We are heading into wedding fair season now, when a lot of you brides-to-be will most probably be attending looking for ideas or inspiration for your own wedding day. We will also be at a number of wedding fairs in and around Birmingham in the next few weeks, exhibiting some of our gorgeous wedding dresses. You can see a list of those that we will be attending below.

Quite often brides turn up to a wedding fair and are almost like rabbits in the headlights. There is so much going on and it is easy to feel a little overwhelmed. So, we have put together our 10 top tips for getting the most out of your visit.

 

Our 10 Top Tips for Attending Wedding Fairs

1. Research

You may have already researched wedding venues, if you have an idea of some you would like to have a look at, see if they are holding any upcoming wedding fairs. This will be the perfect opportunity to see the venue all prettied up and the suppliers exhibiting there will most likely be in line style wise with the venue too. If you were thinking of a whimsical, outdoor, countryside wedding, it may not be particularly helpful visiting a wedding fair in an urban, inner city wedding venue.

2. Go Prepared

Take your wedding inspiration with you. Whether it be your digital Pinterest board on your phone, old school scrapbook, and any other samples of colours or materials you have decided on for your big day. Having this inspiration to hand will really help suppliers exhibiting, to understand your vision for your wedding. The better they understand what it is you’re hoping for, the better they will be able to work with you to get the perfect result.

3. Take Your Time

Set aside the full day and take your time to look round. You won’t get much out of the event if you try and rush around in an hour or so before you shoot off elsewhere. Depending on the size and location of the event, you may even benefit from a little tea break mid fair. It can be really useful to take a break and review who you have seen, who you have liked and who else is around for you to have a chat to. Often visiting a wedding fair can spark inspiration that you may not yet have considered. So it really is wise to take your time and allow yourself to explore fully, everything the exhibitors have to offer.

4. Talk to Suppliers

Talk to as many suppliers as you can. Ask all the questions. This is the perfect opportunity to find out exactly what is possible. Exhibitors pay to attend a wedding fair so they are really keen to work with you to find out what it is you want from your big day and how they can help you achieve your vision. They are your captive audience so get as much info as you can! If there is anything you forget to ask – don’t worry. Hopefully you will have read point 5 and have their details in order to get in touch at a later date 😉

5. Take the Leaflets

Don’t feel that you have to commit to buying or booking anything whilst at the wedding fair itself. Pick up any leaflets, business cards or brochures that are available so you can review all of the different suppliers when you’re in the comfort of your own home.

6. Ask the Questions

Ask the suppliers what offers they have (if any) for attendees of the fair. These offers may also be extended past that specific day. If you’re unsure, ask if they will honour the discount if booked within a certain time – if you don’t ask, you don’t get!

7. Take Cash

It is common to assume all businesses accept card or digital payments nowadays. But often, smaller businesses can’t. So it is a good idea to take cash with you to the wedding fair incase there is something on offer that may be available for cash only. It would be such a shame to miss out because you only carry plastic!

8. Get Involved

There may be make up or hair demonstrations available on the day. Don’t be shy… if you have a style in mind that you have been considering for your big day but weren’t settled on, get involved! Take advantage of the stylists and their knowledge and expertise and try things out. You could also end up walking out of the wedding fair feeling a million dollars!

9. Book

If you meet a supplier, for example a makeup artist that you really love, and they have your date available, act fast. Wedding fair season is when the majority of suppliers fill their diaries for the following year and once dates are gone, they’re gone. Although the other seasons are not necessarily as busy for weddings as summer, certain suppliers may be booked up for other events so don’t take for granted that they will be available because you’ve arranged your wedding for January 10th 😉

10. Enjoy

Visiting wedding fairs, discovering incredible new wedding suppliers and tasting all the cake samples are the fun bits of wedding planning! Enjoy the process. The wedding day itself goes so quickly that the build up to the big day can actually be a really enjoyable part with the wedding literally just being the icing on the cake!

 

Wedding Fairs La Couture Bridal

Will Be Exhibiting At

La Couture Bridal Oxberrow House Wedding Fair

Oldberrow House
Henley in Arden
Warwickshire
Sat 23rd – Sun 24th September
11am – 3pm
For more info or to pre book, please click here.

La Couture Bridal Hogarths Wedding Fair

Hogarths Stone Manor
Kidderminster
Worcestershire
Sun 1st October
11am – 3pm
For more info or to pre book, please click here.

La Couture Bridal Avoncroft Museum Wedding Fair

Avoncroft Museum
Stoke Heath
Bromsgrove
Sun 8th October
11am – 3pm
For more info or to pre book, please click here.

La Couture Bridal Brierley Hill Civic Hall Wedding Fair

Brierley Hill The Civic Hall
Brierley Hill
Dudley
Sun 29th October
11am – 3pm
For more info or to pre book, please click here.