Saturday was my very first wedding fair… and I’ve just about recovered! My lovely friend Rachel (who I might persuade to do a guest post or two in future) came along with me, and despite neither of us being engaged yet we had a really good time – it’s amazing just how many things you know you want/don’t want even when you’re not in full on planning mode! Rachel even found a contender for THE dress…
As it was my first I can’t comment on wedding fairs in general, but this one was busy and hectic, with lots of lovely, friendly and enthusiastic people there. The catwalk show was hilarious when they burst into a choreographed ’dance’ to the ‘Moves Like Jagger’ chorus, and the man in the kilt was quite gorgeous (Kilts seem to have that effect, he didn’t look quite as hot in a normal suit!)
But enough of the comedy entertainment… After I’d recovered with a nice cup of tea, I came up with my top three tips for surviving your first wedding fair.
1. Know what you like…
As a wedding blog reading fiend I already have a good idea of what I liked, and what I didn’t. It meant I could rule out some stalls at a glance. There is a lot to take in at a wedding fair, and even being selective we spent about 3 hours there and were ready to collapse when we got home.
2. …but keep an open mind
This might sound contradictory to the above, but keep an open mind to things you aren’t sure about. I have to admit to being a photo booth snob, everyone seems to have them at their weddings these days and I guess I sometimes judge things too quickly when they become on ‘trend’. But they are brilliant fun (even when sober!) and I am now a photo booth convert thanks to the lovely people from Snaparazzi.
3. Find the vendors who love what they do
A wedding fair is a great opportunity to chat to the people behind the products and services. When you find something you love on the internet you don’t always get to know about the person who makes/does it, but at a wedding fair you get to instantly see if they are passionate about what they do. These are the people that are going to make or break your wedding day so if they make the effort to listen to you, and obviously care about what they do, you’re onto a winner.
I also learned a thing or two about myself at the fair…
I might not love cars, but I do love camper vans
I’m don’t get excited about wedding cars, so it surprised me that my favourite thing about the wedding fair was this fantabulous green VW Camper Van aka Vera from VW Camper Hire. They even have a self-drive hire of their white van, Vernon
I love Tulle
I can’t get enough of the stuff. Of course when my time comes I will try on every kind of dress possible, but I think that tulle might just be the material for me.
I want to DIY the bits I’m good at
As a crafty pair with design & marketing backgrounds Rachel and I realised we could make most of the invitations on offer ourselves, and with our professional hats on few of the invitations made us go wow. My only reason for outsourcing with invitations would be if I found an amazing illustrator or designer who did something my other half and I really loved.
With cakes it’s what’s on the inside that counts
I was really excited about the cake samples (I’m a big fan of cake!) but they were all teeny tiny and tasted like supermarket cakes. I’m sure in a proper tasting session it would be different, but the texture and flavour was lost in the chaos of a wedding fair. There was only a couple of cakes I was really excited about the look of, which has led me to the conclusion that when I find the perfect cake I’ll know because it tastes delicious!
What I’d send to Room 101
Chair covers. Can not stand them. They are ill fitting and the big bows make me cringe. Don’t get me wrong I’m not going to throw a hissy fit at someone else’s wedding if they have them, but I won’t have a whiff of a chair cover anywhere near any wedding or other celebration that I plan!
Do you have any wedding fair tips or experiences to share with other readers? Leave your comments below