May 6 2013

Belle’s Bridal Bazaar & Boot Fair, Brighton

Both traditional and vintage style wedding fairs are pretty easy to come by, but Belle’s Events are striving to tempt the wedding market with alternative and innovative ideas for your big day. My favourite event is Belle’s Bridal Boot Fair- a chance for newly-weds to sell on their wedding nick-nacks and for brides and grooms-to-be to find pre-loved and ex-display bargains as well as a ‘Make Your Own Fabulous Wedding‘ area with mini how to tutorials. Another must for treasure hunters is Belle’s Bridal Bazaar, packed full of quirky wedding suppliers, some ‘vintage’, most ‘alternative’ and all unique! Check out Belle’s Events for upcoming dates and venues.

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There are more photos and exhibitor details on our photography blog Tino&Pip Photography: Belle’s Bridal Bazaar // Belle’s Bridal Boot Fair

Jun 14 2011

Pre-Loved & Recycled Wedding Inspiration: Vinyl

There are lots of places you can find pre-loved records. I would highly recommend charity shops and bootfairs. As you’re not looking for anything rare, you’re likely to pay less than 50p per record- please don’t pay any more than £1! So anyway, here’s what you can do with them…

1: Vinyl butterflies- how beautiful! These would be fabulous dotted around your wedding venue, on the walls, on the tables- go mad! You may need to get these laser cut as they are quite intricate- google ‘laser cutting services’ in your area and get a few quotes. You could find a graphic butterfly image online and use that as a template, but do get advice from the cutters as they may have specific requirements. (Source: Blue Caravan Blog)

2: A wall of records- what a fabulous altar backdrop this would make! Apparently perfect for details shots too! (Source: Rock n’ Roll Bride)

3: What gorgeous table markers! Pop a table number/name, and even a design onto a sticker and cover the original centre label. Love the way they have used a stripy colour co-ordinated post to display it here, but there are so many possibilities… get creative! (Source: Lucky & Lovely)

4. Wouldn’t these be stunning hanging from every inch of the ceiling?! They could be sprayed in multi-colours if you are the bold, adventurous type or a single shade if you’d prefer something more subtle. (Source: Unusual Adult Party Items)

5. Upcycle an old record into a quirky wedding invitation! Love the use of an oversized label here to display all the details. Incidentally smaller 45s might be more practical in size… and cost! (Source: Lucky & Lovely)

6: More laser cutting required, but I think it would be well worth it! You could cut out a design like this or… drum roll please…. cut your names, wedding date, time and venue out of the vinyl and use the centre label to print the final details! Love it?! One of my favourite ideas- very proud! (Source: Pinterest)

7: Vinyl wedding dress… perhaps paint it white… or maybe for your bridesmaids… no… fair enough! (Source: Verity Vian on deviantART)

8: LP placemats- genius! You could print your guests’ names on the labels too! (Source: Hostess Blog)

9: A chandelier made of records and a bicycle wheel… clever recycling! (Source: Ken Kienow)

10: Melt a record** to form this gorgeous escort card holder, by moulding it around a block of wood or something similar in shape, so that you have a base and two sides, then quickly before it cools, use scissors to cut the slots for the cards (perhaps a pair of scissors that you don’t intend on using again mind)!  It may not be perfect but that’s part of the charm! (Source:  Green Bang)

11. LOVE this cake stand! Another fabulous record melting project**! You will of course need to find yourself some cake stand centre handle fittings-  Google shopping results are rather handy for this sort of thing! Of course there is always Ebay too! (Source: Once again)

12. Record sleeves are perfect for creating colourful butterflies to accompany your vinyl ones from suggestion 1! Again, find yourself a graphic butterfly image online, print it out at the size you require and use it as a template. (Source: D Sharp Journal)

13. Love this invitation- use the sleeve to display a beautiful image, such as an engagement photograph or a gorgeous graphic design or illustration. You could pop your wedding details on the centre label on the record. There seems to be loads of Google results for ‘blank record sleeve’, although you may need to check with a few local printers as to whether they are able to do them for you, unless of course you have a super-duper printer of your own! (Source: All About Wedding)

14. Dance floor?! LOVE IT! Glue them down SECURELY to the largest sheet of ply you can find and perhaps use grout, carefully, in all the gaps, so stilettos won’t get caught! (Source: Without Fins on Flickr)

15. These darling little LP style gift tags actually come with a fabulous tutorial on Dudecraft! Wouldn’t they be perfect for your attendants and parents gifts?!

16. Record cupcakes… Just to add a little sugar to your theme! ; ) (Source: Retro Bakery in Las Vegas on Flickr)

17. Guestbook! Again, you could personalise the centre label with your names and wedding date and have your guests sign the vinyl with permanent marker- to be displayed on your wall for a lifetime! (Source: Minnesota Bride)

18. Of course no record themed wedding is complete without the warm nostalgic sound of vinyl produced by a genuine Gramophone DJ!

Title image ©Jen Campbell Photography

 

**How to melt a record: Preheat your oven to around 200-250 degrees Fahrenheit (100-120 Celsius), Place your record your mould, e.g. an upside down bowl or block of wood covered in greaseproof paper. Put it onto a baking sheet and into the oven. Keep a close eye on your creation as some records start to “flop” quicker than others, although it usually takes around 4-8 minutes. Take the whole thing out of the oven (wearing oven mitts, of course) once you notice some real “flopping” going on and tweak the shape by hand if necessary. Leave to cool for 10-15 minutes. Stand back and admire with pride. Please be aware of the toxic fumes that may be emitted by melting vinyl. DO NOT reuse your moulds for serving/cooking food, and perhaps leave you oven open to air for a while as well as a window for ventilation.

 

Do hope you’ve gathered plenty of inspiration and know how… please send in your photographs if you decide to have a go! Equally if you have any further ideas, I’d love to hear them! xXx

Dec 15 2010

Gramophone DJ

Having recently purchased a gorgeous 60′s record player, I am developing an ever increasing love for the warm nostalgic sound of vinyl! I have since spent many hours trawling through hundreds of dusty old records at boot fairs and charity shops, building my beloved collection! It got me to thinking how amazing it would be to incorporate the romance of vinyl into a wedding, so I Googled it! Not much luck… there would appear to be very few gramophone DJs on the net, so let’s eke them out of the woodwork as I am a true believer that this is the next big wedding trend!

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The top spot on Google for ‘wedding gramophone dj’ was occupied by the fabulous Love My Dress wedding blog for their feature on ‘It’s a Wind Up!’- gramophone enthusiasts Matt and Annabel from Manchester, who specialise in playing original 78rpm shellac discs on 1930’s picnic style gramophones with pop up lids which they wind up to play!

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I also came across the Shellac Sisters from London, who describe themselves as ‘four glamorous retrochics who dress in all things vintage and play 78rpm records on 1920s wind-up gramophones.’ How fabulous do they sound! Their gramophones don’t need any electricity (just lots of wind-up action!) enabling them to play in parks and gardens or just about anywhere you like! They’ve even had unique electrical attachments custom designed for large events, so that they can plug their grams into an amp and turn up the volume! They have a vast collection of 78s covering all styles of music from the twenties through to the fifties… Big band swing, classics like Tea for Two and The Lambeth Walk, novelties by Noel Coward and cheeky music hall acts, 1920s flapper favourites, Hollywood movie classics, jumping jive, 1950s rock’n'roll, latin exotics, tea dancing foxtrots, quicksteps, blackbottoms and cockney knees ups!

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Another prominent gramophone DJ, DJ78, from Norwich, has appeared on BBC2’s ‘Working Lunch’ programme and on BBC Radio 1, performed at London Fashion Week and Paris Fashion Week and even presents a regular radio show, ‘The Shellac Shake,’ on Future Radio in the Norwich area. He also claims to have performed at “more weddings than you can shake a stick at!” Some resume! GJ78 plays an eclectic selection of popular music from the dance bands of the 20’s to the rock’n’roll pioneers of the 50’s and looks rather dapper in his dinner suit and dickie bow!