Catering company’s first independent wedding a success

Dawn Gracie with Jonathan Ward
Dawn Gracie with Jonathan Ward

A CATERING company owner dealt with a lack of wedding fairs in Chichester city centre by creating his own.

Jonathan Ward, of Jigsaw Catering, said in six years of running his company there had not been one in the city where he could promote his product.

“I was frustrated by not having the ability to do this in my home town of Chichester,” he said.

“There are one or two that do occur through the year but the vast majority tend to be miles away from the city.

“With this in mind I decided to set up a new venture Unique Wedding Fairs and find venues to host my own.”

The event was held at Edes House, in West Street, on October 26.

The house is often hired out for weddings and Jonathan said after some persuasion West Sussex County Council let him take over the house for the wedding fair, in what he described as a ‘huge gamble’.

He said more than 130 visitors came through the door to see the 18 exhibitors.

“It’s quite refreshing to know that West Sussex County Council has allowed this to happen and in turn generate themselves extra income which can hopefully be put back into the county and Chichester itself,” said Jonathan.

He said 18 businesses had the chance to get themselves in front of people in the heart of their catchment area and generate new business.

He thanked Dawn’s Vintage DO for providing entertainment, as well as Natalie Miller Photography for their help on the day.

He said hopefully the fair could become an annual event.