Wedding shows are a great way to seek ideas, inspiration, join workshops, be connected to local, national and internationals suppliers, see and touch products in all their glory and get to know the face behind a brand. The majority of businesses you need to book for your wedding are service providers, like a photographer or make up artist for example. They are going to be with you not just on the run up to the day, but for key moments of the day itself, up close and personal, so to put it simply, you need to like them and you need to build good rapport, suss them out and the first way to do that is to connect. In real life.
Being able to absorb wedding planning with like-minded couples is also another added bonus. No-one gets what you’re going through, more than other wedding couples.
Depending on the size of the event, wedding shows can also be quite overwhelming, with a lot to see and do, so here are a few tips to help you reduce overwhelm, maximise your time and get the most out of your visit.
Pre-book your tickets. Especially those that are smaller shows, or those that have VIP offerings as they sell out quickly at popular shows.
Grab your hands on a copy of the exhibitor list when you arrive, or take a look online in advance (if you’re able) and highlight any services you need or want to find out more about. Make a note of where they are situated so you know where to find them when you arrive.
If you don’t know what you want, all the better, there will be staff and suppliers on hand to guide you. Go with an open mind, be open to looking at all of what the show has to offer.
If there are any talks, workshops or fashion shows you want to see, be sure to pre-book tickets (where possible) or arrive around 15 minutes early to get a good seat. These expert attractions fill up quickly!
Wear flat shoes
Seriously. If you’re anything like me I made the mistake of not doing this the first time I went to a wedding show. Never again. You’re likely to be on your feet for a good few hours, so go for comfort over style (it PAINS me to tell you this, I love a sexy heel!) You will lose patience and your tolerance will start wearing thin with any crowds and meeting suppliers if your feet are aching!
Make a day of it
Take your partner and or your favourite people and spend the day together. Pace yourself and make sure you stop and have lunch to keep your energy up. Take advantage of any catwalk shows, demonstrations and workshops with wedding experts – they are there to serve you, some of these experts charge an absolute premium for 1-2-1 services, so don’t be shy and take advantage!
Go first thing in the morning if you want to take advantage of less-footfall and more time with exhibitors. Wedding fairs generally gather momentum from midday onwards.
Be savvy – If you’ve found your wedding fashion or you don’t want to view a catwalk show, now’s a good time to visit your favourite exhibitor stands, they will be nice and empty. (But, I will say if you are coming to Nu Bride The Wedding Show – our catwalk show will have you at hello – it will be hard to miss!)
Take your time
If you’re not sure about a product or service, don’t feel pressured to buy on the day. Whilst some suppliers may offer show specials they are usually valid for a short while after the event with a show special discount code. Quality suppliers understand the importance of making the right decision for your day and will not pressure you to make a purchase there and then and will be happy for you to go away, arrange a follow-up and have a think if you need to. All that to say, if it feels right there and then – buy it it or book it!
Food glorious food
Take advantage of caterers and cake bakers offering free samples. This is a great way to test the taste and quality of their food before booking or paying for a consultation. Plus, who doesn’t like free food.
The only way you can book live entertainment and be confident in the quality is to hear and preferably see the act live. Many wedding fairs have entertainment throughout the day, this will be a key component of Nu Bride The Wedding Show, so spend a moment to stop and listen, do they make you feel something and also look at the impact they are having on passers by. Are they drawing people in, or are people not paying much attention?
Grab a Goody Bag
Most shows will offer some form of goody bags (with actual goodies in them if you are lucky and not just flyers and tanning lotion) which often include special offers and a brochure with all of the exhibitors contact details, so if you’re not quite ready to book a service just yet, or you didn’t quite get round to meeting someone who’s work you loved, you have their details when you are and can reflect over
Nu Bride The Wedding Show is an exciting new wedding experience for chic couples planning modern marriages taking place on the 5th – 6th April 2019 at Contemporary luxury venue Camden House. Don’t miss out- click here to book your tickets
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