Yesterday I participated in Tie the Knot Wedding show as a vendor! This was my first time participating in a wedding show in Ottawa since moving to the city in 2012. I found it to be the perfect show to start with, because it was curated with a small selection of vendors per category and it is a medium sized show compared to others in the city. The appeal of Tie the Knot was that it is created and put on by two amazing women in Ottawa, and they only include local vendors and try to stay away from having booths from big box companies at the show. This makes for a unique experience for both the vendors and the show attendees.
My epic logo sign
When I set out to design my booth for the Tie the Knot Wedding show, I wanted to make sure it would be true to my new branding. The first thing to be done, was a sign. After lots of research I settled in wanting a wooden sign, but then, once I started looking for someone to make it for me, things got difficult. I got lots of ‘rejections’ saying my logo font was wayyy too thin. I started to get discouraged when I finally got a referral to get in touch with Jacob. Success! He was so accommodating, professional and easy to work with – and you can see for yourself, it turned out AMAZING! Like EXACTLY what I wanted – and I will never stop starting at it! He even devised a way to hang it that is much more simpler than what I was thinking.
After hours of pinteresting, I knew I wanted a lush and organic element to my booth design and I contacted Rasha at Pearl Decor to see if she could help me form my vision. She suggested the Italian ruscus that I ended up going with! I spent a good 2 hours stringing each piece with fishing line so that I could create the ‘floating’ illusion against the elegant white drapery that was set up by the PD team. It was worth it though, because the results were far beyond my own expectations, and the booth was a hit with everyone that came by.
I re-finished this chest myself, it was a walnut color before. A few nights before the show I sanded and primed it. Then I did the first coat, before my husband decided to take over (I think he was slightly annoyed by my fast pace, he likes to take his time with DIY projects!). I wanted to be fancy and bring custom flooring and something to sit on, but I had to figure what could and could not fit in my car, and the roll of faux wood flooring wasn’t happening for me. Next show I think 😉
Giveaway + Raffle
As part of the show, I did a giveaway for a styled engagement session. The winner will be drawn and e-mailed directly after the draw this week! The raffle was for the custom cake ‘Best day ever’ topper generously donated by Jacob, featuring my logo wreath – so cool! A set of Mr + Mrs coffee mugs, and a linen notebook from Indigo. The winner will also be drawn this week, so keep your eyes on your inboxes.
I don’t know about you, but I know getting a sweet treat from any show is always a plus! I had chocolate covered Oreos, Earl Grey and Mint Chocolate Macarons, as well as a Quinoa cookie (GF, Vegetarian, Nut Free) – because everyone should have options! And they were all SO good.
As part of my services, I am now offering photobooths – and so it was with me at the show. Guests had a ton of fun posing with their friends + families, it you grabbed a photo at the booth you can download it here.
Overall, the day was a great success – I met so many wonderful couples and got a chance to chat with some vendors at the end. The day passed by so quickly, and I am excited to work with some wonderful brides + grooms next year!