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  • Cas Holmes

Autumn is here, and the wedding fairs season has begun.

Updated: Jan 2

Before I became a celebrant, creating and leading weddings, funerals, and naming services and ceremonies, I thought that September and October were the months for cosy clothes, spooky celebrations, colourful leaves, and early Christmas shopping.


An autumn wedding cake , with two teras which is layered stylishly in brown and white icing and autumn fruits
An autumn wedding Cake, just waiting to be eaten! Photo by Melisssa Horn Walker on Unsplash

But now I know that this is also the time when you can visit many wedding fairs in amazing venues and barns. I have been to two wedding fairs in a week and I will be at another one this weekend at the Alban Arena in St Albans, Hertfordshire, with Wedding Exhibitions UK. I was amazed by the variety of local businesses that couples can talk to from

  • professional videographers,

  • professional photographers,

  • amazing caricaturists,

  • incredible florists,

  • bespoke wedding dresses and wedding rings,

  • creative wedding event stylists,

  • Indian tepees,

  • and brilliant children’s entertainment, to name but a few.


So, why not search online for 'Wedding fairs near me' to find a range of choices of venues and dates across the country to suit you? Then, book online to get your free ticket. Once there, you can chat with many friendly professionals who are handily in one place and who want to help you create a stunning event.


Don't be shy; let them know about your vision for your special wedding day, ask all the important questions you need and look at the examples of their work, and don't forget to take away their information so you can contact them later when you need to make those all-important decisions.


A guest table a a wedding set for a meal, with white chairs, white tablecloth , food, a candle and wine glasses waiting to be filled
A classic wedding reception. Photo by Gabriella Claire Marino on Unsplash

I have loved exploring old country houses, imagining a wedding ceremony and reception there, and admiring the beautiful photos of the happy couple and their guests. Why not make a day of it, explore the area and have lunch out somewhere new?


In these difficult times, a wedding is a ray of hope, a celebration of love, a chance to dress up and enjoy good food and wine with your guests. But if you haven’t been to a wedding lately, you can watch some on TV, like ‘Married at First Sight UK’, which is on Channel 4 right now.


Here, brave singles trust ‘science’ to find their perfect match and get married without ever meeting before. The wedding venues and honeymoon locations are gorgeous and the weddings are each a beautiful surprise in their own way.


But these soon-to-be-famous couples didn’t go to wedding fairs, choose their own suppliers, plan every detail of their perfect wedding, choose an independent celebrant for their wedding ceremony or get personal help writing their vows.


If you want to have a say in who conducts your dream wedding ceremony, designs a personalised service for you, and gives you tips on writing your vows, please contact me, Carolyn, the Celebrant, at Rites of Way on 07305002858 or email me at rtiesofw@gmail.com.


You can also check out my celebrant wedding website page, Country Weddings & Vow Renewals | Rites of Way and follow me on Instagram @rites.ofway.


I look forward to hearing from you! Don't forget to subscribe to my blogs too!

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Carolyn the Celebrant at Rites of Way