Top Event ~ The Eco Wedding Fair, The Green Park Hotel, Bournemouth

Guest Blog from Suzi Dixon

Dorset is a region blessed with beautiful beaches, stunning venues and creative companies, many of which go down the ‘eco’ route to provide that sought-after natural look that’s so popular for 2014.

Heidi Watson of Dorset, Wiltshire and Hampshire Bride said: “Dorset is a county bursting with creative, eco-friendly businesses and a growing numbers of brides are looking for a ‘green’ wedding.”

So it stood to reason that The (Eco) Wedding Fayre, which took place on Sunday March 9, was hosted at The Green House Hotel, in Bournemouth; the greenest hotel in the UK. The hotel offers exclusive use for weddings and work closely with Beach Weddings Bournemouth to bring the outdoors in, adding a beach theme to their receptions where required.

A recent wedding fair at Bournemouth’s BIC used floral designs from Arcade Flowers – Ringwood and new bunting and styling from Coastal Creatives to showcase how beach babes might like to style their reception.

As well as green and eco weddings, vintage and up-cycling are watchwords for Dorset brides.

The Perfect Ring Company is a bespoke wedding ring design service can help you transform and re-wear a family heirloom. They use CAD – computer aided design – to shape the ring, fitting it round any unusual shaped engagement ring and using gems from other precious jewellery.

“We are finding that more and more clients are approaching us wishing to reuse family heirlooms,” said company owner Ryan Power, from their Bournemouth base. “Just last month we took some diamonds from a client’s Grandmother’s earrings and re-set them into her wedding ring. She felt as if her Gran was then with her, watching her get married.”

Dorset Dubhire is very popular with vintage brides, offering a white ribboned VW campervan for transport from church to reception.

For bridal beauty, Poole in Dorset is home to cosmetics grocer LUSH, the ultimate beauty delicatessen. Think handmade, natural and fresh merchandise, delicate perfumes and bath bombs as favours. You can even book a bridal spa treatment in their Poole flagship store, or book a beauty hen party with LUSH anywhere in the UK.

“Brides don’t have to sacrifice style to have a green wedding,” said Amanda Griffiths, editor at Bride magazines. “More and more brides are turning to local, independent suppliers for their big day rather than choosing items from faceless, national companies and this is the first step in planning an eco-friendly day – cutting down on mileage and pollution.”

Credit:  Suzi Dixon is a freelance journalist
Photography Credit:  The Green House Hotel
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