With Maidenhead going through a period of change with the imminent Crossrail development, it’s quite common to see empty units appear in the Nicholson shopping centre. But if you’ve been in town recently, you may have spotted something a little bit different in the window of the old Fineweave Carpet shop (round the corner from Clarks). Bespoke, unique, and made by local crafters and businesses, a mini Wedding showcase has appeared! Donning my intrepid ‘roving retail reporter’ hat, I thought I’d find out a bit more and share the details about the Craft Coop Wedding Event with you all here on the blog.

Adding ‘wow’ to your wedding.

Some people have dreamed about their wedding all of their lives and have a classic, fairytale vision, others want something a little bit different. The good news is that ‘different’ and ‘unique’ doesn’t always have to be expensive. In my experience, choosing a good colour scheme and sourcing some unusual elements can be a great way to add a personal twist to your wedding and your wedding photographer will love you even more for it.

Personally, I chose to get married in London and had a red, white and blue theme. With Mr H being the super creative kind of guy that he is, he made a handmade paper bouquet and button holes to match in with the theme. I love the fact that a few simple tweaks created a real talking point at our wedding, proof that you can have a stylish wedding without having to hire a stately home or spend tens of thousands of pounds.
So I was quite intrigued to see some handmade bouquets in the shop window in town… and also a rather amazing looking display from The Paper Cup Kitchen (who did the cakes for our wedding too!)

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My bouquet was made of paper, buttons and even tube maps! A perfect fit for a London wedding based around St Pancras.

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The bridesmaids had miniature versions of the bouquet to help keep the red white and blue colour scheme going.

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Miniature retro style cupcakes made by The PaperCup Kitchen for our wedding.

The Craft Coop Wedding Event.

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A handmade wedding bouquet by Purely Pretty Things.

The window takeover in the Nicholson Centre is part of a broader Wedding Event from the Craft Coop. Running from the 11 April – 22 May 2016, the event highlights the talent of local crafters and helps support local wedding suppliers by giving them a platform to promote their businesses. The vacant shop window has been transformed into a wedding showcase packed with wedding ideas including handmade bouquets, cakes, cards, room décor ideas and even little tutu’s for bridesmaids.
As an added bonus, the space behind the display will be used to host craft workshops during the Open Weekend on the 30th April and the 1st May. At the Open Weekend you can chat to the crafters, buy some of their items or book their services, try your hand making something ‘weddingy’ or even sample some of the Paper Cup Kitchen’s amazing wedding cakes.

I asked Deborah from the Craft Coop to tell me a little more:

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Deborah Jones from the Craft Coop and Claire Murray from Purely Pretty Things.

Springboard for talent

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Claire from Purely Pretty Things finalising her display for the Craft Coop Wedding Event.

One of the things I love about the event is that it’s giving an opportunity to new crafters to showcase what they do, as well as those that have been up and running for a few years. I chatted to Claire Murray from Purely Pretty Things to find out more.

She was inspired to start her own business in April this year after her recent wedding:

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Claire makes bridal bouquets as well as everyday ‘pretty things’ that people want and need (tote bags, coffee buddy’s, sunglasses cases) …. “you ask for it, I’ll make it … and I’ll make it purely pretty.”

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The bouquets are pretty impressive close up, so much detail and intricacy.

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Button holes to co-ordinate with the bouquets. A great way of picking out the exact accent colour that you need.

You can find out more on the Purely Pretty Things website

There are also several other local wedding suppliers and crafters involved in the Craft Coop Wedding Event:

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Wedding photography by Mary Smith Photography. ‘Capturing real life moments’. www. marysmithphotography.com

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Hand painted wooden gifts for the home and special celebrations. www.jrchic.co.uk

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Marry Mi is directory of local wedding suppliers. A great place to start if you’re looking for ideas and inspiration for a Berkshire wedding. www.marrymi.co.uk

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Bespoke artwork that you create yourself: Make special memories and celebrate your wedding with long-lasting personalised artwork. www.yougetthepicture.uk.com

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Handmade cards, wedding books and journals from Threads Apart: www.threadsapart.com

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Handmade tutus: bespoke soft tulle and silks from Twinkle Toes. (Contact Libby 07739035937)

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Embellished service wear from Caro Lynda Creations (find them on Facebook: ‘Caro Lynda Creations’)

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Wedding cakes from the PaperCup Kitchen www.thepapercupkitchen.co.uk

Feeling crafty?

Claire from Purely Pretty things will also be hosting some craft workshops at the Craft Coop Wedding Event Open Weekend on the 30th April and 1st May. If you’d like to try your hand at creating a bespoke gift or wedding decoration you can book into one of Claire’s workshops. Prices start from £7, including all craft materials. Pick up a flyer from the Craft Coop shop or you find out more and book directly by emailing Claire.

Wedding cake Tasters

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Organising a wedding involves lots of decisions and choosing a wedding cake flavour and style is just one of them! To help you out, there is a wedding cake taster session during the Open Weekend. Nel from the Papercup Kitchen will be on hand to guide you through her delicious cakes. Tough job, but someone has to do it. Make sure you RSVP to The PaperCup Kitchen so there is enough cake for everyone!

About this post

I’m always keen to support Maidenhead and local talent so when Deborah and Claire invited me to take a look at the Wedding showcase, I agreed. As always with my blog, my opinions are my own and represent my personal thoughts and experiences. You can find out more about the event by visiting the Craft Coop shop (next to Iceland in the Nicholson Centre), checking their website or liking their Facebook page.

About me

I write this ‘Maidenhead Mum’ blog to share my experiences and photos of life here in Maidenhead and the surrounding area. It’s an independent blog which I write in my spare time. I think it’s important to help share and highlight some of the great things we have in and around Maidenhead. To read my posts you might like to join my Maidenhead Mum Facebook page. Or, if you subscribe using the box below you’ll get my posts delivered straight to your inbox.