Magpie Wedding embraces all things creative for your wedding day; from the flowers to the dress, from the photography to the styling. We want artisan, unique couples to enjoy discovering new styles for their day, in a relaxed environment – be it the blog, the wedding show, BOND Bride magazine or the directory.
Our aim is to showcase a creative luxe design but with an ethical edge. Our core values are inclusivity, well-being over weight loss, being ethically minded, supporting UK indie businesses and holding feminist values.
For the vintage lovers out there – fear not, we still are the place to find true vintage and antique dresses and accessories – we will never stop promoting this ethical and stylish way. We were the first vintage wedding fair in the UK and are proud to write about it in the national press.
Each show has fabulous suppliers, useful talks to inform and experiences to inspire, live music, cake and a cuppa, the opportunity to go VIP and above all, an ethos that celebrates you! So no teeth whitening, no weight loss, nothing that makes you feel anything less than beautiful.
The Ethical Wedding Show
Every supplier has been handpicked for The Ethical Wedding Show, not just for their gorgeous product and impeccable service, but because they too care about the planet.
>They have worked hard to reduce their plastic use before, during and after your wedding.
>They have introduced vegan versions to give more choice, and because they care.
>They have been clever with recycling or up-cycling in their designs as well as after your wedding.
>They source locally to keep their carbon footprint low.
>They embrace pre-loved or vintage.
But this doesn’t mean quality has dropped. Neither does it mean they don’t deliver the creative luxe weddings we are known for here at Magpie Wedding.
WHY THE ETHICAL WEDDING SHOW?
Being ethically minded in your life choices and therefore your wedding choices is one of our core values and always has been. Let’s face it, choosing vintage which is where we began, is a great way to be eco-friendly, cut down your carbon footprint and recycle (and look good too!). We know that our couples love the planet as well as each other so want to have a positive impact on their spending for their big day. They don’t want single-use plastic. They want to know that their venue follows good practices with their recycling and supports local businesses. They don’t want a load of tat from China.
HOW ETHICAL WILL THE SHOW BE?
We are firm believers that a million people embracing being ethical imperfectly is better than a few people doing it perfectly. Therefore we have designed a 5 point criteria for our businesses with everyone involved having to meet at least 3. This therefore means they may be less good at one aspect – but overall they are making a difference. And want to.
We could have called it The Ethical-ish Wedding Show. or the Ethically Minded Wedding Show. But that gets a bit wordy so instead, we promise that everyone involved is doing their bit.
The 5 points are:
SUPPORTING LOCAL – to bring down their carbon footprint, to support communities and small businesses here in the UK.
NO SINGLE-USE PLASTIC – reducing plastic use overall and cutting out single use plastic
BEST RECYCLING PRACTICES – using recycled materials, and recycling afterwards
CARING FOR WILDLIFE – adding a large vegan choice, not using chemicals that harm nature, and generally loving the planet
SUPPORTING OTHER ECO INITIATIVES – supporting charities, reducing waste, donating after the day, excellent working practices, hand making items that last forever…..