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I am a huge fan of wedding fayre, shows, events. My fiancé on the other hand, is not. We went to one at Calke Abbey where different suppliers showcase their ideas. This was the first time we had looked inside The Riding School, apart from a lot of stalking on their Instagram. We walked in to the space, saw the high ceiling, spoke to someone from Honeysuckle & Castle and thought THIS IS IT. Booked it.

Then at Calke Abbey again we went to an Open Day event where the room is set up like a ‘real’ wedding. Although not to my taste, it was still beautiful and made us fall in love with the room even more. I have decided I want flowers everywhere! There were still some suppliers there but mainly the room showcased what you were paying for. For me I am quite black and white; I like to know what I am getting for my money. Of course there were extras on top like the flowers etc but what I loved were the drapes separating the three areas and the lounge area near the bar. This, I thought, would be perfect for my Nan. She could still watch the dancing and have a chat with people at the bar but could relax on a sofa.

Another wedding fayre I went to was Save the Date’s ‘Wedding Event With a Difference’ at The Roundhouse in Derby. This was amazing! A lot of the suppliers I like were there. I went with one of my bridesmaids and enjoyed walking around and meeting loads of people – and talking all things wedding! The bride even got a complimentary crepe at a Creperie! The fashion show was stunning and right up my street with style. Black Peppermint Food Company were there again which was nice to speak to them again, as they’re our caterers for the big day. It was a ruddy lovely day!

To keep in with that newly-engaged spirit, my maid of honour and other bridesmaid wanted to take me to another wedding event – The Giant Wedding Show at Osmaston Park in Derbyshire (pictured!). It was set up in a marquee so beautifully and in some stunning grounds. We walked around with a gin from the gin trolley and got some more ideas for flowers and bands in particular.

As we got engaged in the August, our wedding was almost 2 years away, so we decided to slow it down for a few months. We had got a lot of ideas from these events so wanted to sleep on it and wait until the New Year before making some bookings. I don’t think I will be going to any more wedding fayres but can definitely recommend the ones I went to!

I think as a bride-to-be it is easy to become overwhelmed with it all and for it to consume you. I am turning 30 and going away to Dubai on holiday so I wanted to enjoy that without still focusing on the wedding stuff. And part of this still doesn’t seem real… How exciting!