Going to a wedding fair can be a great source of inspiration and useful for finding suppliers, but they can also be very busy and overwhelming for some couples just getting started with the wedding planning! Have a read for some of my top suggestions on how to get the most out of going to a wedding fair so it's a positive and useful experience for you.
What Do You Want To Know?
Think about what you want to get out of a visit to a wedding fair, as this will help you decide what type of fair to visit. Are you just getting started with your plans and looking for ideas and to see what possibilities are out there? If that's the case, then visiting a large wedding show such as a national or regional fair will get you on the right track.
On the other hand, if you are looking for specific suppliers, smaller, local fairs will be better suited to you. Less busy, these types of fairs will give you the opportunity to chat properly with suppliers so you can make connections and see if you feel like they are a good fit for you and the vision you have in mind for your wedding.
If you have a specific theme in mind for your day, look for fairs that include suppliers who cater to that style. There is a rising trend of alternative fairs that showcase a lot of suppliers who offer something a bit different to the norm, you never know what gems you could find!
Finally, if you've booked your venue and they are holding a fair, try and visit as they most likely will be showcasing local suppliers who they work with often so they will be highly recommended by the venue itself which is always a good starting point.
Have A Plan
Now you've decided what type of fair you want to visit and why, make sure you have a plan on the day. You may choose to pick up all the business cards and leaflets of certain types of suppliers that you can and check out their websites later on your own without the 'pressure' of a wedding fair, or you might prefer to go chat to specific suppliers to see if they feel like a good fit for you. Whatever way you want to do it, make sure you have a plan to get the most out of the experience.
Don't Get Stressed
Wedding fairs can be stressful. Large fairs in particular can be tough as they can be crowded and full of suppliers doing the hard sell or offering discounts if you book on the day. Don't let yourself feel rushed or harassed and if you start to feel hounded, just tell them that you've already booked that kind of supplier (even if you haven't!) and they will leave you alone.
Following on from my point above, planning a wedding is a fun and exciting time so try and enjoy the experience and buzz of a wedding fair, even if it is crowded and busy. Make sure you pick up lots of business cards and leaflets which you can take home and pour over with your partner in your own time (and with a nice glass of wine!) and have fun discussing the possiblities. The actual wedding day can go by in a flash so do take the time to try and enjoy the planning process, it can be a lot of fun!