For all you brides-to-be out there, it’s now that time of year that we call ‘wedding fayre season’!
If you’ve never been to a wedding fayre before, and you’ve still got a few things to tick off on your ‘to-do’ list, then I really do recommend you coming along.
What is the point of a wedding fayre?
A wedding fayre will give you a great opportunity to meet with many wedding suppliers, from florists, cakes, bridal wear, cars all the way through to photographers.
A good wedding fayre will host a whole variety of suppliers and ensure that there isn’t too many of any one genre, which ultimately will give all the brides that walk through the door more choice. No bride wants to walk into a fayre to see there are 6 photographers and only one bridal wear company – it can happen… some fayres will book tables to duplicate suppliers regardless of their genre as they need to fill exhibitors space. That might be great for the organiser’s wallet, but it certainly won’t be offering the bride a beneficial experience.
In addition to that, some venues will also use the opportunity to have a room or two fully set-up to showcase how their facilities could look on a given wedding day to help people visualise what they can offer them.
Meeting suppliers in the flesh and not via an online profile page
Now, you may well point out that you can find all the suppliers and venues you ever need at the end of your finger tips with the help of your good friend Google, and you would indeed have a point.
However, the true benefit of a wedding fayre is moving away from the cyber world and providing you with the opportunity to meet the ‘real’ people and their physical products that you might be investing in.
When it comes to your wedding, we’re talking about an extremely important day, not to mention an expensive one – you want to make sure you’re getting things right, and that you’re selecting the right suppliers who you believe will provide you with the best product and the best experience.
This is very difficult to do online, yes companies and suppliers may well have mighty fine all-singing-and-dancing websites and branding that looks amazing, but what are they like as a person, we quite often forget that these people are part of their brand and their product and you can’t easily analyze that through a web page.
There is no substitute for meeting people face to face, you will soon pick up a vibe as to whether they are someone that you want to entrust carrying out a role on your big day. You can also thoroughly vet the quality of their products through the physical form of touch rather than make judgements remotely from photos – trust me, this is such an important thing that I really do advise all couples to do with most if not all of their suppliers if possible.
Plan ahead – 4 useful tips!
Make sure that you plan ahead – as with any supplier that you still need to hire, have a think about what questions you might like to ask them – write them down and take it with you to the fayre. That way you can then ask them when you’re talking to them directly, it will not only satisfy your concerns but also potentially save you time in having to meet up with the supplier again in the future.
Take a bag with you, there will be a lot of printed literature and business cards on display from all the suppliers, this will allow you to take home the ones that you’re interested in without losing them on your way around the venue!
Special offers – some suppliers will run a special offer for any brides that book there and then on the day, it might be a discount and or possibly includes a freebie of some kind. If you’re happy with the supplier and their products and feel that you want to book them, then you can do so there and then and take advantage of their special offer!
Another good tip is that if you are heading to a specific wedding fayre, have a look around to see if there are any other fayres also going on in the area – you could possibly combine the two and visit both one after the other, which will give you a further measuring stick to compare the venues and suppliers.
Join us at our next fayre
Don’t forget, we’ll be at the In Toto Events wedding fayre at The Sutton Holiday Inn on Sunday 8th Feb from 11am – 3pm – why not come along and meet the wonderful local suppliers that I personally know very well?
In Toto Events generally run their fayres so that there is only one supplier of each genre, so you won’t be faced with the prospect of looking at 5-6 of the same type of suppliers and you’ll enjoy the excellent variation.
It’s also FREE Entry – so what’s there to lose?
Hopefully see you on the 8th Feb!