Alternative wedding fair to take over the Harris

Posted on - 27th January, 2018 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - City Centre, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Things to Do in and around Preston, What's On in Preston
The Harris is to be the venue for the first of its kind wedding fair in Preston Pic: Tony Worrall
The Harris is to be the venue for the first of its kind wedding fair in Preston Pic: Tony Worrall

For anyone planning a wedding there’s a different source of inspiration coming to the Harris Museum and Art Gallery.


One of the organisers behind last year’s Etsy Made Local Christmas Market, Kirsty O’Brien, from Blenheim Candles, has told Blog Preston that they plan to hold the Fair on Saturday April 7.

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Kirsty said that the success of the Etsy Made Local Market in December has showed them just how much the people of Preston and surrounding areas, appreciated local quality, creativity and craftsmanship.

In response to the success, Kirsty, and other Etsy organisers, are planning to bring something different for couples and wedding parties across the region by presenting a quirky take on the usual bog-standard wedding fair.

Showcasing creative, inspirational and original ideas, The Alternative Wedding Fair will help couples on their big day to show off their individual personalities in a unique way.


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Think converse trainers instead of wedding shoes; edgy suits; colourful cravats; whimsical dresses; kitsch earrings and jewellery; post-modern wedding cakes; quirky flower arrangements; off-the-wall photography; and handcrafted favours.

And they are now looking for sellers and makers who can offer brides and grooms something unusual, and something that reflects individual styles and tastes rather than just the traditional cakes and gowns.

Kirsty said: “We are looking for local makers who have something different and quirky, something that will reflect the personalities of couples looking to get hitched.”

If you think your designs and creative talent could be just what the Alternative Wedding Fair needs then you’re in luck, as the application process is now open for budding stallholders.etsy

Applications are welcome from all makers, creatives, and service providers; and they don’t need to be from Lancashire or have been involved with Etsy before.

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The deadline for submitting stallholder applications is Wednesday 14th February and successful candidates will be notified by Saturday 17th February, giving plenty of time to prepare for the big day.

The Alternative Wedding Fair will be held from 11am to 4.30pm at the Harris Museum, Preston.a

Further information about how to apply and what the requirements are for submission can be found on The Alternative Wedding Fair Facebook page.

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