The Wedding Affair Perfect Planning Guide… Wedding Fair Survival
Good morning, loves!
We’ve woken up in a faaabulous mood today as it’s our favourite day of the week. Of course, you know the drill, it’s #weddingwednesday which mean’s it’s #weddinghour this evening (happy dances all round). We’re the proud owners, and host #weddinghour every Wednesday between 9-10pm, over on Twitter. It’s the perfect excuse for us to talk even more non-stop about weddings, everything pretty and hand out plenty of advice,too. Today, the topic is all about wedding fairs.
As always, whether you’re a Bride, Groom, supplier, venue, magazine, blogger or even a wedding fantasist; we’d love you to get involved with the beautiful conversation. Let us know your idea’s, fairs you’re attending and tip’s for getting the most from a wedding show.
We all know that a room full of exhibitors all waiting to turn your wedding dream’s turn into a reality can be a daunting thought. Where do you start and how do you get the most from attending a wedding fair? It can be overwhelming to say the least. Below, you can read our top tip’s for wedding fair survival and how to soak up the most inspiration… just in time for wedding fair season too, eek!
Do your research!
How do you work out which wedding fairs and venue open days are right for you and are therefore worth attending?
Well firstly, you need to know what’s going on and where! The Wedding Affair is a fantastic place to start; alternatively look online, in wedding magazines or start following wedding venues and suppliers on social media. Don’t feel as though you must stick to one venue though, have a shop around to get the best offers and see what you naturally fall in love with.
Once you know what’s going on and where, look to see who’s exhibiting, whether there are any catwalks, DIY classes, Hair & Make-up tutorials and whether there is a cocktail bar, which is obviously an essential, right?!
Be that super-organised bride –
Wedding fairs give you the opportunity to meet suppliers and see, first hand, the quality of their work, their expertise and personality – something you cannot always get a true feel for over the telephone or online.
Be armed with business cards with your contact details on. It will save you from writing your e-mail down numerous times and give you more precious time talking with suppliers, getting to know them and explaining your vision of the day. Take a note pad, sticky notes, and your wedding scrap book/ any inspiration you may have. Also, it may be worth taking a list of suppliers that you need to talk to, this will help you to prioritise your time and keep you focused.
We promise you it will all come in handy on the day!
Bring your A-Team
You’ll need some support at a wedding fair. Someone to stop you from drinking one to many Prosecco’s or to get you out of a sales pitch for something that you don’t honestly need. Bring help.
But make sure you invite people you know aren’t going to rile you with their opinions, be too pushy, or complain about how much their feet hurt when you’re only on your first lap of the venue (we’re looking at you, boys).
Honestly. No matter how cold it is outside, with all the people milling around and the goody bags/gifts/magazines you’ll be handed, you’ll be glad you left your coat in the car and brought your favourite shoulder bag. Comfortable shoes are a must. There isn’t a lot of seating at wedding fairs, so pack light and you will be thankful that you did.
Take advantage of what’s on offer.
Free cake samples, canapé’s, Prosecco and hog roast’s are hands down the best part of wedding shows, whether you’ve chosen your cake already or not. There’s bound to be tasty treats on offer somewhere in the building, and you don’t want to be too full to try any of it. Remember, this is your chance to meet, and taste what delicious delights suppliers have on offer. Usually, you’d have to book a consultation for all of that.
Also, if the wedding fair you’re visiting has a reseraunt or some sort of catering facility, take advantage of this. Need a tea break? Why not pre-book for an afternoon tea treat for you and the girls. How about a spot of fine dining? And, if you enjoy the food, that’s another thing you will know you love about the venue you’re visiting.
Learn to Say No, Thank You
Exhibitors and suppliers at these gigs are used to people saying no, so there’s no need to indulge that sweet photographer lady or Italian honeymoon rep in a lengthy chat if you’re really not interested. There’s plenty more to see, and you won’t hurt their feelings!
Like we mentioned earlier, if you set out a list of who you need to talk to then you won’t be so overwhelmed. Suppliers understand that you have a budget and that you may have already booked/have someone else in mind. Be polite, chatty where needed and always honest with who you’re chatting too.
What are your tips for wedding fairs? We’d love you to let us know in the comments section below.Alternatively, let us know your thought’s in #weddinghour this evening, 9-10pm over on Twitter!
Have a lovely hump day! x