DIY wedding fayre a success

A successful first event at Poole’s The Factory has provided the springboard for future occasions.

The DIY Wedding, Craft and Family Fayre attracted more than 200 people keen to discover tips on how to host an environmentally friendlier big day while keeping costs down and getting creative.

Leane Grote from the Factory, who co-organised the event, said: “It was a great day and a very successful first event which we would like to repeat in the future.

“We had 15 stallholders who were all very positive about the event. The Dorset Scrapstore, which is based here at The Factory, hosted three very popular classes on the day involving more than 60 people. They also doubled their daily average takings and signed up 14 new members.

“It was great way to bring people in to the Factory and promote the services that are available here.

“We’re now in the early stages of planning a baby and children themed event in the late summer with some returning stallholders as well as summer workshops for children in the school holidays in collaboration with The Dorset Scrapstore.”

Stallholders at the fayre included a number of new start-up businesses looking to promote their services. They included Little Green Coffee Box, a luxury coffee and refreshment stall serving from a renovated horsebox.

Other start-ups included Sweet Wishes sweet cart hire, Kapow Chocolate Fudge Company, Crown & Feather Wedding Stationery, and Dorset Pizza Kitchen, an outdoor wood-fired pizza caterer.

There were stalls aimed at those with children including Lego gifts crafted by Brick Design by Erica, Magical Miracle Massage and Poole Mumbler, a parenting community website.

Established businesses exhibiting at the event included Fizzy Fellows Prosecco and cider van, Twisted Wicks soy wax candles, and bridal and jewellery stalls including Silver Art, and Wedding Elements by Lynne.

All The Factory’s enterprises help fund BCHA, which has been helping homeless and vulnerable people for 50 years.

The Factory is part of the New Leaf Company, the social enterprise arm of charitable housing association BCHA, with all profits invested back into the community. The Factory has meeting and conference rooms available for hire.

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