We are delighted to announce our partnership with the amazing folks at Chic Elite Wedding Fayres.

Run by founder, Kelly Thorne, they are an event organising company who have been running successful wedding fayres in the UK for around 4 years. They’re also now a social enterprise with admirable ethics.

Kelly Thorne, partner of The Word Forest OrganisationKelly explains, “Its a great job and I’ve become quite involved with two small charities I’ve met along the way. One asked me to come to Gambia with them to make a film about sponsoring children. The other charity is the Word Forest Organisation, whom I met at my Exeter fayre in 2017, where they exhibited their fantastic wedding forest service. Totally inspired by these proactive social entrepreneurs, I decided to build a social element into my Chic Elite company.”

She continues: “We’re pledging to plant a tree in Kenya for every single bride that visits our fayres and we’re aiming to plant around 3,000 trees by the end of 2018 – that’s a huge Chic Elite forest! We’re committed to running an environmentally friendly event that helps happy couples-to-be and supports children’s education in Kenya and Gambia. I love the idea of direct action. None of this donating to huge charities and not knowing where your money is going. I love that I’ve met the communities in Gambia and I visit them every year or so. I also intend to go to Kenya to make a film once our trees have been planted too.”

The next Chic Elite Wedding Fayre is on Sunday 14th January in Cornwall and following that, on Sunday 28th January, they’ll be at Exeter Racecourse again and our team from Word Forest will be there, talkin’ Wedding Forests!

If you’re planning on tying the knot this year, why not book a ticket to experience rooms filled with the best wedding exhibitors, live music, entertainment and there’s even a car show outside too. The Chic Elite ‘I’m Getting Married’ fabric bags will be packed full of goodies and discounts, promotional offers, as well as a free Wed Magazine and you can reuse the awesome bag long beyond your wedding day.

Click here for tickets and the full schedule of Chic Elite venues throughout 2018 and if you’d like to help, or want to find out more about the events, check out their website, or email Kelly at [email protected]

The Team