Friday, 27 January 2017


We hope by now you're as excited as we are about this Sunday's Bristol Vintage Wedding Fair!  We have nearly 40 stunning exhibitors waiting to meet you and there really is something for everyone!  If you haven't had a chance, browse through the blog to see all our exhibitors.

We're really excited to announce that we have a gorgeous giveaway for the first 30 brides through the door - a wonderful WEDDING JOURNAL from the very talented Rachel Goodchild.  It's absolutely perfect for helping you plan and keep tabs on everything for your big day - and afterwards makes a wonderful keepsake for you to look back on.

Below is a little bit of information to help you on the day:

Opening Times
The fair opens to the public at 10.30 am and doors close at 4.00 pm.

Parking and Getting to the Fair
The West Car Park (opposite the entrance to Clifton Pavilion) will have limited parking for visitors at a cost of £3.  However, there is lots of on-street parking in the surrounding streets and on the Downs (a short walk away) and parking is free on Sundays.

The address is:

Clifton Pavilion
Bristol Zoo Gardens

Please note, there is a sign to say that Bridge Valley Road will be closed on Sunday from 0800-1600.

As usual, we're really thrilled to be having live entertainment throughout the day and very grateful to our musical exhibitors for making the day such fun.  This year we're really pleased to have the fabulous Marionettes back with us, as well as Gramophone Grooves, but we'll also be welcoming Amanda Whiting on her harp and Bill Driscoll, singer guitarist. The timings for 2017 are:

Musical Timings for 2017

Upstairs                                                                     Downstairs

10.30-11.00         Gramophone Grooves (DJ)                Billy Driscoll
11.00-11.40         The Marionettes 
11.40-12.20         Gramophone Grooves                       Billy Driscoll
12.20-1.00           The Marionettes
1.00-1.40             Gramophone Grooves                       Billy Driscoll
1.40-2.20             Amanda Whiting
2.20-3.00             Gramophone Grooves                       Billy Driscoll
3.00-3.40             Amanda Whiting
3.40-4.30             Gramophone Grooves

Clifton Pavilion will be running a cafe with sandwiches and refreshments.

The Zoo
I'm sorry to say there's no entry to the Zoo from Clifton Pavilion.

Late Exhibitor News
Sadly, Toots Sweets are unable to join us on the day due to unforeseen circumstances. 


Bridezillas is a gorgeous Bristol boutique jam packed with all the finishing touches for your wedding outfit.   

Whether it's exquisite jewellery and headpieces, elegant shoes, luxurious lingerie or even beautiful gloves and frivolous petticoats, you won't be able to resist this Aladdin's Cave of sparkling accessories.

Bridezillas is owned by Amanda Davis-Harrison whose own wedding sparked her passion.  She found it hard to find beautiful accessories and, with each item taking a long search, Amanda soon realised the ideal would be a gorgeous bridal boutique, with everything under one roof where brides and their bridesmaids could relax, have fun and take the time to choose and try things on.

Opening the boutique gave Amanda the opportunity to create stunning headpieces and jewellery through her own collection, Abigail Grace Designs.  Her brand has gone from strength to strength and Amanda has plans to expand and concentrate on more new luxury designs, unique to each bride.  Abigail Grace Designs offers a bespoke service using a bride's heirlooms and vintage pieces, which can be incorporated into a headpiece or piece of jewellery.

Bridezillas now also offer a stunning luxury dress range - Eliza Jane Howell - the ultimate in 1920's boho glamour.

Amanda and her team like to treat all their brides like princesses as they choose the final touches to their wedding day outfit.  They take great pride in sourcing and delivering the best available products whilst creating a luxurious shopping experience and believe that this winning combination means there's absolutely no need for the modern bride to turn into a diva after all!

Winning Best Bridal Accessories for 2014 & 2015 at the Bristol & Somerset Wedding Awards, cemented Bridezillas reputation and their premises in Brislington is an oasis of bridal beauty where brides and their friends can enjoy the bridal shopping experience in a relaxed environment and feel truly special.

Bridezillas are here to help you find the perfect wedding jewellery and accessories to reflect your unique style and personality and, with a vast range of products from hand-picked quality designs, along with their own bespoke Abigail Grace Designs range, you're sure to find the right sparkle for you!

Once you've seen a selection of Bridezilla's range at the Wedding Fair you'll be queuing up to book your appointment at their beautiful boutique!

T: 0117 9043039

Thursday, 26 January 2017


Over the last year my friend Siobhan (who owns Queenie the Cocktail Caravan) and I have had great fun hiring out our fabulous photo wall and chaise but sadly, as I have now sold Bristol Vintage to Zoe, and as Queenie is now spending most of her time at festivals, we are no longer able to run the photo wall.

Always You Photography
The wall comes with a chaise and has 3 'picture frames' so you can have groups of people in the picture or just the happy couple!

Always You Photography
Dimensions for the wall are: Height: 7'8.5"; Width 8'; Depth 32"

Always You Photography
It comes in 4 pieces which slot together, along with 2 side posts to hold it up and some hats, moustaches and various other props.

Always You Photography
It takes about 15 minutes for 2 people to erect and less time to take down.  It's great fun for weddings, parties and any events and is a great talking point and extra fun for our guests.

Emma Eirene Photography
The photo wall will be on display at the fair and we can deliver to any buyer free of charge within a 20 mile radius.  The asking price is £250.

If you've any questions please ask Ali on the day or email on: or call on: 07791898650.

Emma Eirene Photography


Whether you're wanting made to measure, off the peg or to hire your suits, Mens Hire is an award winning company that offer friendly advice on all the latest trends in men's formal wear for weddings and celebrations. 

Renowned for their expert knowledge and great customer service, the groom and his party are in safe hands. The feedback from their customers has recently earned them the title of best menshire in the South West for 2017 in The Wedding Industry Awards. 

It's not just suits though that they can help with. Shirts, ties, cuff links and shoes to complete that perfect look for a perfect celebration. The measuring guide on their website is really useful for those groomsmen who are unsure of sizing and they can even see what different combinations of jackets, waistcoats and shirts look like with the outfit builder

There really is no excuse not to look sharp on the big day. 

T: Bristol - 0117 9737461; Nailsea - 07557 789640


Wednesday, 25 January 2017


For some serious vintage glamour on your wedding day, choose Beehive Brides and experience the full star treatment from professional hair and make-up artist, Fiona Maynard.  Fiona's a fully qualified hairdresser and make up artist with over 20 years experience. Having worked in Film and TV, she's got plenty of industry insider tips and she's an expert at calming those big day nerves.

Fiona specialises in vintage and retro wedding hair and beauty, so you can enjoy the luxury of a professional Beehive Brides beauty service in your own home, with make up from ranges like MAC, Laura Mercier, Clinique and Clarins bringing out your natural glow.

As a freelance make up artist, Fiona's used to working in many varied environments and enjoys being among the nominated suppliers for Coombe Lodge, Ston Easton and Maunsel House.

Fiona says: "I look forward to being a part of the Bristol Vintage Wedding Fair as it's a great opportunity for me to demonstrate my work with the models and meet up with friends, old and new."

Fiona will be styling the Bristol Vintage Wedding Fair models on the day and she'll be on hand with hints, tips and plenty of advice on what styles suit you so make sure you stop by.

T: 07710 415365


We're thrilled to have Flora Bella joining us for the first time this year.  From the moment we saw her website we were in love!

With over 10 years' experience in the flower industry as Dinah Taylor Floral Design, Dinah wanted to develop her skills and passion for floral crowns and accessories, so started her new adventure, Flora Bella - creating everlasting beautiful floral crowns using only the finest silk flowers, feathers and vintage accessories.

Every floral crown is unique, beautifully Bohemian and incredibly feminine.  From pretty and delicate to dramatic and luxurious, the options are endless.  Dinah can create a bespoke crown to compliment your personality, especially for your wedding day, and they're ideal for your flower girls and bridesmaids too!  You can even buy from her on-line shop to make things incredibly simple!

Flora Bella can host flower crown parties - perfect for a hen party or any fun celebration!.  You can design your own, luxurious flower crown using silk flowers, feathers and vintage accessories and have a perfect handmade crown to keep forever. The price includes all materials, flowers and accessories, along with refreshments and homemade cake!

We're all very excited to see what Dinah brings with her on Sunday.  I can see there'll be a few trips to try on her beautiful things during the course of the day!

T: 07507835754

Tuesday, 24 January 2017


Nancy Jones had a very creative childhood, which inspired her to follow the Arts all through her education.

She's had a rich and varied working career in Bristol for the last 18 years as a freelance costume maker and model maker and a large part of her portfolio is her animation work. 

Employed in a variety of capacities on films, commercials and exhibitions, making costumes for puppets, props, models and making and dressing sets, in between film work Nancy utilised her sewing skills once more in the employment of making corsets, dresses, fancy dress outfits, curtains, cushions, doing alterations, making props for theatre and the Olympic ceremonies.....

When she moved to the country with her family last year it gave her the opportunity to follow her heart and start her own business.  

Convinced she was a magpie in a former life, Nancy's never far from a market, charity shop, jumble or car boot and her passion for years has been fabulous fabric and fascinating trinkets, dressing up and making and creating.......

As she says "I decided on hats and fantastical headpieces as I felt I could combine some of my passions and skills and offer something really individual and stylish for people who love to dress up too." 

Nancy has created a whole new range to show at the wedding fair and we're really excited to see her beautiful millinery!

Tel: 07855 461863

Monday, 23 January 2017


The beautiful and historic Clifton Pavilion is set in the award-winning botanical gardens of Bristol Zoo, making it one of the most unique wedding venues in Bristol, if not the whole south-west.

With its high vaulted ceiling, art deco features, grand ballroom and stunning chandeliers, it really does offer a breathtaking backdrop for your wedding day.

Our exhibitors love this venue as the rooms are beautifully proportioned, the light is wonderful and it's the perfect venue to show off what they do. 

The Clifton Pavilion has a licence to perform wedding ceremonies and civil partnerships so you can hold your ceremony here as well as celebrate afterwards.

W: Clifton Pavilion



If you're looking for something a little different to serve treats and drinks to your guests  then have a look at Toot Sweet's fully adaptable vintage Citroen H van which can be set up according to your requirements. The van is called Belle and painted a neutral cream to complement any theme, with rich slate grey walls and oak worktops she's full of character, class and fun!  Belle doesn't have an engine so she can be set up anywhere - inside or outside. 

The van is available as a barista coffee van, or as an ice cream/sorbet/boozy sorbet parlour, a cocktail bar or mobile bar and you mix and match our services to suit your event! Having no engine (she's towed on site) Belle is safe to be parked within the grounds of your wedding venue, parked outside your marquee or tipi. If it can be get into your venue then it looks fantastic and a great treat for guests! 

Toot Sweets provide locally hand-made, multi-award winning ice creams and boozy sorbets.  With nearly 100 flavours to choose from there's something for everyone, from Baileys, Honeycombe, Melon & Pimms, Pinksters Gin & Tonic, Eton Mess,  & Belgian Chocolate, and they can even provide diabetic and vegan ice cream, all served in luxury waffle cones or environmentally friendly pots with a spoon.  Guests have unlimited ice creams for a 2 hour service and can help themselves to toppings such as sauces, chocolate flakes, fudge pieces, sprinkles and the like!  

Toots Sweets also have an ice-cream tricycle called Beau so perfect if space or access is an issue. They'll be bringing Beau to the fair so you can meet him!

Decorations, parasol and chalk board as well as a vintage butler's tray is included - the trike is eco-friendly and can set up anywhere without the need to be connected to the electric supply!  Rustic in style and beautifully hand-crafted design which makes the trike stand out from anything else out there.  

Toot Sweets pride themselves on their exceptional service with friendly,  fun and smiley staffing all in vintage attire. They can also supply a cocktail bar, prosecco & Pimms station, hot chocolate, coffee, fully stocked mobile bar, hot waffles n ice cream and any other combination you require from our vintage van Belle too - whatever your sweet tooth desires - The Toot Sweets Van and Trike can adapt to suit!

We love the idea that guests can have a perfectly blended brew and a waffle if you're having a winter wedding or ice cream and sorbets if it's the Summer! 

Once you've tried Toot Sweets delicious flavours at the Fair they'll be on your 'must have' list for your wedding day!

T: 0796 7709018