This past weekend saw Saloca head off into Wedding-land, taking my Mum along to our first wedding fair. So far, I’ve not done any planning outside of Pinterest and let’s be honest, aren’t wedding fairs just Pinterest IRL?
I had zero idea of what to expect, but I was excited, I had my free bride ticket in one hand and the other was waiting for the prosecco! If, like me, you’re a bride-to-be (or day dreaming about your own someday-big-day) with zero idea about what to expect with your first soiree into the wedding world, here’s 7 things you can expect at your first wedding fair!
Every single stall we even blinked next too gave us things. Tote bags, price lists, brochures, information packs, mailing lists, pens, cookies (those where my favourite stands FYI). I expected to pick up a couple of bits but, wow, pretty sure I dragged half a forest of supplies home with me! There are clearly things I should have said no to but at the time, everything was pink and sparkly and screamed wedding, I got a little carried a way! Make sure you take a bag as only one stall had a tote bag for us to put things into, and feel free to say no!
The ladies and gents working these stalls do this for a living and chances are, this is your first time stepping into the wonderful world of weddings. They know exactly what to ask, I actually ended up feeling a little bad for not having all the answers for them. The more information you can give them, the more accurate a price you can discuss. That being said, turn it around and use their industry knowledge to your advantage. I started telling vendors that I was a newbie bride with no clue, some were genuinely so lovely, and helpful, the sales pitch long forgotten and tips and tricks being shared. Some, not so helpful, but in those cases, take the free Haribo and run!
Don’t judge a bride by their coat
One vendor, who shall not be named, almost broke my little bridal heart. There’s a local venue I have been desperate to check out, it’s a complete in my wildest dreams venue, a million miles out of my budget, but hey, a bride can dream can’t she? We made a beeline for their stand only to be met with an immediate attitude, a long, slow, judgemental look up and down and, “You do know our packages start from…” as a greeting. Kill these people with kindness, then proceed to bitch about them with other vendors, this made us feel much better!
Take advantage of the services on offer on the day
Hands down, the highlight of the afternoon had to be getting my engagement ring cleaned as we discussed wedding bands with a vendor. It’s only been two months since it came out of the box but the difference was amazing! It’s back to being extra sparkly and even more eye catching! So many vendors were offering services, from taste tests to brow shaping and filling, ring cleaning and more. Take advantage and make the most of what they’re offering!
Set up a folder or separate email address
You will sign up for a million and one mailing lists on the day, so be prepared to be inundated with emails from vendors making enquiries and passing on additional information. I’ve set up a separate folder on my emails to put these into, but with hindsight, I wish I had set up an entirely new email address - I know for a fact I put my email down for things I’m not interested in. If there’s any information you want specific to your wedding, ask them to send it on! We mentioned a venue to one photographer who said he had photographed there but had no work with him to show, so I asked him if he could send along some shots from the venue. Venues are going to be selective with the images they display, so if you can find a photographer who has worked that particular place, ask to see as many images as possible!
Take a break
Not only are you on your feet for hours, carting around brochures and price lists, but your head is bound to be battered with more unanswered questions and new ideas. Take a break! Step outside the venue if you can, making sure to ask how to get back in, you might need a handstamp or wristband. Go away, discuss, then head back in for round two. You might have had an epiphany over a brew and realise theres something you forgot to ask a vendor your really interested in. Now’s your chance to head back in and chat with them.
Pick and choose
Don’t feel as though you have to stop at every stall. If there’s a venue miles out of your area, or you already have your dress, save yourself some time and just hit up the stands that have what your looking for. I’m pretty sure we won’t need wedding cars, so I didn’t bother getting any information this time around, and I won’t be having an ice sculpture so just kept walking. Not only do you not want to waste your time, or the vendors time, but other brides and grooms time too. If a vendor was chatting I kept walking and made a point of going back when they were free.
Have you been to a wedding fair yet? How did you find it?
Until next time,