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Vintage wedding fair

The National Vintage Wedding Fair comes to Swiss Gardens in Old Warden, Bedfordshire, on April 17th, 2016, but this time also brings with it something slightly different: a fake wedding! A what? You mean where a fake bride marries a fake groom? Yes, exactly that, but everyone else attending is real: the celebrant, the photographer, the stylist, the videographer, as well as a real beautiful cake, canapés and flowers. It’s a way of bringing the wedding fair to life, and of showing you how the vendors you might book at the event actually perform at a wedding.

Fair director, Kate Beavis, tells us more about this new fake wedding concept:

“A fake wedding is a great way for brides- and grooms-to-be to really experience wedding businesses in action, so they can visualise their style and see first-hand how they interact while working. They all become the guests at the wedding, and observe potential contacts at work, rather than just displaying their services and products as part of an exhibition stand. The concept isn’t new as it is very popular in the US, but it is still pretty unheard of in the UK.”

vintage wedding fair

Kate runs fairs around the country but this is her first outdoor event, which is something she is very excited about.

“We’ve teamed up with the Shuttleworth Collection team as this is the perfect setting for our fair as well as for your wedding; the Swiss Gardens are not only beautiful but are a great example of Regency design, with interesting landscapes at every turn, and with 13 listed structures, including an amazing grotto with stained glass windows and a domed roof. There are even peacocks wandering about to add even more colour to proceedings! But don’t take my word for it – The Guardian describes it as a “miniature world, dotted with follies as absurdly pretty as illustrations in a fairy tale”.”

With stylists Fleur De Lace and photographer Sharon Cooper already confirmed to take part at the fake wedding, the event is set to be fabulous. Not forgetting that there is a wedding fair too, under a marquee with wedding craft workshops where you can learn how to make flower head crowns, live music as well as more vintage wedding exhibitors, this is going to be a great day out.


For more information, visit the website at Tickets cost £8, which includes entry to the gardens and can be bought on the day. Every bride and groom who pre-registers for the fair via the website gets a complimentary £15 Uber voucher.



Photography – Binky Nixon Photography