Decisions, decisions, decisions…. When you are planning a wedding you will have a myriad of decisions to make. The venue, the dress, the caterers, the photographer, the entertainment: the list goes on and on. Once the initial excitement of your engagement fades the wedding planning can feel a little daunting. So, where to start? Visiting a Wedding Fair can be a good idea.
Wedding Fairs are a shop window for the goods and services you might want for your special day. Attending one can save you hours of trawling the internet. Everything you need is collected together under one roof where you will have the chance to talk to the exhibitors and see if you have the necessary rapport with them. You can view the products and services on offer. The impression you get will be much more realistic than simply viewing a website.
The next wedding fair at Patshull Park Hotel, Golf and Country Club is on Sunday 29th September 2013 from 11am-3pm with free entry. We have gathered together a great range of wedding suppliers and services from across Shropshire and the West Midlands. Come along and visit our beautiful wedding venue and wedding fair and meet our Wedding Coordinator and her colleagues.
We asked some of our exhibitors for their top tips to make sure you get the most out of your visit to a wedding fair.
Jess Dudley – www.bostinbakes.co.uk
“It’s really important to meet with your wedding suppliers face to face. You need to know you feel comfortable with them. Are they approachable? Would you feel able to tell them that you wanted to change something about your order? It’s also really useful to bring along swatches of material and examples of colours you want to use if you’ve chosen them or bring along inspirational photographs. It can help suppliers get a better idea of what you want for your special day”.
“We would suggest keeping an open mind when you attend a wedding fair. They are great places for discovering all sorts of exciting wedding suppliers and services. Make sure you ask plenty of questions. It really helps you to establish what you are paying for. For example, we chat to our couples about what their money buys them. We have experienced DJs who can read a crowd and get a dance-floor buzzing. That’s what they pay for. We work with our couples and suggest they keep their request list short allowing our DJs to do what they do best”.
Vicky Hughes – www.booweddings.co.uk
“Do your research before the fair & plan your visit. Check the wedding fair web site prior to your visit for a list of exhibitors. Exhibitor stands can get quite crowded on the day so it helps if you can make a list of services that you still need to book and prioritise which exhibitors you particularly want to see and spend time talking with. Choosing wedding vendors and collecting endless leaflets at wedding fairs can often seem quite overwhelming; Having a good idea of what you want to accomplish before you arrive will help you make the right choices and the whole experience a lot more enjoyable”.
Heidi Bateman – www.1st-impression.biz
“Take the opportunity to have a good look at what exhibitors offer. They should have plenty of examples of their work and photographs and reviews to look through. It is especially useful if they have worked on Weddings at your venue previously. You can get a real feel of what your wedding might look like. Finally, don’t be afraid to ask for a discount for booking then and there on the day. Many vendors will agree to get your secured booking”.
Louise – www.theflowershoponline.co.uk
“I always suggest to my brides to compile a scrapbook or ideas book which should include likes and dislikes. This is great fun to put together and helps to keep the pressure off from trying to explain what your ideas are. This is a great tool to share with wedding suppliers as it enables them to quote more accurately. One final tip is to always keep a swatch of your colour fabric in your purse and scrapbook. It’s a great way to ensure that you select the perfect colour match”.
Jim Fox – www.avant-cars.co.uk
“We recommend bringing someone along with you for a second opinion and to bounce ideas off. They might help you to think more practically and not get too carried away. It’s also important to have discussed your budget for each element of your wedding before you attend. It helps you have a much more realistic idea of what you can afford and therefore avoids disappointment”.
The next wedding fair at Patshull Park Hotel, Golf and Country Club is on Sunday 29th September 2013 from 11am-3pm with free entry.
For more information about the Wedding Fair or about booking your wedding at Patshull Park Hotel, Golf and Country Club please call our Wedding Coordinator Jo Guest on 01902 709855.