BeA Alfresco at the Birmingham Wedding Fair 2013
We are back home again after spending a few days in Birmingham, UK, where we went to join the English National Wedding Fair.
Except for driving on the left side of the road (we almost went crazy at the traffic circles – which the English call ‘roundabouts’!), and except for the fact that we missed our Tuscan food (there were restaurants of many nationalities, but we really missed the food back home!) I enjoyed myself a lot and I found some really exciting ideas and made lots of contacts!
First of all, the vintage style always has charm; every year it is displayed over and over again, and always with great success. There were, in fact, several vintage stands with clothes, accessories, and even cars, such as a Volkswagen minivan from the fifties. It was gorgeous!
But what I liked most was the huge quantity of wedding stationery! What is wedding stationery? All the different kinds of paper goods that we need for a wedding...
Save-the-date cards: these are the cards that the bride and groom send to family and friends several months before the wedding, to remind them not to forget the date. There were a lot of sweety cards, and the ones I loved the most were the save-the-date ‘cards’ in the form of magnets for one’s fridge! So funny!
Invitations: most stunning were those in the form of a cinema card, with an RSVP to stick on and send back to the couple, or the ones in the form of a postcard for a couple who are planning a destination wedding (perhaps in Tuscany, Italy??).
Besides the invitations and cards there were: order of service booklets, menus, place holders, and every kind of card that you can imagine, including wedding seating plans!
Of course, all the paper stuff has to follow the wedding theme you choose.
I think that the British style is unique and fantastic, and besides that, the wording for the save-the-date cards and for the “Our I Do” board on Pinterest is better in English than in Italian. In English they are funny and smart and you can play around with them a lot.
Among all the wedding suppliers, there was a girl who really caught my attention; she wore a fire red lipstick and a bow in her hair. She was the creative person and the owner of Stanley’s Library, an agency that makes stationery by taking inspiration from famous novels, such as Lolita, The Secret Garden, Pride and Prejudice, and so on; hence the name, ‘Library’. I can assure you that her work is stunning and magnificent!
Of course, all the suppliers told me that their goods are available for shipping to Italy, and all the stationery can be customized; I think that I will start to use them for our BeA Alfresco weddings soon...