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A Rustic Wedding Fair in the Kent Countryside, May 2023

It’s that time of year again where we pack up ours girls and head off to the Rustic Fair, this year at Greenhill Farm in Otham. This is always one of our favourite fairs and this year it was lovely to see some new faces alongside the vendors we have exhibited with for the past couple of years.

Wedding dresses on a stand at a wedding fair

For those of you that are not familiar with the Rustic Fair, it is held by the lovely caterers at Home Gurrown, under the cover of Holmsted Event's gorgeous Teepee. They hold it twice a year in May and October at various farms in Maidstone.

Daisy Embroidered wedding dress

This year was the first time taking Freda Bennet with us, which we were super excited about, especially Brady, as we were pretty sure she would go down a storm. (and we weren’t wrong!) We like to take a mixture of mannequins and dresses on rail for brides to look through to the Rustic Fair, this year we had Brady, Roseville by Freda Bennet and the gorgeous Rio top and Jade skirt combo by Kelsey Rose. Then a selection of Kelsey Rose beauty’s on the rail to browse. Not forgetting a selection a shoes and accessories to complete the bridal look. We also had sweet treats supplied by 2’n’6 Sweets for couples to take away with them. So Saturday afternoon we packed up all that we need to take Vicki’s Bridal Boutique on the road.

Saturday evening the lovely Home Gurrown held a vendor's evening, which is always a lovely evening catching up with everyone before the busy day ahead meeting couples and not to forget we get to sample their gorgeous food. This year we had a delicious Chicken Curry and homemade brownies which went down a treat! We chatted away over yummy food and a few glasses of bubbly then it was home to bed before an early start the next day.

Wedding hair accessories and shoes on display

Sunday morning arrived and luckily the rain hadn’t created too much of a muddy puddle on the field. (tractors have been known to been needed in the past!) This year we were in a tent with the lovely Roxanne from The Little Wedding Warehouse and Petula from Cakes by Petula (highly recommend her yummy cakes!) So all set up and ready to go, there is time for a quick scout round to check out everyone's gorgeous stands. Come 10am and our first couples start to arrive and there is a nice buzz across all three tents, which were filled with everything you could need to make your wedding come to life.

The Rustic Fair is typically for couples looking for a relaxed, fun filled wedding in the heart of rural Kent Countryside. So if you think this sounds like the kind of day you are wanting for your Big Day, then make sure to give @homegurrown a follow to keep an eye out for details of the October fair.

Top tips if you want to visit the next Rustic Fair:

  • Wear wellies - it is on a farm so come ready for mud!

  • Many of the vendors will have fair offers running so if you are instead in what they have to offer make sure to say Hi and leave your details with them.

  • This fair is also a great way to get to see what Holmsted Events have to offer in all they glory.


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