Hello everyone! So have you ‘done’ a wedding fair yet this year? The season is nearly over but one of the biggies happens this weekend – Brides The Show hits Battersea Park this Saturday the 22nd of March and with well over 100 exhibitors it’s going to be busy, exciting and packed full of ideas. (Click here for your exclusive 25% ticket saving!)
Avoid wedding fair blindness! Make a plan before you go!
I’ve been on both ‘sides’ at wedding fairs: I’ve been to plenty as a visitor, a blogger / reporter and an exhibitor. So I consider myself pretty well qualified to help you get the best of a wedding fair without being completely overwhelmed by the buzz of it all!
- Have a strategy – know why you’re going to the wedding show, plan to book or make appointments with key suppliers and escape before you get sore feet and too many leaflets and flyers!
- Write a few objectives down before you go. For example: “get 3 quotes for photography”, “book dress appointment with Emma Hunt”, “choose stationery designer”.
- Research suppliers online first! Trust me – a big wedding show can be a bit of a maze when you get there so making a beeline for ones you love (and knowing which ones you don’t need to see) will be a big help.
- Note where your suppliers will be – often they’ll put a stand number on their facebook page. It will be sooo much easier to find them if you know where to look!
- Plan your catwalk show times. The catwalks get booked up and busy, so decide which you’ll go to and book your tickets as early as you can.
- Wear comfy shoes – you’ll be on your feet for a while.
- Wear nice, simple lingerie if you think you might try dresses!
- Keep an open mind: there might be a supplier there whose display catches your eye – an accessories designer or calligrapher for example. Wedding shows are a great place to discover those special touches which will make your day stand out from the crowd
- Take your other half, your bridesmaid or your Mum – but don’t take anyone who won’t enjoy the day, or who will push you into decisions!
- Goody bags and leaflets are part and parcel of wedding shows. By the end you might wish yours had wheels – so don’t take leaflets you’ll never look at. Exhibitors will appreciate a polite refusal: it saves them money and saying no sometimes will save your arms, trust me!