – meaning I cannot attend these events.  When I was starting out I would attend anything and everything, just to get my name out there and build my confidence with talking to potential bridal clients.  I think this was the best thing I could have done for myself and my business, as I also met some great friends through other wedding suppliers who I now count on for styled shoots with magazines.

I often encourage brides to call, or email me if they need to talk about anything – even if it’s not makeup related! x

Next Wedding Fayre…Sunday 13th November 2016 at The Master Builders at Bucklers Hard, New Forest

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Working with Az Rehman of Lemontree Photography

I had known of Az by association through various wedding fayres that we had both attended, and by talking to other photographers who always say that Az is the ‘godfather of photography’ and someone they would turn to if they needed help with their own images.  So I knew he was one of the best.  I then got the chance to work with Az myself on a couple of weddings last year, and loved the final result (see my bridal gallery for these)  I decided to contact Az when I had an idea for a photoshoot – art deco with a contemporary twist, or 21st century Great Gatsby.  He was very excited by the concept that we set about straight away getting a location, model and other wedding suppliers onboard.  We had a great time, even though the day was long – Az kept us all happy and on our toes, so the day didn’t drag.  Something that I now know is a vital skill for a photographer.

We loved working together so much that we then set about our next shoot, the ballerina, which was just a really easy/low key affair with just Az, ballerina Rebecca Nutt and myself.  I loved this shoot as we just had a bit of a laugh and played around with different styles, which meant the images hold their own.

I do love working with Az as we share a vision but equally differ when it matters to make this images really individual.

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What happens at a Wedding Fayre?

When my friends ask me what I’m doing at the weekend I normally reply ‘Off to a Wedding’, or ‘Going to meet a bride for a makeup trial’  but sometimes I say I’m doing a wedding fayre, to which they ask what does that involve?  I know a lot of couples are often put off by going to a wedding fayre, worried that they will be bombarded by vendors asking for email addresses or given a one day 10% discount if you book today now only!!!  But actually they are exceptionally tame and suppliers are simply there to answer any questions, and put people at ease – something which we are used to doing!  I tend to do a lot of fayres where I have been personally approached by a venue, or I have worked with that particular hotel/organisation before – which means that you tend to get individually selected and recommended suppliers for the venue, who are all very very good at their job (no one wants an upset bride)

So what happens at a Wedding Fayre?

OK, so once your at the venue/hotel you will normally be asked when your wedding date is and if you have already booked it, then you will be given a brochure detailing all the suppliers that are at the event today in case you miss anyone that you might later want to book.  Then it’s really up to you what you want to do, whether to speak to anyone and everyone or to just go to the vendors you want to book like a florist or cake maker.  There is absolutely no pressure to book there and then, but the vendor should get their diary to make sure you are not disappointed later – something which I hate doing to brides but the fact is we are all getting booked 2 years in advance these days!

Wedding fayres can be really insightful and fun, and should give you enough information to make an informed choice.  So don’t be afraid to attend them! x

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