On Sunday the Claremont Hotel and Finishing Touches hosted the Winter Wedding Fair, and as usual, the Manx weather decided it didn’t want to join in the fun and gave us blue sky, sunshine, calm seas and barely a cloud in sight… hardly the winter we are used to!
However, downstairs in the Sanderson Suite of the Claremont Hotel, guests were treated to a winter wonderland, with wedding vendors displaying their trends for winter weddings.
On arrival, guests were greeted with a complimentary glass of Bucks Fizz and a goody bag, and the opportunity to see the newly refurbished Bridal Suite.
I had a quick peek at the rooms, and they are beautiful… contemporary, clean and luxurious, with rose petals scattered on the bed and a bottle of bubbly waiting for the happy couple!
Candy from Finishing Touches / A3 Marquees had a fabulous display of different table settings and chair covers that are available to use at any venue you choose, from hotel function room to marquee, and there were three florists all showing different trends for a winter theme.
The Flower Studio, Tynwald Mills had a frosty, vintage display with roses, orchids, butterflies and glitter.
Elaine’s Flowers, Peel had a brighter colour scheme, with teal and hot pink, perfect to warm up a winter wedding, but with glistening diamantes to give it a slightly icy feel.
And Sarah’s Florist, Ramsey had a beautiful display of white and green – a traditional winter theme that can be accented with any colour.
Other stalls included Nadine and her bespoke design service ‘Custon Made’ – an outfit can be made from scratch or you can take along something second hand for alterations – perfect for the current trend of upcycling clothes.
Graih my Chree and Parties & Occasions Stationery were there with their handmade and individual invitations and Rachel from Belles and Bows had a sparkling display of bridal accessories and a couple of beautiful models were showing off her gorgeous gowns.
Outside in the sunshine were Platinum Cars and two of their vintage motors – the 1967 Daimler and the 1946 Rover Fourteen P2.
And once again, my favourite stall of them all, and one that went down well with visitors and vendors alike, was Island Chocolate Fountains – showcasing their white chocolate version, perfect colour to fit in with a winter wedding – and it tasted pretty good too!
See below for a full list of exhibitors, plus links to their websites or directory listngs, and if you attended the Wnter Wedding Fayre, what did you think of it? Was it useful in your wedding planning? Was there anything missing? Let us know in the comments below!