Pop Up Wedding Village
A few weeks ago I met up with the wonderful Helen from Honeysuckle and Castle for coffee and a chat about all things weddings. Helen and her sister Sally are the wedding coordinators for three stunning venues working in partnership with the National Trust and English Heritage. She told me all about the Pop up wedding village that they were arranging in conjunction with Save the Date Magazine. So yesterday I hopped in the car to check it out. I spent the afternoon wandering around, chatting, sampling and taking really bad photos. But as I have sat down this morning, I think that writing this blog I’m going to have to have the thesaurus at the ready so I don’t use the words amazing and beautiful too often!
One of the things I love about where I live is the countryside. You can drive from the inner city with its shops, restaurants and bars to the middle of green fields within minutes. The drive out to Ticknall once you leave the motorway doesn’t disappoint. Winding roads, green fields, wild flowers, stone build houses. The village of Ticknall itself is gorgeous. It’s one of those traditional old English villages, the kind you see in American movies where everyone lives in stunning old cottages and it snows at Christmas. When you turn up the drive to Calke Abbey, past the green fields and the sheep grazing you know that the Grade I listed building that greets you at the end will be worth it. You can almost sense the history.
The one thing I noticed as I drove down through the grounds to the wedding fair itself is that it is so different to other wedding fairs. There is no hotel ballroom or large industrial type setting. There are no vintage Rolls Royce wedding cars outside. There was a definite relaxed festival feel, people walking round in wellies with their dogs eating pizza and drinking fizz. Hula Hooper’s and croquet on the go. As I walked round there were several vendors that really stuck out for me as being different and in this blog I talk about a few of my favorites. On saying that, they were all amazing so here is a list of who was there.
Food trucks are really big at the moment and the selection at the Pop Up Wedding Village did not disappoint. Although I was not happy that I had taken the car with me because how wonderful is the GinFizz Van?! Prosecco on tap as well as the Gin courtesy of Leicestershire based Two Birds Spirits. Amazing!
Or perhaps a bar in a horse box? Tipple and Toast minus the horse allow you to customize the drinks menu for your wedding, making it more unique to you.
But there wasn’t just alcohol, there was Pizza courtesy of The Rustic Crust. People were raving about their pizzas and the queue was massive. There was also ice cream thanks to Truly Scrumptious Gelato. Which was also going down a treat despite the April showers.
But if food trucks aren’t your thing there was catering in the form of the award winning Black Peppermint Food Company. I couldn’t even get close to try their food but I could hear what people were saying and it was all good! There were also cocktails and entertainment from Big Tops and Tall Tales whom I absolutely am crushing on!
Photo Booths with a Difference
The other thing I totally loved were the photo booths that moved away from the traditional, very popular photo booths. Now, my friends and I are a little partial to some photo booth action and at the Pop Up Wedding Village there was none other than a taxi photo booth! Yes you heard that right a black cab that is a photo booth and I don’t mean me and my friends taking selfies in the back of a cab on the way home. However, I think for me this could be a complete disaster. No one else would get a look in!
This is me with my friends Kay from The Loft Hair and Beauty, Sam of So Bad Ass fame and Charlotte who is the most amazing wife and mother and spends her whole time driving her husband and kids around Yorkshire and the Midlands (when not in photo booths). We are booth experts, or so we think.
There was also a beautiful photo booth from the folks at Little Creative Caravan. Very pretty with neutral colours and a real rustic feel which it very in right now. However, if you are wanting something indoors but a little different for your photo booth then look no further than Premier event services. Not only do they have amazing light up dance floors, I swear you wouldn’t be able to get me off, they also have a magic mirror! I need this in my house, party or not I have to have one, I have realised that I can’t even get ready for work in the morning without a magic mirror.
Unique Wedding Extras
There were so many amazing and unique vendors there that this blog post could go on forever. But there was just one more vendor who really stood out for me for being amazing and unique whom I wanted to mention. Hurley’s Wedding Day Dogs. Many people see their pets as being part of the family and want to involve their dogs in their day some how. Well with Hurley’s you can totally do this. They will pick up your dog, take him for a spa treatment, well a bath and a hair cut, take him to your wedding venue and if you want, look after him for the night whilst you party. How cool is that?!
If I were you I would keep an eye out for the next pop up wedding village and pop along. I promise you won’t be disappointed.