January and February are an ideal time of year to start planning your wedding, as many venues hold wedding fairs as well as some of the bigger, nationwide shows such as the Wedding Journal Show, Bride of the Year, Ultimate Weddings, Southern Brides and Dream Weddings taking place around the country. These shows are great opportunities to find your dream wedding venue, meet with local wedding suppliers such as photographers, florists, stationers, videographers, dress designers and honeymoon destinations, and many suppliers offer special discounts when you book at the show. If you’ve just started the planning process though, it can be a daunting experience as these shows are often very busy and you will meet so many suppliers that you can become overwhelmed. Today we’re discussing our top wedding fair survival tips to help you make the most of the day.
You are going to be on your feet for several hours, especially at the bigger national wedding shows, so make sure you wear comfortable footwear. You might get the opportunity to try on a wedding dress so ensure you are wearing comfy clothes that are easy to get on and off, with support underwear that will look smooth under a dress. It’s also a good idea to bring a large shoulder bag with you, as you will be given lots of fliers, business cards and samples as you go along.
Get a List of Exhibitors
Find out who will be showcasing at the wedding fair before you go – you can decide who you want to go to see first and avoid getting distracted by other similar suppliers. If your favourite suppliers are very popular, arrive early and get to them first to see if they have your wedding date available to avoid disappointment.
Bring a Trusted Friend or Family Member
It’s important to bring someone with you – if your fiance can’t make it to the wedding fair, bring a friend or family member whose opinion you trust and value. They can give you a second opinion or stop you from being pressured into making a decision that you’re not 100% sure of. The wedding suppliers you’ll meet are often self-employed business owners or sales professionals and will be trying their hardest to get you to sign on the dotted line!
Bring Cash or Cheques
Not all suppliers will have credit card facilities and will require a booking deposit from you to secure the date. Bring some cash with you or preferably cheques as this is safer, and ensure you keep your bag secure at all times as there will be so many people in attendance.
Bring a diary or ensure your phone or tablet has a good appointment diary function so that you can set up appointments to meet with suppliers to discuss your wedding requirements further.