It really has been ages. I mean what do we talk about?
Weddings, that’s what!
It’s so encouraging that weddings are slowly starting to return to our lives, albeit in a much smaller, intimate form. Don’t get me wrong, I am absolutely devastated that 2020 has pretty much been written off and that lots of couples and suppliers are still facing the seemingly never-ending uncertainty about when weddings will be back to some kind of normal, but we are moving in the right direction and that can only be a good thing.
Now, without this getting too political, (believe me, I can rant for hours on this absolute s***show of a government) I wanted to tell you about #whataboutweddings.
Annabel Beeforth, founder of Love My Dress, has been working tirelessly behind the scenes with lots of high profile wedding bods, fighting for the wedding industry to reopen, or in fact, just some clarity about when we *might* be able to open in line with other industries that are already open for business. (Doesn’t seem quite fair that you can go to the pub surrounded by a whole premises full of people you don’t know from Adam, yet you still can’t have a wedding reception with your closest friends and family in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland…. but that’s for another time!)
I won’t be able to do it justice so please click on the link below, have a read and rally the troops! It’s time to make a stand. Write to your MP, write to local businesses, hell, write to your cats and dogs, just do it!!
Weddings are a multi-billion pound industry and this sad state of affairs is taking it’s toll. It’s estimated that £3billion has been lost this season already with up to 500,000 jobs at risk. This is big news for all of us, so lets do what we can to support the comeback.
Check out the hashtag #whataboutweddings on Instagram and get behind the movement. After all, we want weddings back, with a bang (eventually!)
In other news, we are working on a few new projects in the background, which we are excited to reveal soon along with a couple of “last minute” weddings booked in July and August, so plenty to keep us busy until the autumn where we look forward to meeting many more brides and grooms!
Well, to put it bluntly, what an absolute s***storm this is proving to be!!!
Covid-19 has been, very much, the elephant in the room for small businesses such as ours while we plan for uncertain times ahead. Brides and grooms, we totally get you and empathise with your feelings of worry in these troubling times. But please don’t panic!
To our March, April and May brides, WE SEE YOU and will do as much as we can to help at this difficult time and we will do our very best to accommodate you all.
Here’s our current position:
Bus and Bug Vintage Weddings will be continuing with business as usual and we have no plans to cancel any weddings or events unless advised otherwise by government or local authorities, so please rest assured that being at your wedding is still our absolute priority.
With regard to payments and cancellations, our standard
terms and conditions remain in place however we understand that this is causing
a conundrum for many of our couples and urge you to make the decision that is right
for you and your family/ guests; whether this means going ahead as planned, or
postponing, we will always do our best to accommodate your needs. If you are
considering postponing, please do get in touch as soon possible to discuss your
new date. Of course, if you just want to chat about any concerns or special
measures, please do call or email at any time, we are here to help above all.
Our vehicles already have a basket on board containing tissues, antibacterial hand sanitizer (while stocks last of course) and wipes for your use and as a precaution, all our drivers will be instructed to wear gloves and the vehicles will be thoroughly cleaned and handles disinfected before and after use to help the spread of the virus.
We have currently removed all photobooth props such as masks and glasses that are worn on or near the face to help minimise the risk of transmission, however hats, wigs and prop boards will still be available for use. We already clean and sanitize our vehicles and all of our props before and after each event and will be using antibacterial wipes on seats, handles and any other areas that could transmit the virus regularly throughout each event as an additional measure. Tissues, wipes (and hand sanitizer where available) will be made available for all guests to use throughout the duration of your event. Staff will continue to wash their hands regularly and avoid close contact with guests.
The health and wellbeing of our passengers, guests and staff is our absolute priority and as such, we politely request that anyone feeling unwell, or exhibiting any symptoms of cold, flu or Covid 19, please refrain from entering or travelling in our vehicles on the day. Likewise, should any of our staff become unwell, appropriate cover will be sought.
From a small business perspective, this is going to have a huge effect on us and those effects will not be known for some time. We would like to thank you for your continued support and urge you to continue supporting your small local businesses at this awful time. Hopefully the situation will settle soon and we will all have a clearer picture of what the future holds.
To all our 2021 and 2022 brides, we haven’t forgotten about you! <3
While wedding season is a little quieter at this time of year, wedding fayres are busier than ever for most of us!
We recently attended the Winter Wedding Experience at Findon Manor on Sunday and despite the chilly weather, the lovely visitors, exhibitors and canapes made it a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon!
Here’s our upcoming Wedding Fayres, dates and locations for 2020:
Barnham Wedding Fayre – 23rd February White Swan Wedding Open Day – 1st March Bury Manor Barn – 15th March Henfield Spring Vintage Fair – 29th March Southlands Barn – 10th May Blacknest Golf Club – 10th May Old Basing House – 31st May Findon Manor Wedding Experience – 30th August Southlands Barn – 16th September
Please do get in touch if you’d like to view a specific vehicle or photobooth at any of the above events/ fayres and we would love to make it happen!
Now we know that wedding fayres aren’t for everyone and we are the first ones to admit they can be a little contrived! Don’t let that put you off. The main thing is to enjoy yourself and chat to people. Absolutely don’t feel pressured into buying on the day or feeling like you have to make a decision there and then! (We would never make you do that!) So, make notes, take pictures and contact details for those you really love and use it as valuable experience that’s part of the fun of planning your wedding!
Can anyone believe we are almost at the end of 2019? Like seriously?? Where has the time gone? We still have a couple of weddings to go which we are super looking forward to but with over 90 bookings completed this year we can’t help but take a step back and say WOW! What a year it’s been!
2019 saw Peggy and Betsie join our little fleet of super cool vehicles, we met tonnes of AMAZING couples, some FREAKING AWESOME wedding suppliers and of course, we made some unforgettable memories doing what we love all year long!
All that’s left to say is, THANK YOU! To everyone who’s booked us, to everyone who supports us and encourages our amazing little business to grow.
We’re in the process of updating our website with some amazing professional photos from this year and last – why not have a look?
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!
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
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
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
Only go to the one’s that suit you, and cater for your
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Be Brave! You don’t know unless
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
Be open minded!
You’ll be amazed at what’s out there!
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
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.
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!
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!
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!!!!
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
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!
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
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!
The South of England Wedding Fayre, The Showground, Ardingly, West Sussex RH17 6TH
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!
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.
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!!!