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Survival Guide to Wedding Fairs

Your first wedding fair is exciting and dizzying as every exhibitor wants to sell to you and talk about your wedding. You’ll discover new ideas, alternative styles and have so many conversations you’ll feel like your chin is going to fall off by the end of the day! Since the wedding fair season is in full swing, I felt inspired to make this guide for you. Here’s how to make the most of a wedding fair so you come away feeling elated and excited about planning your big day.

Take a friend with you

There are plenty of opportunities for solo planning throughout the wedding process but a wedding fair is just not one of them! Since there are so many things to experience at a wedding fair, it helps to have a back-up. A friend can give you their second opinion on a supplier right there and then, as well as spot things you may have missed ad remember key information you may have forgotten. It also makes for a nice day out to bond with your mate.  I took my friend Nat and we had a great time!

Attend the Catwalk show

Whether you’re shopping for a dress or not, the catwalk show is perfect inspiration for your dress, bridesmaids’ dresses and often suits and flowers. Also sitting front row at a brightly lit fashion show does make you feel quite special. It’s only 15 minutes of your time and well worth a look.

 Try on a dress

Even if you’ve already found the perfect dress, it’s worth having a look at the pop-up boutiques on the fair floor. Often retailers will have special offers if you buy a dress that day or book an appointment with them that day (usually in the form of discounts). 20% off a £1000 dress is not to be sniffed at! You also may find a style that you had never considered before.

You must beware of the public though. Story time!

I found this dress at last year's The Wedding Fair at Bluewater and loved it so much I had to try it on. When I put it on, a woman said to my friend that the dress didn’t suit me and that he should tell me so. After leaving the dressing room, the same woman told me quite abruptly that I was too top heavy for that dress and it didn’t suit me. Now, to put this into context, I am 5ft 7, 8 stone and very thin. My bra size is a puny 30 C. There is no way that I could be considered top heavy in the slightest! I laughed it off but my point in telling you this is when you try a dress on at a fair, you are on display; the public can see you. Don’t let anyone put you down like that lady did to me! If you love that dress and feel amazing in it, no one else’s opinion matters.

Speak to everyone!

Wedding fairs are packed with wedding professionals that are experienced, vibrant and full of wedding wisdom. Everyone has the potential to help shape your ideas and introduce you to new things so it’s worth conversing with as many people as you can! Even if you don’t take to any of the suppliers there, it’s a good way of gauging what is hot in the industry and how suppliers differ.

Enjoy yourself!

There will be musical entertainment, drinks, perhaps even cake samples! Grab as many freebies as you can and bask in the glow of the wedding industry. It’s a warm inviting place so make the most of it!

Here is a quick list of the big fairs coming up in the next couple of months. I definitely recommend attending at least one so grab your tickets before they sell out!:

The National Wedding Show

London - 17th-19th February

Birmingham - 3rd-5th March

Manchester - 11th-12th March The Wedding Fair

London - 14th-15th January North East - 28th-29th January North West - 11th-12th March West Midlands - 21st-22nd October

Have a great time!

Olivia x