Nearly every bride, at some point during her wedding planning adventure, will ask “should I go to a wedding fair?” We say, without any doubt whatsoever: absolutely YES you should.
Here is the thing, you will always be someone’s valued customer – but at a wedding fair, you are so much more: you are the bride herself and you’d enjoy yourself. Below are some reasons why you should attend a wedding fair:
It’s great fun: Attending a fair may seem a bit too much like work, but not if you go with the right attitude – treat it like a fun outing that may bring unexpected yet delightful benefits (like finding all your vendors in one place). You’ll get lots of freebies ranging from magazines and samples to free champagne and scented sachets. And it’ll be an unforgettable experience, its a life time experience.
Find your key suppliers: There is simply no other place to meet so many suppliers face-to-face, and many brides will book a supplier not just because their work looks amazing, but because they make a really good impression – pleasant, reliable, easy to talk to, confident.
Get tons of inspiration: Even if you already spend every waking hour on Pinterest, or surfing the net for ideas, nothing compares to seeing it all in person. This is a great advantage of wedding fair – there are so many suppliers, you’re bound to see a huge selection of all kinds of things, from stationery to honeymoons. You’ll see things you never even thought of before, and also things you thought you fancied… until now. Take pictures of everything you like and you may have your wedding all figured out by the time you go home. This is an absolutely fantastic opportunity for all brides who don’t know what kind of wedding they want – just come and see.
Check out trends: Suppliers usually bring a selection of items to please everyone – both the traditional brides and the trendy ones. With so many displays in one place, it’ll be easy to see what’s hot and interesting right now and for next year. A great idea is to chat with the suppliers about what other brides are asking for – you’ll get tons of great suggestions you may not have thought about yourself.
Get fantastic discounts and freebies: For a supplier, attending a wedding fair has to be worthwhile – many will prepare a special offer for the show; this may be a reduced price on their services, or something extra with a booking. It doesn’t mean that you have to make a decision right there at the show – you’ll probably want to discuss any bookings with your hubby-to-be, especially if you have a tight budget. Get all the details, make sure the supplier has your name, and ask for the expiry date on the special offer. We guarantee there will be some far too good to pass up.
Ask all the questions you want: Whether you attend a big or a small event, it’s a good idea to talk to as many suppliers as you can. If you see something you like, go for it – ask ask ask. Ask about them, ask about their experience, their best-selling products or services, suggestions, anything at all. You’ll get immediate answers – far more efficient than sending emails or telephone calls that may not be answered right away.
Find out what you don’t want: Finding what you like is as important as finding what you DON’T like. Real weddings and photos you see online convey nothing but beauty but what looks good in a picture may look different when you see it in real life. For example – you may think a particular theme is your one and only… until you see some examples up close, and you decide that actually maybe not. Or, you have your heart set on very traditional invitations – then you’ll see a really unexpected sample on display at the fair, and the traditional style will be but a memory.
Gowns: Fashions happen to be the biggest draw at any fair, that’s why most of them put on a full-out catwalk extravaganza with music and choreography. Even smaller fairs have fashion shows, and attending one is a real highlight of the fair. You get to see tons of gowns (camera comes in really handy here, as does a notebook), on models and on hangers, and you can try them on to your heart’s content. Beware, on a very busy day there may be longer waiting times, especially at top boutiques. And don’t make any decisions right there and then – have pictures taken of you in the gown and go home to think about it.
To get motivated: Let’s face it, there’s a lot of procrastination that comes along with planning a wedding. Attending a wedding fair can help motivate you to refine your guest list, book that last vendor you need, or even write your wedding vows. Being amongst other couples who are in the same shoes you are can really make this whole wedding thing feel real. It is happening, get motivated and get planning.