It used to be that if you got engaged in the summer you had to wait for the Autumn Wedding Fayre Season to kick in to get ideas for your wedding. Not any more.
In the last couple of years venues and suppliers have spotted this opportunity so look out for Fayres and Wedding Open Days in your area. The difference between the two tends to be that Wedding Open Days are for the venue to showcase their wedding service with a few preferred suppliers there by invitation only. Wedding Fayres tend to offer a larger number of suppliers, with less emphasis on the venue. Once you have found one you wish to attend, how do you make the best of your time there?
Have a good look around
At the larger fairs the number of stalls could be intimidating, but do have a good look around. The chances are there will be more than one of each supplier, so there is an opportunity to compare their work and see who would be right for you and your style of wedding.
Chat to suppliers
This is also your chance to talk one to one with a range of wedding suppliers, so make the most of it. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, it is useful to us to know what our customers want, and it gives you a chance to get to know us and whether or not we are right for your wedding. It is particularly important that you get on well with suppliers who will be in attendance on the day, such as videographers and photographers. In the unlikely event that you don’t get on with someone, move on! If you wind each other up after 10 minutes, imagine what it would be like over 10 hours.
Collect information as you go
It would be awful to get home and find you are struggling for the name of a particular videographer/ photographer or other supplier that you would like to use. Much of this information will be in your goodie bag, but it is not all guaranteed to be so collect cards and leaflets as you go. At the bigger fairs the day can be a bit of blur and they can prompt your memory when you get home!
And don’t forget to try the cake samples, after all you want your cake to taste as good as it looks.
If you have not yet chosen your dress…
A lot of wedding fayres include a fashion show and these are great for seeing wedding dresses on real people rather than on racks or tailors dummies. Sit back, enjoy the show, take note of any styles, hair dos or accessories that you particularly like and don’t forget to also note the suppliers.
If you have chosen your dress…
Think carefully about whether or not to go to the fashion show. This is not the time to find an alternative to THE dress, especially if you have paid for yours. There may still be some value in seeing the accessories and hair dos, but tread carefully.
Treat it as a day out rather than a military operation and enjoy it. Take a friend or relative who will also enjoy it (dare I say Husband-to-Be may not like looking at dresses and flowers as much as you do).
Come and see me for a chat…
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