Happy Friday folks! My weekend is going to be far from relaxing as I work though all the last minute jobs for Margot’s Outdoor Extravaganza on Sunday! I’m really looking forward to this outdoor festival-style wedding fair we’re hosting with Kissing Gate Events and I pray the weather forecast doesn’t change… at the moment it’s looking like rain, thunder and lightening tonight and Saturday, and then clear skies and sunshine on Sunday!
Our exhibitors are showcasing within the traditional pole marquee, the bell tents are up, we’ve got campervans, caravans, workshops, a horse box bar, horse box toilets, kids activities, segways, a sparkle bar and face painting. See recent post for more photos of the venue and an idea of exhibitors you can expect. We’re also doing a live styled bridal shoot, theme: Electric Love. Think hot pinks, turquoise, leopard print and copper. We have gorgeous dresses from Sophie Rose for our model to wear. It’s going to be lots of fun and we’re featuring the shoot in our next issue.
(Above photos: shoot inspiration photos from Pinterest and Sophie’s beautiful dresses).
I have compiled a list of top tips for couples to consider when visiting wedding fairs:
- Make a day of it. Heck have bucks fizz for breakfast. Get your close friends and family together and make no excuses for talking weddings all day long. Plan to have lunch at the fair. Maybe do an initial recce, sit down for lunch/debrief and then revisit suppliers you’re interested in before tea, cake and another debrief… then a workshop perhaps (we’re doing flower crowns and barefoot sandals on Sunday). Treat yourself to some bridal magazines (the first 50 x pre-booked brides get a free copy of our special issue in their goody bag) and take your time pouring over the inspiration. In the evening don your fluffy dressing gown and stick on My Best Friend’s Wedding.
- Don’t be shy. Don’t skirt around the edge of the fair, make sure you have a good look at everything on offer, speak to the suppliers and pick their brains. This is likely to be the first time you’ve planned a wedding but industry folk have been involved in countless weddings so can give you some great advice and ideas.
- Ask. If there’s something you’ve got in mind for your wedding that you don’t see at the fair, ask the suppliers about it. Wedding suppliers are very creative and accommodating so it’s likely they’ll be able to create, source or point you in the direction of what you’re after.
- Strike a pose. Make the most of anything on offer. Often at fairs you’ll be able to take advantage of mini hair/make up trials. On Sunday, as well as hair and make up, we’ve also got a sparkle bar, face painting and a flower crown workshop. And what do you need when you’re festival’d up to the max, glass of fizz in hand with all your friends? A photo of course! There are always photo booths and photographers at wedding fairs so make the most of them. On Sunday we have Outside & Instant in the marquee and Black Diamond outside with her campervan photo booth. We also have Teddy Pig Photography photographing our shoot and the general ambience of the day. I’m sure she’d be only too pleased to snap a few photos of some happy smiley faces!
- Be cheeky. It’s rare that wedding suppliers take bookings on the day at wedding fairs, so if you’re able to book there and then it’s likely there will be room for a little negotiation on the price, or possible something free thrown in. So if you see something you know you want, be decisive and book your date by paying a deposit.
If you can come along to our outdoor wedding fair on Sunday and want to have a chat with me, that’s fine! I’ve been in the industry for more than ten years and I have loads of ideas and contacts. I love hearing about wedding plans and would be happy to have a chin wag, so come and find me. I’ll be wearing a CHOOSE LOVE tshirt (and probably a flower crown).
Book tickets via Eventbrite www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/margots-outdoor-extravaganza-tickets-55642843242