On Februrary 24th, a few of the Lower Mainland's creative minds will be hosting the FIRST EVER DIY Wedding Show. It's unique, affordable and we're going. Are you?
The ‘trend’ in weddings for the past three years running has been an increase in the personalization of weddings; both the ceremony & reception. We at Clipsake don’t think this is a trend at all. We can't imagine 'personalized weddings' going out of fashion. In fact, it makes good sense to us that there have always been & will always be a percentage of the population who are passionate about making their wedding day reflect exactly who they are as a couple. They are willing to put blood, sweat & tears into crafting a day that makes them feel comfortable in their own skin as they announce their commitment loud and proud whether it be in front of two or 200 people.
The exciting part about being one of those couples in 2018 is that the number of BC businesses that have cropped up to accommodate these unique, personalized weddings has increased dramatically. In fact many established businesses have also adjusted to relax their rigid ‘wedding packages’ to include a la carte or partial DIY options.
So where is Vancouver's DIY Wedding Show on February 24, 2018? Fun fact - it isn't in Vancouver at all, but in the Royal City - New Westminster B.C. The venue? 100 Braid Street Studios - a gorgeous heritage builiding, artists studio & event space which is accesible by transit (Braid Street Station).
Photo credit - Green Ginger Photography of wedding at 100 Braid Street Studios
Honestly, we are excited to meet vendors like us who offer couples a chance to incorporate their personality & style into their wedding by professionally supporting their creative ideas with coaching, support & hands on guidance. We absoultely can't wait to meet couples like us who really want to give their guests a sneak peak at what makes them tick as a couple. Rubbing elbows with other creatives gets us excited about our next projects. The opposite of 'the corporate wedding machine', you have no need to tell these businesses you are throwing 'a party' to avoid getting price gouged. They are in the wedding game to make beautiful, thoughtful weddings.
We took some time to catch up with one of the DIY Wedding show's co-producers, Breanne Dodge of ThisleBEA your wedding. As a fairly newly-wed, a wedding planner & most recently a board member of a great local charity, A Wish To Wed, we were curious to find out more about the show & to see if Breanne would elaborate on her 'three 'A' mantra...
L to R - Winnie - THISLEbea your wedding, Susan - 100 Braid Street Studios, Kaidra - Capture Your Now Photography, Breanne - ThistleBEA your wedding.
We know you're a wedding planner but what made you decide to take on an entire wedding show?
Oh my goodness, I've been to SOOO many wedding shows! I was fairly obsessed with them when I moved to Vancouver from Kimberley. I didn’t know HOW to get into the wedding industry when I moved here, so I thought that might be my way in, also, I like free pens. What I found from attending all fo these shows is that there wasn't one that really catered to the DIY wedding crowd. I love DIY. I love the thought, the effort, and the love that goes into making a DIY Wedding. While discussing this oddity with my co-planner Winnie - she just said, 'so why don't we do one ourselves?!' It’s been more than a year in the making now, and we are so excited that it’s finally coming to life.
We're excited to be part of a wedding show with a non-profit partner. How did you learn about A Wish to Wed & what made you want to get involved?
There’s nothing I don’t ADORE about weddings – I knew I wanted to be a wedding planner since I was 9 when I learned that it was a real job. And I’ve always been passionate about social change, but I couldn’t think of a way that they both could tie in together, until I learned about A Wish To Wed. They hit all the things I wanted to do, and honestly, all the emotions I want to feel. This non-profit grants the wish of a wedding to couples who are facing terminal illness, and it gives them an opportunity to celebrate during a hard and upsetting part of life. It just feels so, well, magical. I feel like I can’t properly represent how it makes me feel in text – seriously, as I write this I’m tearing up a bit thinking about how amazing this is!
The coat check ($2) and donations to participate in the Wedding Wishing Wall (suggested $1) will be going straight to AWW.
A wedding wishing wall?! Tell us more!
We knew we didn’t want to just give prizes away all willy nilly, we wanted some thought to go into it. No use winning a formal table cloth rental for if you are having a forest picnic wedding. Also, we very much wanted to take advantage of a cool magnet wall at 100 Braid Street (an awesome customizable feature for a wedding!) So a number of our vendors will be putting up their prize give aways on the magnetic Wedding Wishing Wall (we’re giving away a full day of coordination package!) and we want the attendees to put some thought into what they want to win and why. Each person who enters for a prize will tell us why they want to win that prize - what does it mean to them? At the end of the show we will have all the entries displayed on our magnet wall and we will have each vendor choose their winner, based on which story they like the best. If you check out our blog some of the Wedding Wishing Wall participants have told us what kind of entries are most likely to win their prize - get the insider scoop!
(Clipsake is giving away a video Save The Date Package to one lucky couple! Find out more here)
Being a unique Wedding Show, is there any other unexpected features couples should...expect?
We’re doing a lot of things differently. Instead of a fashion stage, we’re doing a demo stage, we’re featuring vendors who you might not typically consider a wedding vendor (like Opus art supplies), and we are really concentrating on getting couples connected with accessible, affordable, and attainable vendors (we've been told these are Breanne's infamous 'three A's!'). We’re not charging much for tickets, which can be totally normal, but we’re also not charging our vendors much to be there. We know that the more affordable vendors won’t necessarily have the budget to participate in the typical wedding show, which means the attendee never gets to meet them.
Some of our a-typical wedding vendors include workshop hosts, students who offer a quality product but don’t have a whole lot of experience under their belt and artisans who can offer you a unique contribution to your wedding! We will also have food trucks who can and will cater your wedding.
As an experienced DIY'er, recent bride and professional wedding planner - you know a lot about weddings. Can you share a 'wedding hack' that you think every couple should know?
Facebook groups! Not everyone knows that there are these amazing facebook groups all about weddings. Some are buy and sell groups where you can pick up some cheap décor, and some of them are support (like the “Bridechilla” podcast group) but no matter what kind of group, you find yourself surrounded by likeminded individuals who want to help.
If you 're excited about a DIY wedding show that includes practical tips, support and direct access to those in the know - you should grab your tickets here for $5. OR email us hello@clipsake and tell us which one of our three sample wedding videos is your favourite and we'll gift you a free ticket!
(and yes, you are witnessing a playful pom pom fight...)