The Pros and Cons of Wedding Fayres

Before I start, full photo credit goes to the UK Wedding Event website. I made sure that all of the photos used were taken on the day we were there – so you can actually get a sense of the vibe we were feeling when we were walking round 😊

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After we got engaged, the main thing people said to me (after congratulations!), was ‘Go to a Wedding Fayre/Fayres’. A lot of Fayres are on Sundays which is one of my work days, so we only managed to get ourselves to one, back in the Easter Holidays. Which some might think was a shame, but honestly, it was a lovely afternoon, a great experience, and we didn’t come away feeling like we needed to source more ideas – we actually had too many!

I’d already done a fairly substantial amount of research by the time we went to the Fayre, hosted by The UK Wedding Event at the Harrogate Sun Pavilions. It was 6 weeks after our engagement, and by this point we already had the venue booked, colour scheme decided, and I’d sat for hoursssss on Pinterest looking at centre pieces, flowers cake, decor ideas… (Yes, organisation Queen is in her ELEMENT with this wedding planning malarkey!) There’s SO many ideas out there for any kind of wedding, and social media has proved to be a WONDERFUL tool (particularly Etsy, but I’m going to come back to that another time).

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I’ve put together a list of Pros and Cons about the event. Obviously, this is totally personal so I’m not claiming it’s the gospel truth, but I thought you might be interested 😊

PROS:

Meeting Local Suppliers:

One of the things that Ed and I had decided quite early on, was that we wanted to source as many LOCAL suppliers as possible. For a multitude of reasons, but the main two being:
a) We want to support local business
b) We have so many ties to the area (including him proposing at Knaresborough Castle)…it just felt like a really nice bow to tie our whole relationship together.
THIS was where the Wedding Fayre really delivered. We were able to meet local businesses (it turns out that one company that we’re definitely going to go with LITERALLY lives round the corner from us!), that we wouldn’t have found had we just sat on Google. 

Getting Ideas:

This is the main reason for all of my friend’s Fayre recommendations…there’ll be things there that you won’t find scrolling through Google or Pinterest (unless you have a million free hours). There was a guy at ours for example who did engravings and carvings into a variety of objects for place names, seating plans etc etc. I’d never have thought of using a mirror engraving as a seating plan, but there you go!

Goodie Bag:

YESSSSS who doesn’t LOVE a goodie bag?! With The UK Wedding Events team (who organise Fayres all over Yorkshire), you get a canvas tote on arrival with a floor plan of what’s where, and a bunch of wedding magazines and flyers. You’ll pick up more little freebies as you go round, but my fave (obviously) were the food stands 😉 Stood in Valley Gardens, eating strawberry/champagne fudge is NOT a bad way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

Spending time with your fiance:

Ed and I live together so we see each other every day, but because of work and house stresses the last few months, we’ve not had an awful lot of time to spend together in a ‘going out and doing things’ sense. I value every minute I spend with him anyway, but getting out of the flat and doing something adventurous or different is always lovely – and fun! 
As much as anything else, it’s nice to be able to start your wedding journey together. I know lots of partners will have different plans for who does what, as it’s not possible to do everything together. So being able to spend some time ‘wedding-ing’ (just the two of you as well, without any family or friends present) is really special. Especially when you’re recently engaged and it’s all still new and exciting and a bit weird, and people keep on congratulating you!

CONS:

Businesses going for ULTRA HARD SELL

I would definitely recommend going with a BIT of an action plan about what you want (or perhaps more accurately, what you DON’T want), because some people will try to do the HARD SELL. And I mean like, jump down your throat before you even get to their stand and won’t let you leave without signing up to their mailing list. So BE STRONG and just say no 💪 (Politely of course, you don’t have to barge past them, by all means have a conversation with them…but stand your ground). 

It’s Busy

We went later in the day in an attempt to avoid the crowds (although this COULD mean you miss out on freebies, but it was a risk we were willing to take). And it paid off for us getting there at 3pm, but I can imagine it being very cramped in there earlier in the day.

Getting emails MONTHS later from companies you had no idea existed

Kind of linked to the Hard Sell point I made. This is the problem with anyone you show any interest in…they insist on you writing down your name and email address. Which is great to essentially get a free reminder a few days later about the suppliers you liked, but I got a GDPR email from a random company a few weeks ago, which sent me into a mild panic: the name wasn’t anything to do with weddings, and it took me Googling the website link to realise it was a wedding ring company! Panic over, it wasn’t a stalker. But I’d totally forgotten I’d even given them my details. We weren’t interested in the slightest but I felt bad for the guy who had very few names on his sheet, so I suppose I’ve contradicted my earlier statement. At the end of the day though, it’s totally up to you how you choose to spend your experience; a s**t ton of emails might be a help to some, but may be a nuisance to others. 

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All in all, they’re great events to attend, and whilst there are a couple of cons, they really don’t outweigh all the pros – and this post wasn’t necessarily about reviewing the experience, it was to give you a general idea. I hadn’t read much about what to expect from a Wedding Fayre when I googled ahead of our visit, so I’m putting this out there in the hope it finds someone who really needs an honest opinion. OR, maybe you just fancied a nosey…it seems people are curious about wedding related thangs!

If you’ve enjoyed reading this, stay tuned by subscribing/following my blog because I’ve got plenty of other wedding post ideas! 😊

Lynette x

Post Show Sign Off…


So the time has come for me to do a post show sign off. It’s now a week since we did our last show and bid a fond farewell to The Sunset Strip. Can you believe that? A week already? 

But we had THE BEST TIME.

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We knew that we had fun with the show in rehearsals anyway, but getting it on stage with the set and our live band just took it to that next level that we needed. And when the audience came in, again, it took us to a new level.

My shoutout goes to Friday and Saturday night’s audiences who were on their feet, joining in, heckling in the appropriate places – it’s hard to explain if you haven’t been on stage to experience it, but energy like that gives the cast a new lease of life, an extra push 👍

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And it’s nothing special, more for my lovely cast… but I put together a little backstage video like last year. My plan was to have much more footage so I could do an interesting behind the scenes tour…but it was such a busy show, I spent very little time with my camera: so I failed MASSIVELY with that plan 😂 But at least I tried 😂 

There’s not much more to say other than a massive thankyou.

A thankyou to the incredibly talented cast for being a joy to share the stage with. A thankyou to the creative team and backstage helpers for being equally brilliant and hilarious. A thankyou to the SICK band we had (and I’m sure there will be several audience members who join in with this thanks too, as the eye candy was spectacular). And last but by no means least, our RIDICULOUSLY amazing Director and MD, Louise Dension and Jim Lunt. An incredible duo of whom so many have the upmost respect. Can’t wait to work with you again ❤️️ 

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And now, I sign off. It’ll be back to my regular blog posts from now on, for the first time in 4 months! God knows what I’m going to talk about, but thankyou to all those who have tuned in to HSAP’s ‘Rock Of Ages’ posts 😘 

Don’t Stop Believin’ 🤘

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Lynette x

P.S. All photo credit goes to Bob McLennan

IT’S THE FINAL COUNTDOWN…


(Today’s challenge Lynette – fit as many RoA song references into this post as possible – GO!)

Here I Go Again

I Wanna Rock because It’s The Final Countdown – IT’S SHOW WEEK!

I’m sure I’m not alone though when I say I Can’t Fight This Feeling of excitement for Rock Of Ages this week! The show feels like it’s in a REALLY good place, and now we’ve had chance to run it a few times and clean some sections, we can really just get on with having Nothing But A Good Time!

It’s such a feel good show, it’s just a 2 hour long party 😂 If you love comedy and your 80s anthems, The Search is Over because Rock of Ages ticks those boxes! We’re Not Gonna Take It if you don’t come and visit us – you need to get yourself to Harrogate Theatre in the Shadows of the Night between Weds 18th and Sat 21st. CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS.

And HERE is this year’s promo vid! (Full disclosure, I’m not trained in the art of video editing – I’m just a dance teacher with a camera and a YouTube channel) 😂

So Come On Feel the Noise if You Want To Know What Love Is, and Don’t Stop Believing! 

Lynette x

P.S. I managed 11 song references – you’ll have to come to the show to find out what the rest are 😉

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The Cast Step Into Costume…


Arghhhhh it’s getting so close to show week now! With only a week to go, the cast stepped into costume for the first full run of the show.

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It’s always exciting to see the show run in costume, it suddenly feels real and things start to make sense – for instance, it’s been one thing to see Alex strut around in his cowboy boots for the last few weeks…it’s been another to see them paired with tight leggings, fur coat and long blonde wig. That’s right, you’re in for a real treat! 😳😂 

Not only is it good to see how it LOOKS, its good to see what does and doesn’t work with bits of costume. CAN I dance in those boots, IS my dress going to roll up, AM I going to be too hot in a jacket, IS my wig going to stay in place, CAN I do a lift safely in this costume without slipping. Not all of those are my issues can I point out, I’m just doing a lot of assuming here based on previous experience 😂 

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Not only that, it’s trying to work out your quick changes. If you’re mega organised, you’ll try and plan your costume based on how long you have to change into it. It IS easy to get carried away though, find the perfect costume and realise you have 20 seconds to change your entire wardrobe. Although from what I saw yesterday, the RoA cast seem to be on it, there weren’t too many panics! Of course, there are a COUPLE of issues, but we’ve got time to practice – and that’s part of the reason why we practice in costume 🙂 #OrganisedCast

And the final point to make – the show FEELS different. It adds another level; you can really start getting into it, and the characters come alive! It’s so much easier to rock out in boots and leathers than trainers and a baggy t-shirt 😂

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So to wrap up the costume post, what can you expect? Lots of leather, speedy changes, a few wigs and thigh high boots. And some angel wings. Oh, and some lightsabers… Yehhhhhhh that’s right, there’s a right exciting mix of stuff thrown into this show – it’s been creatively written 😂

ALSO THIS WEEK, HSAP were on Stray FM! Charlotte, Luke, Alex and our Stage Manager, lovely Liz, were talking to Beth about all things ‘Rock Of Ages’. If you missed, it, you can have a listen HERE

See you next week WITH OUR PROMO VID! So stay tuned for a sneaky peek!

Lynette x
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The Rock of Ages ‘How To’…


RIGHT ladies and gents, today I have a REAL treat for you! I’ve been looking forward to doing this ever since I got asked to blog for HSAP and I started thinking up ideas…

This week, I bring you our ‘How To:’ video! 

For the first time you get to meet ALL of the cast members, as well as see the most relevant rock moves/choreo in the show! Some may seem a little bit out there…but ALL of them are totally relevant and happen at least once on stage…after watching the video you can either choose to take that as a promise or a warning 😂 

I’m not going to say much this week, I want the video to do the talking! Happy viewing, and thankyou to the wonderful cast for just being themselves, going full out, and having fun whilst shooting the footage 😊  Oh, and please pretend the music is actually decent? Anything official or official sounding, YouTube told me off for. So this is as good as it’s gonna get from an amateur like me 😂

Don’t forget to book tickets so you don’t miss out! 

Lynette x
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Welcome Back to the Strip…


Welcome, (whether that’s for the first time or tenth time)! It feels like a long time since I wrote a full post myself…all of our ‘Meet the Cast’ posts during summer were written by each individual in response to a list of questions. I thought some of the responses (particularly the ‘Most Embarrassing Moment Ever on Stage:’) were an absolute TREAT! If you missed any or want to read more, head to the Home page, they’re all listed there 🙂

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It’s been two months (to the day, I just checked!) since I shared the ‘Wrapping Up For Summer‘ post, and despite having had only one recap rehearsal during summer, we’ve cracked RIGHT on, all guns blazing, no holding back, since coming back together a couple of weeks ago! No pussy-footing around for HSAP 😉

I guess we had to, there is/has been a lot to do in very little time. I think the thing with this show, is that the ensemble are involved in quite a lot of the songs and scenes. Whilst in other shows it’s common to have a couple of the principles duologue-ing (I just made that into a verb, yes) alone on stage, it’s very rare in Rock of Ages that you have less than 5 or 6 people on stage – it automatically makes it a bigger, longer job. But it’s perfect for the show, it’s much more of a group effort and party atmosphere – which is what you want 😉

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We’re now part way through blocking Act 2, with the view to finishing in the next week and a half or so, then we’re into cleaning and running the full show! Which is scary, that we’re at that point already – BUT IT’S 3 WEEKS TILL SHOW WEEK so I guess we’re right on track! (I popped that in caps lock to try and scare my fellow cast mates a little) 😉

Ticket sales have done well (based on how far we are from performance), but now it’s getting closer, those are really going to pick up. Make sure you book your tickets ahead of time to avoid disappointment! I always add the link at the bottom of my posts, but today I’m going to make it really easy and pop the link → RIGHT HERE ← which’ll take you STRAIGHT to the booking page! No trawling through all the ‘What’s On’ stuff!

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Until then…

Lynette x
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Meet Justice…


Welcome to the FINAL of the ‘Meet the Cast’ posts! And I’ve saved the strong sassy queen till last…20182990_10155685123198013_1113933999_n

Name: 
Lucy Evans

Character name: 
Justice Charlier

Tell me a bit about your character: 
Owner of the Venus “Gentleman’s Club”, Justice takes on the ‘mother’ role of the girls who work for her. She picks Sherrie up off the street when she has no where to go and no where to live.

Favourite song in the show and why:
‘Dead or Alive’ … because it is simply a bl**dy fantastic song!!  

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Favourite dance move in the show: 
Standing at the top of the stairs (well…on a chair in rehearsals) – it’s all I’ve done so far.

Most embarrassing moment ever on stage: 
Cracking my head open during an all female production of Romeo and Juliet, within which I played Tybalt. When Romeo stabbed me, my dramatic death took me half way into the wing… where there was an amplifier primed and ready to split my head open! Shame it was only the dress rehearsal! The audience could have witnessed real blood!

Favourite pastime out of theatre: 
Being on TV quiz shows…if you’re a Pointless watcher, look out in the next few weeks!! 

Why you should come and see HSAP’s RoA:  
You’d be seriously mad to miss it! I have done many a show with many a talented cast and this is something special! So, give me a reason why you wouldn’t…

And that’s it! ‘Meet the Cast’ is over!

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There are a LOT of characters, and some that I’m afraid I don’t have time to introduce you to. But, these have given you a bit of insight to the show and the characters leading us through it. If you missed any, CLICK HERE to take you to the home page – they’re all there, listed from newest to oldest 🙂 

I hope you enjoyed meeting our incredibly talented principles, they’re all amazing and such lovely people as well. From next week, you’ll get to see/hear more about the entire company – seen as rehearsals are in full swing now post-summer!

We’re now only a month away from the show, so make sure you get your tickets, they’re selling fast!

Lynette x
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Meet Regina…


Today, I bring you the penultimate of our ‘Meet the Cast’ posts! Now parts of this one really tickled me… 😂

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Name:
Charlotte McCamley

Character name:
Regina

A bit about your character:
Regina is a fun, hippie, all about saving the earth girl who is passionate about saving The Sunset Strip when it’s about to be demolished. 

Favourite song in the show and why:
This is a hard one but I’d have to say either ‘We Built This City’ or ‘Don’t Stop Believin’.

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Favourite dance move in the show:
Probably slut dropping (am I allowed to say that??)

Most embarrassing moment ever on stage:
I WAS VERY YOUNG!!!! I was a dancer in a pantomime when I was younger and there was a scene where I had to come on as a ghost, well my friend went on stage and fell so I started laughing but couldn’t stop and I needed a wee so you can guess what happened. But then I slipped as I went on stage in my own wee 🙃

Favourite pastime out of theatre:
Sleeping 

Why you should come and see HSAP’s RoA:
I’ve been involved with HSAP now for 3 years and they are such a lovely company to work with, we end up all being like one big happy family as we all enjoy the same things. The shows are of a high standard and the amount of hard work we all have to put in deserves a big audience every night! Also ROA is an enjoyable show and you can even sing along to it!!!

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She’s so kick ass 😉 And just a little bit hilarious, thanks Charlotte for giving us all a little chuckle this afternoon!

Tune in next time for the FINAL of our ‘Meet the Cast’ posts!

Lynette x 
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Meet Franz…


Welcome back, today I introduce one of the villains(?) of our little show…

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Name:
Luke Wilby

Character name:
Franz Klinemann

Tell me a bit about your character:
Well Franz is a flamboyant German, who works for his father Hertz. He has a big heart and just wants to please everyone. Over the course of the show you will see Franz change and hilariously stand up to his father.

Favourite song in the show and why:
Has to be ‘Don’t Stop Believing’, because it’s just a great feel good song.

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My cheeky twerk at the start of the show.

Most embarrassing moment ever on stage:
Ripping costume so I flash to an audience member, tripping up some stairs in the middle of a solo. There’s been many, but that’s what makes it fun.

Favourite pastime out of theatre:
Eating and sleeping, oh and I love a good candlelit bath.

Why you should come and see HSAP’s RoA:
Because I’m German and camp and it has great songs in it.

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Thanks Luke… So it’s not ALL hard core rocking out, there are camp elements to Rock Of Ages too…I mean, what’s not to love?! 😉

Lynette x

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Meet Stacee…


As promised, today I bring you our resident Sex God! In the words of Lonny – “Ladies love him. Guys want to BE him! And his band? Well they hate his guts.” …You get the idea.19988875_10155656553598013_1923918421_nName:
Alex Bradbury-Hall

Character name:
Stacee Jaxx

Tell me a bit about your character:
Rock god with an unmatched sex appeal.

Favourite song in the show and why:
‘Every Rose Has It’s Thorn’. It’s a beautiful song.

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Favourite dance move in the show:
My hip thrusts.

Most embarrassing moment ever on stage:
Falling backwards in the middle of a death scene.

Favourite pastime out of theatre:
Seeing Starlight Express in Germany.

Why you should come and see HSAP’s RoA:
‘Cause it’s gunna be awesome! Plus the songs are incredible and the hair is ridiculous.

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Alex was the first one to send back his questionnaire and I told him he got gold star. I don’t joke about gold stars. So here it is bro… 😂
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Lynette x
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