Manchester Big City Wedfest – Victoria Warehouse

Manchester Big City Wedfest – Victoria Warehouse

I love long summer days filled with BBQ’s and bottles of wine but I definitely love wedding planning a little bit more.  With the Summer wedding season behind us there is now an influx of wedding fairs for brides to be to spend our weekends pottering around, seeking inspo.

The first fair of the month for me was  Brides Up North’s, Big City Wedfest at Victoria Warehouse. I was really looking forward to this one for two reasons, firstly Jonny and I were going alone which was a lovely treat. Secondly, I’ve never been to Victoria Warehouse but I’ve heard great things so I wanted to have a nosey to see what all the fuss was about.

 

The Venue

Victoria Warehouse is very on trend right now, warehouse – tick, mood lighting – tick, hipsteresque furniture – tick. If you are looking for a city wedding then it’s definitely worth a visit. The wedding space is called ‘The Bays’ and is on the main floor of the building. The exposed brickwork and metal pillars make it a perfect blank canvas, allowing you to create any style of wedding you want. Personally though, I think the character of the building lends itself to more subtle styling, think copper accents, fairy lights and some greenery.

I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it’s only £2,500 to hire Victoria Warehouse on a Saturday (with a minimum food spend) and there are some great all inclusive winter deals available too. I think that’s the main thing about this venue, it’s much more of an Autumn/Winter venue due to limited outdoor space and the atmospheric rooms.  I’d love to see the warehouse adorned with Christmas trees and fairy lights as I think it would make for a pretty spectacular December venue.

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Big City Wedfest

With suppliers and musicians scattered throughout the warehouse, the event had a great vibe without feeling crowded, so you could have a good natter with anyone you wanted to.  There were a few familiar faces at the show, including our photographer (more on them soon) and Smile-o-matic who I told you about in my previous WedFest post at Capesthorne Hall.  There were also plenty of new faces too, some of which we particularly liked the look of…

The Cake

Marie Antoinette Cakes were hard to miss with their glorious table of epic looking cakes. I love the simplicity of their designs and the detail the cakes do have is immaculate. They offer twelve different flavours of cake including salted caramel, butterscotch and chocolate truffle… we tried the Red Velvet which was super moist.

If you’re interested you can book a one hour consultation and tasting at their studio for just £20 which is redeemable against the cost of a cake. Not only do they create stunning cakes but their range of favours covers everything from macarons to marshmallows and super stylish cookies.

 

The Magician

I love a magician, or a ‘Magic Ian’ as they are known in our house… However, finding one for your wedding is pretty impossible unless you see some tricks live! I haven’t seen a magician at a wedding fair before so when we spotted Danny Jewell performing close-up magic at Wedfest, we were super excited. We patiently waited our turn and were blown away by the two tricks he performed, I won’t give anything away but I do recommend you watch some of his videos.

If you like the look of him then meet him for a coffee and see some tricks in person before you decide whether to book or not. A magician like Danny is perfect for a drinks reception or that down time between the wedding breakfast and the party… when half your guests are drinking coffee and the rest are on beer!

I’m off to The Liverpool Wedding Show (my favourite wedding fair) with my gorgeous bridesmaids on Saturday so if I spot anything exciting, I’ll let you know.

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