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Like many other wedding shows The Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza showcases the best the industry has to offer from dress makers to cake designers, but this isn’t your ordinary wedding show. Step inside this wedding extravaganza to find custom comic book heels, three-tiered Back To The Future and lavish skull and rose themed wedding cakes, as well as, bespoke wedding gowns inspired by fairies and fantasy to tattoos and rockabilly. Their second show on March 24th continues to cater to couples who want “their” wedding be it Gothic, punk rock, geeky and everything in-between. It’s your day and your vision so “don’t be a wedding sheep…..it should be all about EWE!!”
Unlike ordinary wedding shows the suppliers, also known as the Baad Ass Mother Flockers, have all been hand picked and invited by the creators of The Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza and industry professionals themselves – Sassy of Assassynation, Jo of The Couture Company and Vikki of Lillia. “The Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza was born out of a real and genuine need for an alternative wedding show, the mainstream and vintage sections of our industry are adequately catered for, but what if you are a geek or a goth?” asks Jo. “The suppliers aka the Baad Ass Mother Flockers have been chosen and invited based on their personalities, the quality of their end product and the fact that they offer something unique. White linen covered trestle tables are discouraged and hard sells are banished.” The trio is also challenging their “Mo Flo’s” to create stands that are totally unique and interactive and unlike anything you’ve before.
Choosing a hen or stag party which will cater to your geeky needs can be tricky when much of what’s on offer out there is centered around strippers and boozing. It’s not all about mainstream ideas like these though; there are some quirky and downright geeky stag and hen party ideas out there if that’s what you’re looking for! Here at Redseven we’ve selected some of our favorites to give you some inspiration if you’re looking for something a little different.
1. Zombie Paintball
For fans of zombie horror then nothing quite beats turning it into a reality, with you and your friends as the heroes! Ok, the zombies are played by actors, but they’ll still be groaning and bloody as you line them up within the sights of your paint gun. This ultimate alternative stag or hen do idea begins with being trained on target practice before getting to use your paint gun to fight against a zombie infestation scenario on a specially designed site. This is one experience which you won’t forget – providing you survive!
It’s “Always A Good Time” for Doug and Nuala with a groom and his party wearing kilts, fire-dancers and a reception at the local brewery. I love when the couple’s family really get into the song and also a little surprised they know the lyrics to Carly Rae Jepsen and Owl City’s “Always A Good Time”.
Marryokes (a play on “marriage” and “karaoke”) is a wedding videography company with a twist. Filmed throughout your wedding day couples can pick any song they desire and Marryokes will capture the whole story from the major parts to the tiny details. Their most popular Marryoke, Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling” video which captured Paul and Clodagh’s Ireland wedding went viral with almost 1 million hits on YouTube.
Minted which offers stationery and invitations sourced from a global community of independent artists and designers, has teamed up with an amazing non-profit organization Every Mother Counts. Founded by Christy Turlington Burns, Every Mother Counts is an advocacy and mobilization campaign to improve global maternal health. Minted will be donating 50% of the sales of their children’s and nursery art collection to Every Mother Counts in the month of December 2012 and 6% until May 2013.
Minted provides independent designers and artists an opportunity to have their designs sold online at Minted.com through community voted design competitions. With their successful approach to crowd-sourcing stationary online, the San Francisco based company has recently expanded to include archival-quality art prints. Artists and designers from around the world can submit original designs and photographs to the Minted site, and the most popular designs are voted by the community and sold on Minted.com. In addition, the winning designers also receive a nice cash prize, a 6 percent commission on all the sales of their work and Minted handles all the behind the scenes work like: the printing, shipping, packaging, and customer service on all orders.
Too many great finds? Why not start with a 2013 calender photo calender created exclusively for Minted by their talented community of independent designers. You know your going to need one.
When coming up with your wedding budget it’s also important to take into consideration your bridal party. After all, bridesmaids need more than just a dress; they also need shoes, accessories, hair and make-up all the little details that can add up fast.
Ultimate Outlet is an online retailer featuring the latest fashions at easily affordable prices that are perfect for the budget savvy bride. Their exclusive merchandise features popular brands such as Spiegel, Newport News and Shape FX; and have everything you’ll need to outfit your entire bridal party – dresses, jewelry, shoes and handbags all at outlet prices. They also carry sizes ranging from petite, tall and women’s 14W – 26W. The number of products isn’t huge, but worth taking a look for some great finds at even better prices.
Here are a few bridesmaid looks for under $100 from Ultimate Outlet:
Everyone’s idea of a Hen or Stag night is different and whatever you decide, almost always it will end up with a night out on the town. Unlike a bridal shower with children in attendance, a Hen or Stag party is strictly for adults. So grab your gag gifts and costumes from Fast Fancy Dress Party and celebrate your last night of freedom! As a leading online retailer delivering throughout the UK, you’ll find plenty of inspiration at Fast Fancy Dress Party. They are able to meet everyone’s needs with a range of men and woman’s sizes from XS to XXL.
If you’re buying presents for the happy couple or if you’re the happy couple buying presents for the wedding party, looking for a wedding gift doesn’t have to be painful or time consuming. Browse through 1000′s of unique and unusual gifts at Find Me A Gift from the comfort of your own home.
Planning on doing something different for your wedding day and don’t know where to start? Maybe your looking for a Gothic wedding dress or a Doctor Who themed wedding cake? Or maybe you just want to start at the beginning and find a planner that understands ‘your style’? Well there’s a new wedding show in town, promising to be like no other wedding show you’ve ever seen or been to before.
The Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza takes a different approach to wedding shows, catering to couples who want their weddings to be all about them and their personality. Their motto, “don’t be a wedding sheep…..it should be all about EWE!!” A wedding show that caters to all types of wedding styles from the Gothic to the Bohemian to punk rock and geeky. The brainchild of three industry professionals – Sassy of Assassynation, Jo of The Couture Company and Vikki of Lillia, the eclectic trio have all hand picked the suppliers for the show. Chosen for their “talent, customer service and great personalities we are challenging the suppliers to create amazing spaces to showcase their work (rather than your usual trestle table with stuff on!)…this will make it more exciting..!”
Not only will there be some unique and fresh suppliers but also a fashion ‘walkabout’ showcasing gorgeous dresses. Loads of fantastic prizes to be won and some fun demonstrations will be going on for a totally interactive experience, promising to be nothing like you’ve ever seen at other wedding shows. On November 4th, 2012 check out all the Baad Ass Mother-Flockers at the first Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza show taking place at Fazeley Studios, Digbeth, Birmingham UK!
Remixing home videos with music is a popular trend that has made its way into the wedding industry turning ‘traditional’ wedding videography into a unique and fun new direction.
Marryokes (a play on “marriage” and “karaoke”) is a wedding videography company with a twist. Increasing in popularity, Marryokes’ Black Eyed Peas “I Gotta Feeling” video capturing Paul and Clodagh’s Ireland wedding went viral with almost 1 million hits on YouTube. While they do film traditional full day videos, their passion is marryokes – music videos filmed throughout the wedding day. Couples can pick any song they desire and Marryokes will capture the whole story from the major parts to the tiny details that may pass you by on the big day. Based near Belfast, Northern Ireland the Husband and Wife team behind Marryokes travels all over the world to bring their style of wedding videography to you.
5 tiers, fondant, gum-paste flowers sounds like an elegant and traditional cake perfect for any wedding, except yours. One of the most sought-after custom cake shops in the country, Charm City Cakes located in Baltimore, Maryland is the home to Duff Goldman and his team of eclectic cake artists. Sure, they make beautiful and traditional wedding cakes, but they also make some of the most amazing geek and gamer inspired cakes like their lifesize Star Wars R2D2.
“We have fun with every cake we make, but we always have a LOT of fun when we get to work with video game and online gaming companies. They are staffed by folks who are just as slightly off kilter and imaginative as we are, and so the projects we put together for video game launches and events always tend to be MEGA. Here’s a round up of some of our favorite collaborations with the gaming world!”