The Secrets to Getting the Most from a Wedding Fair

 At wedding fairs I bring along a fresh bridal bouquet so you can have a go at holding one, most people say they're surprisingly heavy! Photo by  Sophie Carefull

At wedding fairs I bring along a fresh bridal bouquet so you can have a go at holding one, most people say they're surprisingly heavy! Photo by Sophie Carefull

Wedding fairs are a hubbub of creativity, floral ideas, magnificent cakes, fresh inspiration and new wedding ideas. They can also be a tad overwhelming, especially if you’re asked when the date of your wedding is about 20 times! I’ve written a guide to mastering the art of wedding fair browsing, so you don’t miss your dream wedding supplier because you’re in a rush to get back to the car and escape the wedding overwhelm.

1.       Scope out the suppliers before you get there.

Instagram is a great way to do this. Wedding fairs will usually release a list of all the suppliers who’ll be at their fair. If a photographer or cake maker catches your eye, even before you’ve got to the fair, then you know who’s stand you’ll be heading straight over to once you get there.

2.       Bring a bag with room to spare.

You’ll be given lots of freebies, sweets, business cards and special offer fliers. Chuck these in your bag to look through once you’ve get home and put your feet up. You never know, someone might be offering 20% off a honeymoon to Bali.

3.       Write your email address down for the suppliers you like.

There’ll contact you directly after the fair and save you time and energy (always a fan of that!). You can also give the wedding suppliers details about the date and style of your wedding so they can give you ideas and info tailored especially for you.

3.       Try all of the cakes (probably don’t need to tell you this one twice).

When you try all of the cake flavours you’ll discover who makes the dream sponge. From my wedding fair experience, the cake suppliers give their cake tasters away at the end of the day so you’re doing them a favour when you eat their samples.

4.       Do more than one lap of the room.

There’s so much to take in that it’s better to re-visit stalls a second time round after a mini pit-stop tea break. Take the whole room in by first wondering round and you’ll see which wedding suppliers you’re drawn to and then visit them for a chat on your second lap.

If you’re raring to go on your next wedding fair visit, I’ll be exhibiting at The Happily Ever After Creative Wedding Fair at the Brighton Racecourse on the 9th of September and The Bannatyne Spa Hotel Hastings Autumn Wedding Show on the 14th of October. Come and see me to say hi and pick up your free illustrated wedding check list. If you're unable to attend the wedding fairs this year, you can follow me on Instagram for wedding flower inspiration, just click here.

 Once you're home you can put all your favourite wedding supplier business cards up on your wedding notice board. Photo by  Sophie Carefull

Once you're home you can put all your favourite wedding supplier business cards up on your wedding notice board. Photo by Sophie Carefull

Alex Barton