The Luxury Wedding Fair at the London Olympia - Part 2
THE LUXURY WEDDING FAIR : PART TWO
If you caught our blog post last week you will see that we wrote a little bit about The Luxury Wedding Fair in London back in September and how we were invited to style a show stopping styled staircase entrance to the event at the Olympia Exhibition Centre. If you didn’t get chance to read it, find part one here
Today I'm here to tell you a little bit more about our stand and share some more behind the scenes photographs of the whole event.
When putting together a stand for an exhibition or show you really want to try and showcase what you do best, and because you are almost always limited on space it can sometimes be difficult to translate the level of services and exactly what it is that your brand offers. As it happens, we were given a moderately large exhibition stand in the VIP area so had quite a bit of space to play around with.
From the offset, we knew that we wanted to create an area that was both true to our Rustic heritage branding and which offered potential clients the opportunity to see what our styling would really look like at their own wedding. We decided it was best to keep it relatively simple and have just one feature table on the stand against a open brick backdrop rather than setting up as many props as possible all around the stand which wouldn’t really show off our talents.
We were very lucky that our lovely friends Jodie & Cathy allowed us borrow their gorgoeus rustic furniture for the event.
The fab hand crafted wooden tables are available to hire from Cathy at Boelle Events and the totally on trend cross backed chairs are from Jodie at Sami Tipi. (both are located in Derbyshire should you wish to drop them an email.)
In our original plans we wanted to hang some interesting floral installations above the feature table with hanging candles in glass baubles along with some trailing ivy and twinkly fairy lights – however we were told that we were unfortunately not allowed to hang anything due to the fact that our particular space wouldn’t have a suspended ceiling.
Take a look at the rest of our stand below...
The beauty of attending these types of shows, is that you are given a complete blank canvas to work with. Our stand started off as a plain white box with a posh white carpet on day one and by the start of day two it was completely transformed into a fabulously rustic and interesting space ready for visitors.
The hours and hours of preparation that go into creating a stand at these big national shows is incredible and there really were some fabulously detailed stands all around the Olympia. (I really wish I had chance to take more photographs!) That is why it is so sad to see them being taken down at the end of the event and everybodies hard work being packed away into boxes or being thrown into the bin.
Literally only one hour after the show closed on the Sunday afternoon, each and every stand had been taken down and all of the exhibitors were leaving the exhibition centre.
In actual fact, by the time we were ready to leave (after taking down our brick wallpaper - the last and most tedious job) the entire Olympia stadium was in the process of being dismantled and was almost back to normal. I honestly couldn’t believe how quickly all of the huge installations came down!
I think I literally blinked and the massive catwalk stage was gone! Then again, there were builders working hard absolutely everywhere we looked so I’m not surprised!
I took my biggest fan with me to the show - my Mum and she absloutely loved being a part of the team for the weekend and I thoroughly enjoyed sharing the experience with her!
Here’s a sneaky pic of her in action wearing her official team badge!
Thanks Mum for all of your hard work - I really couldn’t have done it without you. (And thank you for all of the giggles along the way also!)
I can only apologise for the terrible non professional images in this blog post, the only camera I had with me was my iPhone (must remember to take the DSLR next time or grab one of the photographers at the event to take some pics!)
Have you ever attended one of these fairs? What did you think to it?
Thanks for reading guys.
Lesley & The Rustic Wedding Co. Team xx