With the wedding industry flourishing on the internet, this is often a good source of information when researching into ideas, especially with the multitude of wedding blogs and forums. Magazines often provide inspiration and come with beautiful illustrations too. It is even possible to gain ideas by watching many of the wedding television programmes currently broadcast too – such as “Don’t tell the Bride”. However, when looking to meet collective local suppliers, face to face, a wedding fayre really comes into its own.
Wedding fayres typically take place from the autumn through to early spring. They are often hosted at wedding venues, giving you the chance to look at the venue as well as meeting lots of different suppliers.
To get the most out of your wedding fayre it is worth working out why you are going. Is it to get general inspiration or are you looking to source a specific type of supplier? Take time to research prices in advance as it will help you to bench mark what is on offer, negotiate, and compare the value of any special offers that many suppliers put on at wedding fayres. Sometimes it is possible to get a real bargain at these events with discount wedding dresses, music or two for the price of one on certain items.
The real value to be gained from a wedding fayre is getting to meet the actual supplier face to face. With something as personal as a wedding it is important to establish a good relationship with your musician, photographer, florist, hair and makeup supplier etc. You want them to be confident and professional, make you feel relaxed, listen to your requirements and be able to offer advice when required. In a no pressure environment, you can see what the suppliers have to offer, talk to them about your plans and ensure that you could work well together – all giving you the confidence to book their services for your wedding. Talking to suppliers at a wedding fayre should give you a good indication as to whether or not you want to hire them.
Many suppliers that come to wedding fayres have something unique to offer and feel that by showcasing their products and services wedding couples will feel inspired and want to find out more. As an example The Wedding Musician and Jazztalk provide wedding music for civil and religious ceremonies/drinks receptions and will play live at wedding fayres. This is a great opportunity for potential clients to actually hear how they sound in a real life situation as opposed to a recording. They can also give advice, through many years of experience, as to what type of music will work best in a particular event or setting. All aspects of providing music can be discussed with couples in total confidence and in the knowledge that you are talking to musicians who are experts in their field.