Saturday, 31 March 2012

Another great blog review of DVWF...

Today's blog review of DVWF comes courtesy of
bh13 Photography

Exquisite Brides

Rachel Drewer Millinery

Read the full article at 

Friday, 30 March 2012

Two great blog entries about DVWF.

If you missed DVWF, here are two great blog entries about the event...

Sarah-Leigh's Style Files

Sarah-Leigh Style File Trend Booth


Jalopy Pizza

Thursday, 29 March 2012

And the winner of the fantastic DVWF Bridal Package was...

Winner of the DVWF Bridal Package was...
Rebecca Burton!

Rebecca and fiancee, Neil with DVWF organiser, Anna Coombes,
Jess Eaton from The Roman Forte and Jay Rachet MC.

Rebecca and Neil won an amazing wedding package which included

For the bridal party -

£100 towards a wedding dress from 
Exquisite Brides

A bridal headpiece from 
Rachel Drewer Millinery

A consultation and free bridesmaid dress from
Maids To Measure

£75 towards any of Madeleine Bridal's wedding veils

£50 towards a bridal bouquet from 
Parkwood Florists

A bridal styling session from 
Sarah-Leigh's Style Files Booth

Two fascinators for bridesmaids/Mother of the Bride from 
Gypsy Rose Upstyling

A bridal beaded hair comb from 
The Beaded Flower Company

For the wedding ceremony and reception -

The hire of The Roman Forte for their wedding reception

A chauffeur driven VW Camper from 
Dorset Dubhire

50% off 'Yours for the Day' package from 
Planned for Perfection

A Miss Ingredient Cake Company cupcake tower

£50 towards the cost of chair covers and sashes from 
Classic Chair Covers

A bh13 Photography ceremony photography package

Vintage china trios from 
Miss Dolly's Vintage Parties
A unique sweet table from 
Sweet Dream Events

The services of Jay Rachet, Master of Ceremonies

The hire of a Columbia wind-up gramophone and 78rpm collection from
Old Crocks

And how did Rebecca feel about winning the prize?

"I would like to say how truly grateful we both are to you and all who have contributed such time and effort towards what will be the wedding that we could have only dreamt of, had it not have been for this prize. I thank you from the bottom of my heart."

Keep checking back to see Rebecca and Neil's wedding preparations over the coming months 
or make sure you get your latest copy of 
'Something Borrowed Magazine
to read all the DVWF prize winner news!

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Diary Entry by Diana Saxby about DVWF and one of our prize draw winners!

"This weekend, possibly the hottest and sunniest day in March, I exhibited at a new wedding venue in Dorset. The wedding fair was organised by The Dorset Vintage Wedding Fair, who I exhibited with last Autumn, at a similarly exciting and successful event.

On Sunday, I was allocated a perfect space in the ceremony marquee with beautiful flowers provided on the table by the exhibiting florist. With over 500 visitors to the wedding fair, from the moment doors opened at 10am until they closed at 4pm, I was pretty much talking non-stop to brides who were at times queueing up to speak to me, and while waiting, watched the DVD running on my laptop of one of my outdoor ceremonies last year on the shores of Poole Harbour,

Nearly every single person I spoke to was interested in having a celebrant conducted ceremony and understood the benefits. A few had already booked their venues and officiants, but the majority of brides came with open minds and the vision and courage to have a different style of wedding, and a bespoke, personal ceremony tailor made for them. It was an absolute joy to speak with them all and observe their interest and enthusiasm for my particular style of ceremony and the freedom it gives them.

As this was a new venue which I linked with a while ago, along with many other exhibitors, I offered a prize for the draw of a personally designed and bespoke wedding ceremony for one couple valued at £500+ and was surprised at how many people entered for this draw. Some entered on arrival, others entered after speaking with me personally.

The winning bride was the most delightful Gemma, who I had spoken to in the morning with her mother, and 2 bridesmaids. We'd spent time talking together, and she entered the draw afterwards. The Terms and Conditions of all prizes offered stipulated ticket holders must be present at the draw to claim their prize and when I popped my head around the packed marquee as the draw was being made, I spotted my bride-to-be, with her mother and 2 bridesmaids, sitting on the front row!

When I spoke to Gemma afterwards to congratulate her she told me she had already texted her fiancé to tell him she had just won a lady for their wedding! I spoke with her mother too who told me that after chatting to me in the morning, they had needed to be elsewhere so, with the permission of the organisers, they had gone away, and returned in the afternoon for the draw. She also said that after speaking with me in the morning they all came away with the hope that the winning ticket would go to Gemma............. and it did!

Gemma has since told me that the ceremony is the first thing she has obtained for her wedding and she is now excited about planning the rest of her wedding.

Donating a gift for a prize draw doesn't just benefit the winner. I feel especially lucky to have met such a lovely bride-to-be and have such a lovely couple to work with in the future plus I have the advantage of meeting the bride's mother and her bridesmaids.

So, I now look forward to working with Gemma and her fiancé Adam, to design and conduct a very, very beautiful and meaningful wedding ceremony to surpass all expectations!

Is it any wonder I love my work so much that I've dedicated myself to being a full-time wedding celebrant?"

Read Diana's diary in full at

Text and Images Copyright - Grace the Day © 2012

Monday, 26 March 2012

A fantastic day at DVWF!

Claire Pettibone Dresses from Exquisite Brides.
Image courtesy of Maids to Measure

What an amazing day! The sun shone, the exhibitors were fabulous and we were absolutely deluged by excited brides and grooms from 
the minute we opened until we closed.

Willy Walnut

Sweet Dream Events

The Beaded Flower Company

Dorset Dubhire

Catwalk models in dresses from Exquisite Brides

Thank you to everyone that made DVWF such a wonderful success! 

Miss Dolly's Vintage Parties and Honeybells

Check out more images of the day on our Facebook page.

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Sunday 25th March 2012

 The Dorset Vintage Wedding Fair 

The Roman Forte

Willett Road, 
BH21 3DH 

10am - 4pm.

The Dorset Vintage Wedding Fair is a boutique showcase bringing together the best contemporary and vintage wedding providers in the South to help you create your perfect day. On display will be authentic vintage and designer wedding dresses, veils and shoes. 

There will be an array of beautiful jewellery, millinery and accessories. If you fancy, you can get involved in hair and makeup workshops or simply get some advice for your big day. There will be an 'Exquisite' bridal catwalk show at 1pm which will be launching the 2012 Claire Pettibone Beau Monde Collection, so grab your front row seat and be among the first brides in the country to view this stunning collection of wedding gowns,

There will be vintage themed flowers, favours and stationery as well as a selection of bespoke wedding cakes and stunning photography. There will also be ideas for your hen party, accessories for the Groom, vintage crockery hire and decorations. 

The music will be plentiful ranging from classical to contemporary and a variety of options for entertainment and catering. There will be a vintage tea room serving refreshments throughout the day.

Whether you are a vintage-inspired bride or a contemporary bride looking for something a bit different for your wedding, this is the wedding fair for you!

Tickets are available on the door and the £5 entry price includes a bridal goody bag for the first 100 ladies and free entry to the prize draw where you can win a wedding package worth over £6,000, among other amazing prizes!

See You There!

Friday, 23 March 2012

Lime Catering

A South Coast based Catering, Bar and Event  Management Team providing a bespoke service for their clients.

We offer venues, individually tailored menus, locally sourced food, excellent service and peace of mind.

Come and see us at 
The Dorset Vintage Wedding Fair
on Sunday
and we'll help you create your perfect event.


What can you expect from The Dorset Vintage Wedding Fair?

The Dorset Vintage Wedding Fair!

Don't miss this fantastic event at 

The Roman Forte

Dorset's hottest new wedding venue

Sunday 25th March 2012 

10am - 4pm

Over 50 fabulous exhibitors showcasing their bespoke wedding services and talents.

Everything from

 Gorgeous bridal accessories...

to wedding dresses...

Wedding cakes...

to bridal shoes...

Stunning bouquets...

to bespoke stationery...

Vintage china hire...

to flawless photography...

Hair and beauty...

to wedding transport...

Wedding presents...

to vintage ice cream trikes


Tickets are £5 on the door.
Entry price includes a goody bag for the first 100 ladies and entry to a free prize draw to win an amazing wedding package and other great prizes!