As you might have spotted, I was lucky enough to attend the Fabulous Wedding Festival at Muddifords Court this weekend. I was live blogging on the day, but here’s my bumper review post, with heaps of snaps for you to oggle!
Described as ‘not just another wedding fair’, FabWedFest had a lot to live up to. I’m a bride to be, and a wedding blogger, so needless to say, I was super excited to be in attendance. But having visited a huge amount of wedding fairs in the past, along with organising some myself, I was hoping and praying that FabWedFest would be the unique and exciting event I had built it up to be in my mind.
And boy, I wasn’t disappointed.
The Venue and Location
Muddifords Court offered the perfect location for FabWedFest in my opinion. The house is situated just a short drive from Junction 27 of the M5, so it’s easily accessible and yet feels a million miles away from the rest of the world. We decided to camp (oddly enough, we were the only ones!), and it was so peaceful overnight, with just the wildlife to keep us company.
The house itself is beautiful and the grounds are simply stunning. All areas are well maintained; it’s clear that Muddifords is loved dearly. The proprietors were delightful (a big “Thanks!” is in order for the bottle of wine that appeared on our table at the banquet!) and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Muddifords as a wedding venue.
The Cider Barn can seat up to 100 guests for your ceremony, which is a great size. It has been tastefully decorated, with lovely decor and chairs – and no hideous venue carpet in sight!
I could barely contain my excitement when we arrived on site, only to be given directions to the Blogging Hut! This adorable boathouse overlooking the lake was Blog HQ for the day, so if you were keeping up to date with tweets, blogs and posts, it may well have come from here! I was live blogging along with Celia, who looks after Bride Electric.
The interior had a cute and quirky nautical vibe, and offered a nice escape from the temperamental weather conditions outside!
Something that I really appreciated about the event was the standard of marketing and promotion that had gone into making it a real success. All too often, wedding fairs and events can be bodged together at the last minute, and have a distinctly amateurish feel to them. FabWedFest had a professionally produced event programme, and I was a bit giddy when I spotted ‘Dotty Vintage Blog’ on the exhibitors list!
As we were camping, I had fully prepared myself for embracing the outdoor life! So, you can imagine my delight when we visited the portaloos, only to be confronted with this! Premier Luxury Loos operate in the South of England so if you’re planning an outdoor wedding in the region, you can hire luxury loos and ‘glamp’ to your heart’s content!
Some of my favourite wedding suppliers were in attendance on the day, including the wonderful Holly Young Hats. Holly is a bespoke milliner, who operates from her base in the lovely Princes House in Truro. Holly’s creations graced the catwalk, and her stall was as beautiful as always.
Angels Carrying Savage Weapons were a new supplier on my wedding radar. I picked out some of my most favourite accessories from their stand, including some gorgeous hand embroidered bridal underwear, and a blue lace garter. Their dresses also featured in the catwalk, which you can see later in the post.
The fabulous Crown and Glory also exhibited their amazing range of hair accessories which includes fascinators, turbans, crowns, bandeaus, headbands and bobby pins.
One of the supplier collaborations that really stood out for me was Lizzi and Laura Hingston Flowers. Laura only uses locally sourced blooms, growing many of them herself, and specialises in bespoke floral designs. Her arrangements are complimented by Lizzi, who provides vintage beadwork and textiles, such as the True Love applique above. They work perfectly together, with Laura developing a floral arrangement to suit your specific requirements, and Lizzi adding an extra bespoke dimension to the final product.
Inspire Hire, which is run the lovely Elle, offered a DIY Pom Pom workshop at FabWedFest, along with providing some chic dressed tables to inspire you. Perfect for the thrifty bride, Elle explained how the pom poms can be made for next to nothing, but can create maximum aesthetic impact at your chosen venue.
The Cocktail Caravan, affectionately known as Norman, was a welcome addition to FabWedFest. We sampled the Devon Winter Warmer, which comprised of Hot Cider and Amaretto, the PERFECT feel good beverage to warm your cockles! The caravan comes with some adorable outdoor furniture and is such a cute camper – polka dots are always a winner in my book!
The lovely chaps at Oscars Bar were also kind enough to be handing out free shots, which helped us to face the glorious British weather. This, combined with a few Devon Winter Warmers did mean that for a short time, I was blogging under the influence, at approximately 2pm!
The Catwalk took place at 12pm, 3pm and 5pm in the Big Top Mania Tent. The show was a fabulous representation of some truly unique and bespoke wedding designers, including Anna de Souza, Holly Young Hats, Crown and Glory, Angels Carrying Savage Weapons, Jo Amor Clothing, and ilovegorgeous.
I love the styling of these playful dresses by Jo Amor of Tiverton. And I’m now seriously considering Trilby hats for my bridesmaids!
Here’s a video of the catwalk from FabWedFest –
Once the sun went down, Muddifords Court became even more magical. I adored the fairy lights and lanterns that appeared, and the Shippern Barn was perfect for the evening Banquet.
We decided upon a table that had been prepared by Inspire Hire that had a real 1950’s vibe. Food was served by Scoff Catering including a delightful brie tartlet, stuffed chicken breast, and a trio of desserts.
I adored the festival from start to finish, and I’m excited to be hearing rumours of another on the horizon.
The event was a perfect place to find bridal inspiration if you want to plan a wedding with a difference. The organisation of the festival was second to none, and despite the torrential rain, there was a feel good atmosphere throughout the day.
Keep an eye on the FabWedFest website for more updates in the future. I hope you enjoyed the post, and if you didn’t make the event, this should give you a blogger’s eye view of what happened!