With wedding fairs coming around almost every weekend it is time to start getting clued up on them. Most people will only go to a handful of wedding fairs, depending on what packages/suppliers are included with the venue.
Full package venue
Many wedding venues offer what would be best described as a full package wedding. This includes suppliers that are recommended and sometimes the only option that they work with closely. A full package venue typically includes; DJ, Toastmaster, Venue dressing (table cloths, chair covers, centrepieces). A package like this you will only need certain things from a wedding fair, such as; Cars, Entertainment (photobooth), stationary, cakes, floristry and of course suits and wedding dress.
Speak to you venue and see if they have got a wedding fair on. This is great to see the venue dressed and get a better idea of how your wedding day will look.
The approved supplier
A great deal of wedding venue’s only allow certain suppliers for their venue. I know when I got married at Thornton Manor, they have certain DJ’s, Caterers and pop up bar suppliers. You have to use one of these suppliers, this is mainly to keep the image of the venue, also as they know how each other work, and the standards that are to be upheld. If this is the type of venue you have then it’s great to speak to you venue, as they will traditionally have them all their at the wedding fair so it gives you a better chance to speak to them.
The open book
Some venues offer a blank canvas, this means you don’t get any extras included, it also means you can have whoever you want for whatever part (within reason I’m sure). They typically will have some recommended suppliers, but you don’t have to use one of them. With this in mind, it will be very beneficial to do your research on your favourite suppliers and where they are exhibiting.
Get a great deal
Exhibitors at wedding fairs typically offer deals and discounts. This is a great chance and one that is often missed by just booking. You get to meet your supplier and also get a great deal. This being said, be prepared to pay a deposit on the day. Generally you get the offer is you book on the day, but you will normally have to secure with a deposit.
Don’t be afraid to speak to a supplier
Suppliers aren’t there to bombard you and push you into a sale (not the decent one’s anyway). So don’t be afraid to go speak to them, ask about a discount and if it’s not right for you then there is no obligation. Suppliers are there gathering their own information also, such as what people are looking for and the budget. This helps suppliers going forward to tailor their own packages. So you help them, help you and future brides and grooms.
Book in advance
For wedding fairs it’s a great idea to book ahead. If it is a paying event, then you generally can get cheaper ticket prices. If it is a free event then it’s not as important however, it helps the organisers so they can ensure they have enough material/ gift bags ready.
Our wedding fairs
We will be exhibiting at the following fairs;
17th February- Bolton School with Little White books https://www.weddingfairs.com/fairs/wedding-fair-at-bolton-school-wedding-events-bolton-17th-february-2019
3rd March- Rochdale wedding show http://www.rochdale.gov.uk/events-and-activities/events/Pages/rochdale-wedding-show.aspx
9th-10th March- The National Wedding Show at Event City https://nationalweddingshow.co.uk/#
Have Fun and come say hi if you see us!
Alice Ada Bridal