Love and marriage… like a Hackney carriage

Hackney Downs London E8 © ∂å

IT’S OFTEN said that marriages are made in heaven. But are Hackney and its hipsters made for marriage?

You might think not. In April, however, a wedding fair (a term that just might fill male readers with dread) flounces into Hackney.

Why? Sara Smyth, an organiser for a firm called A Most Curious Wedding Fair, tells Loving Dalston: “Hackney has the mashup of bohemian/hipster style that we can convert to a wedding setting at our shows.

“Boho or not, Hackney couples are still marrying – they just want to inject their everyday style into their big day.”

So Smyth and her boss, the firm’s founder, Rebecca Hoh-Hale, will take their show to Hackney Downs Studios. They were trying to avoid the “conference room” look of some wedding venues. “The venue is cool,” Smyth adds, “with its concrete floor and minimalism.”

Smyth says the fair will showcase design-led suppliers and include fashion shows, music entertainment and A Most Curious etc’s Bridal NEXT! awards, “a platform for emerging wedding designers”.

How popular is getting hitched? The Office of National Statistics says its provisional analysis of latest figures shows that the number of marriages in England and Wales rose by 1.7% to 247,890 compared with the previous year, 2010.

Publicity picture by Joanna Millington for A Most Curious Wedding Fair
Publicity picture by Joanna Millington

Civil ceremonies have risen in number by 64% and most marriages were among 25 to 29-year-olds.

No pressure, then, to find that life partner before dirty 30.

Hamish Scott 150114

* A Most Curious Wedding Fair, Hackney Downs Studios, 17 Amhurst Terrace, Hackney E8 2BT, Sat 5 April 2014, 10.30am-5pm. Tickets £5 in advance, £6 on the door. Good disabled access. VIP/press evening Fri 4 April 2014, 6pm-9pm, £10, in advance only. 

* Headline alludes to black cabs and a 1950s pop song. Ask Mum. Main pic: the Downs.

* Loving Dalston and A Most Curious Wedding Fair have devised a Valentine’s Day 2014 offer. All you have to do is find this Twitter posting and RT it. Or copy and paste this to your followers. It is self-explanatory but there is a plethora of rules below it for anyone interested in detail: 

@lovingdalston Double-passes for @CuriousParties wedding fair in #Hackney Sat 5 Apr to first 5 people to RT. Rules at

These are the conditions:

Applications can be sent by all UK and international residents, excluding employees, agents (or families of such employees or agents) of A Most Curious Wedding Fair, Loving Dalston and anyone else connected with the administration of the competition or their immediate families.

The winner will be selected by the organiser of A Most Curious Wedding Fair in conjunction with the editor of Loving Dalston. The successful applicants will be informed in the week starting Monday 3 March 2014. No cash alternative to the tickets.

Winners will be notified initially via Twitter and asked to contact A Most Curious Wedding Fair with an email address, to which tickets will be emailed, or allocated by another arrangement. All tweets relating to the competition may be used in publicity campaigns.

All personal information supplied will be used by A Most Curious Wedding Fairs and by its associated partners solely for the administration and management of the offer. Applicants may be asked if any contact details given can be used for the sending of offers and promotional material in the future, and can refuse permission. Personal information will never be passed on or sold to third parties.

* Congratulations to quick Tweeters @JulietteG, @tenpasttwelve, @CSimpsonDesign, @Probeautyschool, @smartwbook and @knot & pop, who were the first to repost the tweet as stipulated. Some of you may spot that six double tickets, rather than the five promised, are being issued. That is because A Most Curious Wedding Fairs decided that one tweeter who retweeted without using the required words would receive a bonus pair of tickets.

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