Dave and I arrived at the venue on the Friday evening to set up:
Then it was Saturday and the show was about to start!
Our spot was on the landing looking over the main hall. I must admit that my first thought on seeing our position on the plans was 'welcome to the cheap seats' but in fact I think it was a good position - open space, easy to nose over the ballastrade, nice backdrop, quirky space for cards and cake stands. The disadvantages were the landing was narrow, so a shallower table would have been better, and there wasn't an obviously walk through so some people headed straight to the wedding dress rooms then headed straight back downstairs (perhaps I should have positioned Dave at the top of the stairs to head them off!)
Another nice thing about the landing was our neighbouring exhibitors were all lovely! Next to us at the end of the room were the Nero String Quartet - lovely ladies who played fantastic covers of songs by bands like The Killers and Elbow as well as the classics like 'Get me to the church on time' - they made us smile many times with their choices throughout the two days of the show.
Our opposite neighbour was Sheena Holland who makes amazing head pieces from vintage material, buttons, pearls or whatever she can lay her hands on - check out her work...it's stunning.
Next was Abigail Hall (who incidentally only lives around the corner from me) a house stylish but also creates beautiful paintings and could be seen with her easel bringing art to life.
Our other next door neighbour was Liezl Croft - lovely photography and nice to chat to as well!
In the adjacent room were two more lovely companies Kate Edmondson Bridal Couture and image consultant Emily-Jayne. Kate creates the most beautiful wedding dresses but what I loved EVEN more were the gorgeous hats and veils she had on her display (I would like one just to wear around the house to make me feel glam while I'm washing up!). Kate was accompanied by the sweetest man (I didn't find out if they were a couple or even his name (shame on me)) but he was SO friendly he put a smile on my face each time I saw him. Emily-Jayne was super glamourous (I must confess to being envious of both the outfits she wore at the show!) and super nice - she even gave me a mention on her blog!
Some little samples for the guests (and other exhibitors!)