DIY wedding fayre set for The Factory

BIG DAY: Wendy Holden from the Factory and Dorset Scrapstore supervisor Claire Lehmann with wedding decorations. The Factory is hosting a DIY Wedding Fayre

A wedding fayre with a difference aimed at helping couples’ pockets and the environment has been planned for next month.

The DIY Wedding Fayre, to be held at The Factory in Alder Hills, Poole on March 9 from 11am until 3pm, will focus on alternatives to the expensive extravaganzas that have become the norm for some wedding couples.

The Factory is home to Dorset Scrapstore and the wedding fayre will feature two do-it-yourself workshops, one on making wedding stationery and one on wedding favours and centrepieces.

The idea is that couples can leave the wedding fayre with everything they need to get creative from the Scrapstore.

Leane Grote from the Factory, who is co-organising the event, said: “We want to do something that helps couples who can’t afford to pay the thousands of pounds that some weddings cost.

“With upcycling and a bit of DIY you can still have a beautiful wedding but for a realistic, affordable price.”

Suppliers already signed up for the event include a local, ethical business selling locally sourced luxury coffee, beverages and cakes from a renovated horse box.

Leane said: “With the rise in popularity of festival and glamping weddings, some people are looking to have outdoor hot drinks instead of a bar.

“There are all kinds of ways to hold a wedding and we’d love to have a bit of everything on offer – from catering to table decorations.

“We will also host a pre-loved wedding sale on the day, with items that couples have made or bought for their wedding and no longer need.”

The wedding fayre will also be helping a good cause. 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.

Entrance to the wedding fayre is £3 to include a goody bag, and there will also be a raffle and a talk from a DIY wedding planner.

Prices for stalls start at £12 and Leane would like to hear from anyone interested in being an exhibitor, or pitching a stall at their pre-loved sale. Contact her at The Factory on 01202 612479.

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BCHA is a charity which has been helping homeless and vulnerable people for 50 years.
It has helped more than 10,000 people each year off the streets, out of abuse, over skills barriers, and on to independence.

It offers people who need support in finding ‘a way forward’.

Bournemouth Churches Housing Association was founded in 1968 by a number of local churches, to try to make a practical contribution to local housing problems.

Since then, BCHA has grown from strength to strength.

It is a major provider of a diverse range of housing, support and learning services for socially excluded people. Although based in Bournemouth, it currently delivers services across the south.

Bournemouth Churches Housing Association Limited is a charitable registered society under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014, registered with the Financial Conduct Authority No. 18497R and with the Homes and Communities Agency No. LH0155.

News release issued by Debbie Moore of Deep South Media – 01202 534487 (office), 07767 349971 (mobile) or email