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Back in 2010 Charlie and Emily, 2 friends from Brighton dreamt up the idea of the Brighton Bridal Boot Fayre.
Whilst planning their own weddings back in 2010, Charlie and Emily looked for inspiration on many wedding blogs like Rock and Roll Bride, Ruffled and Love My Dress. But when it came the time to start searching for details to make their weddings personal, quirky and different from others, they found it was a lengthy and expensive process, albeit very fun. The girls spent months trawling the Internet, going to flea markets, car boot sales and 2nd hand stores in order to collect all the paraphernalia they desired.
Once they started collecting vases, tea light holders, material, lace, vintage bits and decorations (the list goes on), they both had the same thoughts.... “What are we going to do with all this after the wedding?!” The girls were both living in small flats in Brighton and needed a way of clearing some of the mountain of wedding clutter that had accumulated, they were also keen to make a bit of money back. So the idea of a Bridal Boot Fayre was born, they could sell on wedding items to other brides, so they could create an equally beautiful day, but at a fraction of the cost.
The first Brighton Bridal Boot Fayre took place in February 2011, Charlie and Emily weren’t sure how popular the idea would be, but were sure there must other brides out there, like them, and in the same position. They were full of apprehension and started off small, too small in fact! The girls were blown away when they realised how much interest there was - there was a queue around the corner before they even opened the doors to the event. You can imagine how pleased with how the first BBBF went.
In March 2012 Charlie and Emily were invited along to a Wedding Networking Evening held by Helen of Doily Days and Kelly of Belle’s Events. The girls got chatting to Kelly about her plans for more unique and alternative wedding fairs across Sussex. They met lots of lovely people and spoke about plans for the next Boot Fayre.
The girls held one more Brighton Bridal Boot Fayre and then realised that along with their full time jobs and Emily’s growing family they were unable to keep up with the admin, arrangements, marketing and advertising that goes alongside events like these.
Charlie and Emily were so disappointed not to be able to keep up with their fabulous idea, especially as they were still receiving enquiries. So in the spring of 2012 Charlie met up with Kelly of Belle’s Events and asked if she would like to keep the event running. Kelly was thrilled with the idea and since then has been gathering more brides and suppliers for the next event, now named Belle’s Bridal Boot Fair.
Kelly told us “I was so chuffed that Charlie and Emily came to me to take on the Bridal Boot Fair, I love boot sales, flea markets and vintage emporiums and my job is running bridal fairs with a difference so this was a fantastic opportunity for me. I also really appreciated the girls trust, they had built the event up over a year and were so kind to pass it over, I just hope I can carry it off as well as they did. I have found a new venue for the next one, the Ralli Hall in Hove, it’s beautiful and as well as the fantastic brides and suppliers we will have a pop-up tearoom run by the fabulous Jamqueen. I have also added a new area within the fair which is a ‘Make Your Own Wedding Workshop’ we will have some really talented suppliers in this area teaching brides skills, such as making button holes, favours and how to do their own vintage inspired make-up. More details about this will be available on the Belle’s Events website in December.”