Wedding fair season has begun!
Attending Wiltshire wedding fairs is a great way to combine a venue visit and meet lots of inspirational suppliers at the same time. This double wammy saves you a lot of time and effort. If you’re still at the stage of choosing your venue then the Guides for Brides wedding directory is a good starting point to help you find the right Wiltshire venue for you. As it says on the site
‘If you are looking for a venue for your wedding reception or civil ceremony you are in the right place. We have listed all your local venues, whether you prefer something historic or romantic, traditional or unusual, grand or cosy. Most venues that are licensed for civil ceremonies offer a complete package from the ceremony through to the evening reception, and if you are marrying in a church or registry office you will be free to choose any venue, regardless of whether it has a civil ceremony licence.’
A directory is also a good place to find venues that you may not know about.
And the same goes for Wiltshire wedding fairs. Across the county there’s a large selection of wedding fairs to consider.
Should you be thinking of attending a Wiltshire wedding fair, this blog should help you decide which ones are the most appropriate for you to attend.
Because it’s a big job to decide which venues and which wedding fairs you most want to attend, we’ve put together a handy guide to wedding fairs in Wiltshire – and in general:
- Do your research!
Find out what’s going on and where it’s happening. In this Google is your friend. As is social media. It’s a good idea to follow wedding venues and suppliers on social media. Be a regular visitor at your newsagents for wedding magazine.
For Wiltshire weddings fairs, a regional on-line wedding directory such as The WhiteWed Directory is worth bookmarking. The Wiltshire Wedding fairs website is another useful portal. As is: https://www.weddingfairs.com/venues/wiltshire/ – though of course there’ll be some crossover between some of them.
Having found out what’s on and where, the next things to think about are:
- Who’s exhibiting
- Are there any practical classes/demos and or catwalks?
- Do you want to see a particular supplier?
And read any write-ups or reviews you can find from previous events.
2. Start shortlisting
Okay. You’ve got the information on what, when and where. Now it’s time to sift through them and see if there are any that are particular suited to the type of wedding you want.
For example, if your heart is set on a boho/festival/glamping wedding there’s no point in knowingly going to a wedding fair with the focus on vintage.
Things to think about when shortlisting potential wedding fairs are:
- The location of your wedding
- The time of year
- Your wedding style
- The suppliers and/or inspiration you’re looking for.
With all that in mind ask yourself: ‘What’s the deal breaker for you? What can the Wiltshire wedding fair or venue open day offer you that makes it imperative you attend.
Work logically through these two steps and you should have a list of wedding fairs and/or open days that you want to go to.
The next thing then is:Buy a ticket! or pre-register. Sometimes wedding fairs are ticketed. Do check that beforehand because no-one wants to have to queue to get in. Particularly not if the weather is bad. Like many things, it may also cost more to pay at the door. At some fairs the pre-registered attendees often get a special goodybag with lots of goodies and offers from suppliers.
3. Make a list of priorities
Depending on how big the wedding fair is, you might not be able to get around everything so go armed with a list of who and what you most want to see.
If it’s possible, get hold of a floor plan or exhibitors list then you want lose precious time finding the people you most want to see.
The same goes for any seminars or masterclasses. Work out in advance what you most want to see.
4. Make a plan
There’s no need to map out SMART objectives in advance but listing some realistic aims will be helpful. For instance, finding a photographer and deciding what style of wedding cake you’d like.
At least that way you’ll leave the event feeling you achieved something.
5. Plan what you need to take with you. Here’s our suggestions:
- Flat shoes and blister plasters. If it’s a large event you could be on your feet a lot.
- Suitable clothing and a pair of heels if you’re intending to try on dresses.
- Swatches of your colour scheme and fabrics.
- Water! You need to keep hydrated if you want to avoid a headache.
- Cash and a credit/debit card
- Your diary/calendar – then you can schedule appointments with any suppliers then and there. And DO talk to them. Don’t give a quick glance and walk away. You’ll not learn enough about them that way!
Should you need any further advice about Wiltshire wedding fairs then get in touch with us. We’d be happy to have a chat and throw ideas around.
And for further advice on how to get the most out of a wedding fair read our blog ‘How to Survive Wedding Fairs.’
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