“The Wedding Fair”

By Caroline Stocking – Wellies and Weddings

This is the blog you’ve all been waiting for, the blog you didn’t know you needed to see and the blog telling you all about an AMAZING wedding EXTRAVAGANZA on 1st of September 2019! Buckle up!

Wedding Fairs;

Love them or hate them……Give it a go!

Top Tips for Married Couples to be…

Love them, or hate them, Wedding Fairs are a long running institution in the wedding planning world.

From classic hotel fairs, full of organza chair sashes, traditional wedding cars and pretty centre pieces, to alternative, unique fairs offering glitter tattoo’s and black wedding cakes.  The wedding industry is evolving, and fairs are having to keep up.

I am well aware that even the words ‘Wedding Fair’ send a pang of dread through some people, but I urge all married couples to be, to experience the bubble just once. 

It can open your eyes to everything you do, or in fact do not want!

So many couples have a vision of what they think they would like at their wedding.  And honestly a lot of the time, that vision is in fact what they think ‘everyone’ else will want!

When it comes to planning ‘your’ wedding…. Plan it for you!  Not your guests!

This is your day, and it should incorporate everything you’ve ever dreamt of, or imagined.

So, when it comes to visiting wedding fairs..think the same way!

Only go to the one’s that suit you, and cater for your style.

Here are my top tips to you, to ensure you get the best out of your wedding fair experience.

  • Only go to the fairs that suit your style.  There is no point dragging yourself and others around a hotel with frills and white linen, when what you really want is a tipi and hay bales!
  • Have a Budget in mind.  Suppliers will appreciate it far more if you are honest with them from the start.  Having a budget also means suppliers will not offer you a product or service you can’t afford.  Instead they will work with you and offer you the best possible product for your budget.
  • Make a List.  Go with an idea of what you are looking for.  But be prepared to change your mind!  Just because you have written it down, it doesn’t mean you have to stick to it.
  • Start early.  If you really don’t know where to even start with your planning, then get going early.  Take the stress out of the planning, and give yourself time. Explore a few different fairs.  Investigate what is available, and what you like. 
  • Travel.  Don’t be scared to travel further afield.  Some of the most incredible fairs can be miles away from your home, but go for it!  Make a weekend of it!  Take your bride tribe, or husband/wife to be, and have a few days away.  Make an occasion out of it.  Wedding planning is an exciting time, so enjoy it!
  • Go Big!  Don’t be put off by the big national exhibition shows.  They showcase a vast range of suppliers…You never know what you might come across.
  • Relax.  Grab yourself a glass of bubbles, take your time, and have fun.  It shouldn’t be a chore planning your big day, so just embrace it.
  • Ask Questions.  Be Brave!  You don’t know unless you ask!
  • Be polite.  Suppliers are giving up their valuable time to showcase to you, so even if you are not interested in their service, be thankful for their time and information.
  • Be open minded!  You’ll be amazed at what’s out there!
  • Have Fun!!  You’re planning the best day of your life….enjoy it!!

As a Wedding Photographer, I am often asked if I would like to attend fairs.  And I have to admit, 9 times out of 10, I find myself saying NO.  The reason?…. Well, I can never find one that captures me, and my style.  I love the alternative, I love the unique, and I find myself underwhelmed by what’s available.

That’s not to say there isn’t any…because there is, and the ones out there are amazing!  But you have to search for them.

After saying No far too many times, it occurred to me, that maybe I wasn’t alone.  Maybe there was a whole bunch of suppliers in the south east who felt the same.

So, there was only one thing for it….Create my own!!

And that’s when Wellies & Weddings was born!

I wanted to create a platform where couples could come and source their perfect suppliers, and where like mind suppliers could come to network.

Wellies & Weddings is a planning and hiring service for all you lovers of the alternative, and we love nothing more than showcasing unique and independent businesses to the world.

So, with this in mind we have created the first ever Wellies & Weddings Extravaganza!  A festival themed Wedding fair with a whole host of alternative, unique and independent suppliers.

The Wellies & Weddings Wedding Extravaganza

No offence to traditional wedding fairs, but this certainly won’t be traditional! We’re aiming big, we’re aiming beautiful and we’re aiming at all those things the discerning alternative bride can’t always find at a traditional fair!

This is a rural event, set in a beautiful 8 acre field location. Come and enjoy a relaxed atmosphere with Food & Drink stalls, Live Music, Wedding Suppliers and a Fashion Show.Tickets are £4 and can be bought here!

This is a cash only event and tickets can also be bought on the gate.
Come by and say Hi.  We would love to see you!

(Sensible footwear advised!)

Pearl…..! Birthday Girl!

Our lovely girl Pearl turned 50 years old last week and weddings couldn’t be a better way to celebrate this milestone with people who love VW’s as much as we do! Ian has kindly contributed some little snippets of information to help you get to know Pearl even better!

Pearl in Pink!

Most people who own VW buses do so because they love them, and when you love them you generally get to know their little idiosyncrasies and their personality too! For instance Pearl is called Pearl after the colour of the van ‘Pearl White’ and the original VW paint code is L87. She loves to settle in at 45 mph and will cruise all day at that speed.

Ian and his wife Claire cruised in Pearl to Belgium in 2018 and attended the largest European VW car show at a place called Spa at the well known Francorchamps F1 race track and drove round the race track on Saturday afternoon but only at a little over 8mph!!!!

We sometimes think the old girl may be missing the sunny dry days of California where she spent 45 years of her life but as she celebrates her 50th birthday this month she certainly puts a smile on our faces and judging by the waves and smiles we get from others when we are out and about she brings joy to them too!!

At every wedding we do there is always genuine interest and lots of photos taken alongside her and at least one person who will say “I had one just like that”, which if we’re honest is one of the best things ever!

It’s so amazing that out little aircooled dubs can bring so much happiness into the world and it definitely makes all the hard work worth it!

The happy couple!

Pearl covers Hampshire, Wiltshire and Dorset – if you’re looking for an adorable wedding car, Pearl may be able to help. Please do get in touch for a quote <3

x Kate + Ian x

What Kate and Kelly did next!

This week I wanted to introduce Kelly, an awesome supplier we work with regularly and additionally some of the photos from a wedding we did together recently!

Kelly from The White Van Wedding Company is based in Welling, Kent and has a stunning pearl white 1965 camper van which she has owned for 20 years. We have many things in common including our love for old VW’s amongst other things – so in many ways she is very much my “twinnie”! Some have even said we could be sisters!

Truthfully, Kelly has been and continues to be hugely supportive of Bus and Bug, always giving helpful advice and of course getting me hooked on making flower garlands!

Honestly, I don’t believe I would have the business I have today without Kelly’s input (as well as a few others which I will do a separate blog post about!) so this shout out is well and truly deserved!

Anyway, I won’t ramble on! Here’s a few pictures of a wedding we did last month at Moutains Country House in Kent.

If you’d like to book two splitscreen camper vans – get in touch. Kelly and I love to work together and our vans make the perfect addition to any wedding!

Click on the link below to check our availability!

CONTACT

The South of England Wedding Fayre

The South of England Wedding Fayre, The Showground, Ardingly, West Sussex RH17 6TH

Hi everyone

Next up, you can find us at the South of England Wedding Fair, organised by AGLG Events. This is one of the biggest and most popular wedding fayres in the South East and is hosting over 80 fantastic suppliers to help you visualise and plan your special day.

Weather depending, Bus and Bug Vintage Weddings will be exhibiting Rupert, our camper van photobooth and a beautiful vintage wedding car. Come along and see us and experience our cute camper van photobooth with a print to take away on the day!

Camper Van Wedding cars
Peggy and Rupert the Camper Van Photobooth

Entry is free and with ample free parking at the event there’s no excuse to miss this prestigious event! Get your goody bags on arrival and take advantage of lots of samples and discounts available on the day!

We will be offering 10% off to anyone who books at The South of England Wedding Fayre.

Get your tickets HERE!

Hope to see you all there!

Kate x

Wedding Fayre at Soper Hall

Hey all

Just a little reminder that our next wedding fayre is being held at Soper Hall in Caterham, Surrey on Sunday 14th April between 11am and 4pm.

Entry is free and there is complimentary bubbly on arrival!

We will be there with Rupert our Camper Van Photobooth (weather permitting!) so come along and get an instant snap before you head in to meet the other wonderful suppliers!

See you there!

x Kate x


Wedding Cars, Wedding Fairs and Windy weather!

Well it’s been a minute since I last wrote anything on the blog so here’s a a little update on all things Bus and Bug!

Wedding fair season is now in full swing and Weddings have commenced! We did our first wedding in Peggy on behalf of our lovely friend Steve at Vintage Camper Weddings before we became her proud owners. The wedding took place at Edes House in Chichester followed by a reception at https://www.billysonthebeach.co.uk/ at Bracklesham Bay. Edes House is a fantastic venue with some fantastic gardens for photos. The weather was less than ideal however, gale force winds and heavy rain made for extremely difficult driving conditions. I’m eternally grateful for my blanket as it was bloomin’ freezing!!!

Last weekend saw us attend the wedding fair at The Manor Barn in Bexhill. The adorable little venue is nestled amongst pretty gardens in Bexhill Old Town which is simply quaint! If you’re looking for a smallish venue in East Sussex with great accessibility and a lovely rustic feel then this venue could be just what you’re looking for!

Today we found ourselves at Brighton College for The Wonderous Wedding Fair. Such a cool eclectic mix of suppliers and amazing to see so many creative minds in one place. We loved it!

So what’s next?

We’re off to the Volksworld Show at Sandown Park in Surrey for a well deserved weekend away. Lets hope the wind dies down as it’s pretty ghastly out there as we speak!!!

Adios!

Kate x

2019 wedding fairs

2019 Wedding Fairs

So with 2019 fully underway, it’s wedding fair time! We are delighted to announce that we have been invited to a handful of events this year to show off our cars and photobooths!

Wedding cars outside The White Swan, Arundel in November 2018 for their twice annual wedding fair. The next wedding fair is 2019.
Wedding Fair at The White Swan, Arundel 2018

March 2019

First up is one of our favourites; The White Swan at Arundel. We have been exhibiting our cars here since 2017 and delighted to be back again on Sunday 3rd March 2019. Rupert and our photobooth will be there for you all to have a look at.

https://www.white-swan-arundel.co.uk/event/wedding-fair/

Next up is a new fair for us at Manor Barn in Bexhill, East Sussex on Sunday 10th March 2019. Come along to meet Peggy and Rupert to see how they can be part of your special day. We are hoping for good weather so our campervan photobooth can be set up and working for you and yours to take away a memento of the day!

https://www.facebook.com/events/manorbarn/wedding-fair/2217799388455266/

Another new one to us is The Wonderous Wedding Fair, which is being held in Brighton on Saturday 16th March.

The vibe of the show is stylish, fun and interactive, with exhibitors showcasing what’s hot in the wedding industry right now. Come to meet specialists who supply vintage, alternative, festival and unique services.

It’s set to be a day full of unique and quirky inspiration with over 40 unique suppliers showcasing their products and services. There will be a fashion show in the afternoon and there’s an artisan tearoom to enjoy ‘a proper brew’ whilst taking in live entertainment.

Bring your bride tribe or your partner to meet some of the best creative wedding suppliers in the south. Forget those dull, cooperate events, this is not your average wedding fair. Drop in for a workshop created by our wedding specialists. Come along to book suppliers or for a spot of wedding inspiration.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-wonderous-wedding-fair-brighton-tickets-53432292425

April 2019

Our first event in Surrey – The Wedding Fair at Soper Hall in Caterham. Come along and see Peggy our 1959 splitscreen campervan wedding car on Sunday 14th April along with a whole host of handpicked suppliers to help you plan your special day!

June 2019

Hosted by the brilliant Empirical Events, our only summer fair will be held at the stunning new venue at Southlands Barn, West Chiltington. Come along to see our cars and photobooth on Sunday 6th June 2019.

https://www.crownsbrighton.co.uk/southlands-barn—wedding-venue

September 2019

TO BE CONFIRMED – But keep your eyes locked on Wellies and Weddings for info!

http://www.welliesandweddings.com

October 2019

Last but by no means least! Peggy, Rupert and Tickle will all be on show at The Autumn Wedding Fayre at Barnham Community Hall on Sunday October 6th 2019. We are delighted to be invited along to this unique and well attended fayre and look forward to seeing some of you there!

https://www.barnhamcommunityhall.org/

Let us know if you’d like to attend any of the events because we would love to meet you!

x Kate x

Back with a bang! In 2019!

Well hello there everyone

A bit late in the day, but I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and New Year. I for one, like probably every other person in Britain is wondering where the hell January just went?? I’m pretty sure I blinked once, went to work and you know before you know it, we’re almost into February!

Now I’m sure you’re all DYING to know what’s happening in the world of Bus and Bug… so here goes!

Pearl taking centre stage at this winter weddin

January saw us take the lovely “Pearl” a 1969 bay window camper van under our wing. She will be available for wedding hire in Hampshire, Wiltshire and Dorset. You can find more information on Pearl by clicking on the button below.

After becoming a family of three quite unexpectedly this month, it was HUGE surprise to us to end up becoming a family of FOUR! Last summer, Tickle and I did a joint wedding with Peggy, a beautifully restored 1959 11 window splitscreen camper van and I have to be honest, I pretty much said there and then how much I loved her and if her owner ever wanted to sell, well to let me know! Fast forward 4 months and a message out of the blue, Peggy is the latest addition to our Bus and Bug Family. It hasn’t quite sunk in yet, but I’m a huge believer in fate and truly believe it was meant to be, so here we are! Peggy already has a dozen weddings in the diary for this year but still plenty of space available (March onwards) so do get in touch if you’d like her as your wedding car!

Peggy – 1959 Splitscreen Camper Va

We have a couple of wedding shows coming up, which I’ll keep you all up to date with, but for now, that’s about it!

x Kate x

It’s officially December which can only mean one thing….!

It’s Christmas time!!!!

This is literally my favourite time of year, putting the tree up, watching christmas movies and snuggling up on the sofa with a glass of red. What could be better!?

The weekend saw us do our last wedding of 2018 and despite the miserable weather it was just lovely. Our camper van Rupert transported the beautiful bride and her family from Burgess Hill to to the stunning South Lodge, just a stone’s throw away from our base in Cowfold. South Lodge is a tryly stunning venue, with beautiful grounds ideal for a summer or winter wedding. The front of the hotel looked radiant with the warm light pouring through the windows and a sparkling garland adorning the wooden double doors, the ideal backdrop for magical wedding photos.

Who else is getting married at South Lodge?

We have one last event this weekend before Tickle and Rupert go into hibernation for winter. Both have a little maintenance planned to ensure they are both looking and running their best before next wedding season.

That’s about it for our little roundup, catch you all again soon!

 

x Kate x

 

 

Black Friday Flash Sale!!!

Hey everyone!

If you haven’t booked your wedding car for 2019 or 2020 you really need to! Spaces are filling up fast and as we only take on one wedding per day, once it’s gone it’s gone!

We’re offering a huge 15% off all wedding car and photobooth bookings until midnight on 26/11/2018 and to secure your date, all we need is a small deposit. It’s so easy to book, just click on the link below to contact us!

Talk to us!

Happy cyber weekend everyone!

x Kate x