Hot off the heels of their inaugural 2022 show in Manchester, Sunday 20th March saw The Indie Wedding Fair’s first visit to the fabulous city of York. On what was the hottest day of the year so far, visitors to White Syke Fields enjoyed the glorious sunshine as they were treated to the very best the north has to offer to couples looking for a wedding less ordinary.
A stunning venue nestled in ancient Saxon woodland, White Syke Fields offers three contrasting spaces in one, each with its own unique appeal. For couples who want an unconventional space with built-in flexibility, this venue has it all and was a natural fit for the vibe of The Indie Wedding Fair.
Having welcomed over 2500 visitors through its doors since the first event in Manchester in 2016, demand has seen The Indie Wedding Fair team expand the event into both Sheffield and, for the first time this year, York. Throughout the day, swathes of couples were able to connect with trusted suppliers who deliver consistently exceptional wedding products and services in the region. Some of our absolute faves who’ve exhibited at previous Indie Wedding Fairs were there, including proud Yorkshireman and photographer extraordinaire Tim Dunk and the perennially joyous Viva la Booth.
Sunday’s event in York also saw some amazingly talented newcomers make their Indie Wedding Fair debut, showcasing everything from stunning streamers that totally transform any space (Streamadelica) to incredible blooms and stunning floral installations that pop with joie de vivre (Hyde Park Flower Club).
We caught up with florist-extraordinaire Dottie for her take on the day:
“The Indie Wedding Fair held at White Syke Fields brought together some high quality, design-led suppliers in an amazing venue. Good vibes, great people and a wonderful atmosphere; there was a real community feel to it from a supplier perspective and we were able to network and benefit from this. We have had a couple of enquiries following the day, which just shows that the clientele the event appealed to were perfect for the suppliers who attended.”
Another newcomer to Team Indie was photographer and videographer Black Bear Media, whose founder Rafael had this to say about the day:
“The Indie Wedding Fair was brill! Awesome couples, rad backdrop in the shape of White Syke Fields (hope to shoot there often!) and fantastic vendors to get to know. Be sure to check out the roster over on the Indie Wedding Fair website. Special thank you to Ellie and her team for putting it all together Really looking forward to the next one!”
The Indie Wedding Fairs have featured some impressive live acts over the years, and this year’s York show was no exception. Two musical acts wowed the crowds, with Michael Mulholland’s dulcet tones firstly welcoming visitors in the stunning courtyard. Next up was the beautiful solo violin sets from Married to the Music, before guests were treated to some chilled Sunday DJ beats from the same outfit. We are firm believers that live music can elevate a wedding into something spectacular, so to hear these live performers really transformed the ambience of the space.
After two cracking events in Manchester and York, The Indie Wedding Fair’s third and final show of 2022 will be hitting up Sheffield on Sunday, 24th April at Peddler Warehouse a.k.a. 92, Burton Road. Sheff is the OG stomping ground of Inner City Weddings and this incredible former industrial factory boasts an impressive 7500 sq ft of space, so there’ll be more incredible exhibitors than you can shake a stick at!
V.I.P tickets have SOLD OUT, but you can still book your free place here or simply head down on the day, where, as with the previous two fairs, donations are being taken for the Help Ukraine Emergency Appeal in lieu of walk-in tickets.
See you there, you lovely lot.