Once wedding season comes to a close, wedding fair season ramps right up! We have already seen a number of incredible fairs including the biggest in our region - the National Wedding Show at the Birmingham NEC (planned again for Feb 2020 if you missed it!). But there are so many more in the calendar over the next few months that we thought we'd put together our top 5 tips to get the most out of your visit to wedding fairs.
As we mentioned above, there are so many wedding fairs around over the next few months, how on earth do you choose which you'd like to attend!?
Google events is a fantastic tool for finding wedding fairs near you. You can also check out other directories such as the wedding guide or hitched, or look for local venues and follow their social media pages for planned open days where suppliers will also be exhibiting.
Once you have a list of what's on locally - or in your chosen wedding destination of you're planning a wedding in another area and are hoping to source suppliers local to there - have a think about what you are most hoping to get out of the visit. Perhaps you already have a dress and a photographer, but are looking specifically for wedding cake suppliers, or bridesmaid dresses. Have a look at the exhibitor lists and make sure this tallies with your expectations and hopes for the day.
Once you've settled on a wedding fair to visit, pre-book! Numbers may be limited, there could be an increased charge on the door... or perhaps attendance is free, but by pre-booking you may be entitled to a goody bag with other bits and bobs in that you may not otherwise receive!
3. Make a plan
Particularly with larger fairs, you may struggle to get around every stand or chat to every supplier. So it's useful if possible to get a floor plan of the event and along with the list of exhibitors, ensure the must see's are first on your list, with any others making their way towards the end of your visit.
There are also catwalk shows, or masterclasses that you may want to make sure you catch. So having an idea of what time those are happening and working your conversations or stand visits around those, will ensure you get the absolute most out of the day.
4. Talk to the suppliers
Even if you're not certain that you are interested in what the supplier is offering - never mind ready to buy - engage in conversation and use this time to gain as much information from everyone as possible! Suppliers invest a lot of time and energy into these shows and love nothing more than being able to share their knowledge and expertise. Also, what they have available to see at the show will be just a snippet of what they have to offer. So if you see a stylist stand for example but don't like that particular table set up, find out what else they have available.
Even if you don't buy on the day, take a business card or leaflet with contact details on, because a good conversation can mean a supplier sticks in your mind for all the right reasons - so that when you are ready to buy, you have a much clearer idea of who you would like to approach.
5. Go prepared
You've done all this research beforehand, the last thing you want is to get to the wedding fair and think 'Oh no, if only i'd...'! We'd suggest:
Note book to jot down any ideas or people that you want to remember
Heels if you're wanting to try on dresses
Swatches of fabric and examples of your colour scheme to show potential suppliers
Diary - so you can schedule appointments there and then!
Whatever stage of wedding planning you are at, we wish you all the very best. Enjoy this time as it's often just as fun as the wedding day itself.
And don't forget, we have a beautiful range of wedding dresses and bridesmaid dresses here at Lief Bridal Boutique in Birmingham, as well as a gorgeous offering of bridal accessories. Pop on over to our appointments page if there is anything we can help you with and we'll make sure the kettle's on ready for your arrival!