Everything you need to know about wedding fairs
So, you’re attending a Swindon wedding fair? Or you’re starting to think about attending wedding fairs in Swindon but you’re not sure where to start. After all, wedding fairs are so commonplace now that it’s not possible to get around them all.
How on earth do you work out what Swindon wedding fairs and venue open days are of interest to you?
Here’s the Fab Gift Boutique guide to wedding fairs.
- 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 Swindon weddings a regional on-line wedding directory such as The WhiteWed Directory is worth bookmarking. Some popular Swindon wedding venues might also have their own directories such as this one with the Holiday Inn.
Having found out what’s on where the next things to think about are:
- Who’s exhibiting
- Are there any practical classes/demos and or catwalks
And read any write-ups or reviews you can find from previous events.
Create your action plan
- 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.
So 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 Swindon 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! Sometimes wedding fairs are ticketed. So 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.
- Make a list of priorities
Depending on how big the wedding fair is you might not be able to get round 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 won’t 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.
- Make a plan
Have a plan of who you want to speak to and what you want to see, at least that way you’ll leave the event feeling you achieved something.
- Plan what you need to take with you. Here’s our suggestions:
- Flat shoes and 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 Swindon 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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Until next time,