Our very first Wedding Wednesday post
Lee-Anne’s Wedding Wednesday came about after meeting many brides over the years getting married and having been one myself I know too well how stressful planning your wedding day can be. Wedding photographers blogs are great and allow you to see a fuller part of the wedding and what you can expect from your wedding photographer on the day of your wedding, but they show you lots and lots of stunning pictures but they don’t really tell you anything that would be useful in helping you get to that part of those stunning pictures. So I thought I would start writing weekly blog posts with lots of different things and not only about photography but to give readers a bit more inspiration rather than just lots of lovely pictures to look at!
Where has this year gone, we are already sitting on the start of the wedding fayre session again, so with that in mind, I thought with it being the first thing we attend as a newly engaged bride to be, it was the best place to start for my wedding Wednesday blog. If you are about to attend your first wedding fayre, they can be pretty scary if you have never attended one before, with most fayres holding on average around 70 exhibitors they can be very overwhelming till you find your feet! Believe me, wedding fayres are scary even for me as an exhibitor let alone for you the bride, so how do you get the best out of the wedding fayre you are attending and not get overwhelmed with all the “free” offers or “money off”.
Here is my two top tips to making sure you get the best from your time in the fayre:
First thing is first, before you attend the wedding fayre, write a little list of what you need for your wedding day. This allows you to look out for them rather than walking round every exhibitor and being bogged down with booklets/flyers that you don’t need and missing the chance to talk to the people you actually went to see in the first place because you are so overwhelmed you leave with nothing! This also stops you over spending if you have a budget!
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Take your time and don’t rush. You need to spend time with each exhibitor, chat and ask them questions, after all it’s your one day you can have the best of the best so make sure they are the best.
Top questions to ask
Do you have my date available?
Seems silly but you’d be surprised how many people end up chatting for 10-15 minutes about how much they love their work and price and then drop that their wedding date is Saturday 1st August. With August being one of the busiest months for weddings in the uk, chances are that they will already be booked. Why not ask the above question to save you time and disappointment on suppliers that are not available on your date.
What is your bestselling package?
This question allows the supplier to be able to give more information, like reference to past clients; it shows passion about products and services they supply. Yes you are able to see the prices from the price brochure they hand you, but if they are passionate about their products you know they will be passionate about your wedding like you! I.e You don’t want a lazy, moody photographer as you spend a big part of your day with them, if they are passionate and easy going you know your set for the day and at ease with them getting the stunning images you want from your wedding!
Are you “Qualified” and “Award Winning” but where/who gave you these “Qualifications and awards”?
Don’t be afraid to ask this, and especially towards photographers and videographers as these are the part of the day that captures and creates memoires forever! As I stated above you want the best for your wedding day (and why not, after all it’s your special one off day!) There are specialist trade bodies out there for suppliers for example photographer’s have Society of Wedding and Portrait photographers (SWPP) Martin is a qualified member of the SWPP , he has his Associateship with them (number 12 in Scotland , yes only 12 in Scotland as of July 14) so what does this mean to you . . That means he has proved himself and his work to a number of professional judges. It also means he is fully insured and can provide backup cover if required. Not all photographers can offer this so this is a really important question!
You have a wedding fayre offer but what is your normal prices?
Yes wedding fayres can be great to picking up a “special offer” or “One off Offer” we all want a “deal” but what are their normal prices, and are we really getting a good deal from their “Special Fayre offer”. Again don’t be afraid to ask or even go on their website on your phone while chatting to them. Match things up and make sure your deal is a good deal for you!
Hopefully this blog has helped you and set you for your next Wedding Fayre, as mentioned we are heading off to some weddings fayres.
Here are the fayres you can find us at:
The Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow – Sunday 10th August 2014 11:30am till 4:00pm
The Hilton Grosvenor Hotel, Glasgow – Sunday 24th August 2014 12:00 (noon) till 4:00pm
The Perth Race Course, Perth – Sunday 21st September 2014 12:00 (noon) till 4:00pm
As this is our first Wedding Wednesday Blog, I have two tickets for our first wedding fayre in The Grand Central, Glasgow on Sunday 10th August. If you would like to win these two tickets please like and share on Facebook and comment below and I will chose at random one lucky winner for these tickets! (Wednesday 6th August 2014)
The winner will be contacted Thursday 7th August at noon!
Please don’t forget to comment on this blog below to be in with a chance to win!
Happy Wedding Wednesday