A Bride’s Guide: Attending A Wedding Fair
When the euphoria of the engagement begins to fade, that’s when you realize, you need to plan your wedding! Wedding planning is a massive task, and can cause a lot of unnecessary stress. A great way to get inspired and organized is to visit a wedding fair, where you’ll find lots of suppliers all under one roof, showcasing their products and service, and hopefully getting discounts. However, if you’ve never been to one, it can be quite difficult. Being a wedding fair exhibitor for years, I noticed how clients end up their day at the fair accomplishing very little to nothing at all. So I decided to make a perfect guide to navigating a wedding fair, so you’re totally prepared and can get the most out of your experience.
- Pre-register online to get free entrance passes for two. Weddings & Beyond and Themes & Motifs allow couples to register online via their websites.
- Wear comfy flats especially when going to large fairs like Themes & Motifs, which is the Asia’s biggest wedding fair. You don’t wanna walk in heels in a 6,000 square meters hall full of wedding suppliers.
- Take a large bag with you, so you can fit in all the leaflets and business cards, as well as a pair of heels in case you want to try on a wedding dress. Though some wedding fair give free eco-bags. Just to be sure, bring one.
- Do not wear skinny jeans or anything tight. You’ll want to wear something that’s easy to slip on and off, in case you do try on dresses.
- Make sure to check the list of exhibitors about a week before going. Pick 2 or 3 suppliers per category, 3 photographers and 2 make-up artist for example. You can also ask recently married friends for referrals. So when you arrive, you already know where to go. This way, you can save time rather than look for suppliers on the day itself. Believe me, there are thousands of suppliers to choose from and it can be stressful to pick one right there.
- It’s a great idea to write out your name and contact details on sticky postage labels before the fair. This way you can just peel them off and stick them on to information request forms and competition entry forms.
- Take someone with you to help make big decisions, such as picking your wedding cake or deciding on your entertainment, or maybe you need to find a suit, take your groom along with you. If your parents are contributing towards the wedding, it could be nice to take your mom along with you. You could make a girls day out by taking your maid of honour and bridesmaids, you know your best girls can be trusted to give you their honest opinions especially in choosing your Make Up Artist.
- Take cash with you for refreshments, and bring your check book in case you want to pay a deposit for something, as not all places will have card taking facilities.
- Don’t dismiss the floor plan. Larger fairs will offer a floor plan, and you can highlight where you want to go and who you need to talk to.
- Ask for freebies and discounts. In my case as a Make Up Artist, I always give free trial make up to soon-to-be-brides. (I will be making another post on guides to getting your wedding Make Up Artist.)
So there you go, Loves! Take note of these tips. Enjoy the wedding preparations! Oh, by the way! Beauty by Jey Make Up Artistry will be at Weddings & Beyond Wedding Fair in World Trade Center on April 16-17, 2016. See you there!
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