Wedding Fair at the BIC

Chris and I have just returned home from a wonderful weekend away in Bournemouth.  I have really been spoilt as it was all a big surprise organised by Chris! I had no idea what we were doing until we arrived at a lovely hotel in Bournemouth. The woman at reception let it slip that Chris had told them of our ‘recent’ engagement, and that we were staying at the hotel for the Wedding Fair at the BIC.  Then they offered us an upgrade for half price, so we took it! And we got a four poster bed! Hurrah!

The hotel was fantastic, it was called The Langtry Manor and it had a lot of history which was very interesting. They were also having an open day so we got to see how it would all be set out for a wedding. I would highly recommend it for a couple who are looking for a manor or large house to get married in.

Anyway, the wedding fair was great too. The most fun was all of the photo booths that we got to try out! I thought I would do a little review of the 3 that we tried. You can see the magnificent photos below!

This one was from a company called Say Fromage. You could probably only fit 2 or 3 people in a picture, but on the upside the technology was wonderful and it was by far the easiest to use! You could choose to print any 4 pictures you wanted on a page, so if you took a couple of bad ones it wasn’t the end of the world. We also really like the quality of the photos, the colours are vibrant and the lighting also seemed pretty nice. You get to print out unlimited photos and you can make 2 copies, one for the bride and groom and one for the guests to take home!I think you get more bang for your buck with this one as you get to have it for 6 hours, and I think the others are only 4 hours for a similar price.

I love the branding and look of The Photo Lounge. It is quirky and has a vintage style, as well as the colours being very ‘me’. There is the opportunity for you to have more guests in one photo from this company. They can make it as big or small as you want and can customise the backdrop to your match your event. They also provide lots of wonderful props. Again you get 2 copies print out, one for the guest and one to put in the bride and grooms photo album/guest book.

Unfortunately we couldn’t quite get the hang of the timing when using Smiley Booth, also I am looking in the wrong direction which doesn’t help! Whoops! The one thing that this booth had which the others didn’t is the option to change the back drop curtain to a green screen, so you could potentially have any background you wanted!  However, I think this is my least favourite of the three, mainly because it seemed less easy to use, but also because you had to sit down to use it. I do think photos with people standing look much more natural, but it really depends on what kind of event you are having and what is most important to you!

As we were wandering around we got chatting to the photographer from I Make Your Day. He very kindly took our picture and made it into a little keyring for us to take away. I haven’t really thought that much about a photographer yet, but I think it is going to be one of the most important decisions I make! I think that the work of  this company looked very professional, but I probably want something a little quirkier with a vintage twist. So, the search continues!

Before I go I’d just like to show you these lovely cakes I spotted from Sweetcheeks Bakehouse. I really love the colours they have used and they are certainly very photogenic!

As you can tell we have had a very wedding heavy weekend, but now I am even more excited! I want to sit down tonight with all the things I collected from the fair and make myself a little mood board. Hurrah!

As always, I’d love to hear from you if you are doing any wedding planning or have seen any wedding ideas that you like.

Laura xXx

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