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As someone who has always had an interest in decades past and a love of all things vintage (especially from the 60s), it is a massive pleasure to see the influence of a by-gone era just continuing to grow in fashion, music and, of course, weddings at  the moment. Maybe it’s nostalgia in these times of recession or maybe it’s just that people are beginning to realise that, in a time when fashion moves on in the blink of an eye, the themes and tones of particular decades really showed a considerable flair for producing simply breath-taking designs. Either way, for me, long may it remain – long live vintage and all who sail in her!

To celebrate and share the fanastic influence of vintage designs on modern weddings, we are seeing more and more vintage inspired fairs popping up all over the UK; from London to Bath, Norwich to Chester. Up and down the country, stylish people are keen to bring style to the “normal” cookie-cutter wedding fair; to add glamour to brides to be’s special days and bring them together with fabulously vintage suppliers and producers.

One such recent fair was a first in the county of Dorset, from a very talented planner, Anna Coombes who, like me, was underwhelmed by the “everyday” wedding show and their offerings and desperately wanted to give brides something else. So, she did just that! And wow, what a beaut it was! Anna was kind enough to share some of the beautiful photos from the fair as well as her inspiration behind such an event:

The inspiration for organising Dorset’s first vintage wedding fair was initially borne out of frustration. After attending (and exhibiting) at countless wedding fairs, we realised that the needs of vintage loving brides and grooms were not being fulfilled.

The beautiful Chettle House was a backdrop to the event

What was required was a vintage showcase, a ‘one stop shop’ bringing the best vintage wedding suppliers together in one place; a chance to show couples that everything they needed to create their perfect wedding was right here on their doorstep in Dorset (or maybe just across the border in Hampshire, Wiltshire or Somerset!) The aim was to bring together a variety of quality exhibitors, artisans in their field, whose services would provide an ultimate package for retro brides on their big day.

Vintage china, tea and cakes – a must have!

After months of research and planning, the first fair proved to be a huge success and a second, Spring fair, is already in the pipeline.


We think the Dorset Vintage Wedding Fair was absolutely beautiful and look forward to hearing more from this amazing event planner in the future! Thanks for sharing, Anna. RB x