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How To Maximise Your Chances of Succeeding at a Wedding Fayre – A Guide for Exhibitors

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How To Maximise Your Chances of Succeeding at a Wedding Fayre

So you’ve signed up to exhibit at a Wedding Fayre… now what?

Bouquet & Bells want our exhibitors to have the best possible chances of succeeding at a Wedding Fayre.

Some companies have years of experience and have exhibited at various Wedding Exhibitions across the country, however some are new and don’t have the same experience.

That was our inspiration behind putting together a handy ‘how to’ pack – to inspire you and give you the best tips for the best chance of gaining bookings at a Wedding Fayre!

Use our guide to ensure every box is ticked to help you secure those all important bookings.

Click here to download our complete guide on improving your chances of succeeding at a Wedding Exhibition. It’s completely free.

We’ve split our guide into four handy sections.

Section One – Prepare

How to prepare for a Wedding Fayre including tips on how to improve your branding together with improving the appearance of your stall.

Section Two – The Dos and Don’ts

This section highlights the dos and don’ts of exhibiting at a Wedding Fayre based on Bouquet & Bells experience.

Section Three: The Impact of Social Media

The impact of social media and how you can make the most of your platforms and also using your followers to your advantage.

Section Four: Follow Up

How to connect with the people you met at the Wedding Fayre and tips with constructing the first method of communication.

Click here to download our complete guide on improving your chances of succeeding at a Wedding Exhibition

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Ultimate Wedding Planning Checklist (Free Downloadable PDF!)

Planning your wedding and don’t know where to start? Bouquet & Bells have put together an ultimate Wedding Planning checklist, covering every aspect of the planning process right from the word go to your wedding day.

Use our step-by-step guide to help ease the stress of planning your wedding day.

Download your FREE printable Ultimate Wedding Planning Checklist. Print and check off as you go!

You can download more of our free planning resources by clicking here.

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EXTRA TIPS

Attend a Wedding Fayre

Wedding Fayre’s are fantastic opportunity to meet local suppliers and to gain inspiration by the latest trends and new innovative ideas. Get your bridal / grooms parties together and organise a few trips to various shows near you.

You can view our line up of Wedding Fayres here.

Use Pinterest for Inspiration

Pinterest is a great tool for inspiration, especially if you’re willing to get your hands dirty and DIY a few bits & bobs! Start browsing and save some favourites.

Start a Healthy Eating & Exercise Program

If you want to lose some weight or simply tone up for your wedding then why not form a weekly plan on small changes to start right away. You and a friend could go to the gym together, or perhaps some evening power walks.

Introduce / Keep on Top of your Skincare Routine

Makeup artists will always say that your base is so important to achieving a flawless makeup look. A good skincare routine is key. Seek professional advise from a skincare expert as to what you should do to tailor to your specific skincare needs.

Decide on a Gift List

If you have a specific gift list you would like your guests to follow, make one available by enclosing it with your wedding invitations or display on your wedding website if you have one.

And finally… enjoy every minute of your wedding day because it will go so fast! The important thing is that you make all the decisions for you as a couple and not to worry about anyone else.

Remember you can download more of our Wedding Planning resources by clicking here.

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Meet the Supplier: Beth Bakes

Introducing our brand new ‘Meet the Supplier’ series. We’re so exited to be interviewing a selection of fantastic wedding specialists. We take pride in recommending the finest in the industry, and hope this series will help you find the perfect suppliers for your day.

We’re thrilled to introduce Beth Bakes.

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Photo credit: Rock Salt Photography

What services do you offer?

Bespoke, handmade, luxury wedding cakes

What makes you different? 

Apart from my family, cake is my life! If I’m not baking it, I’m decorating it! If I’m not baking, I’m looking for new ideas and techniques, I love attending masterclasses with industry leaders to improve my skills and you’ll find my attention to detail second to none!

How did it all start? 

After taking a break to start a family, I started making cakes for my children’s birthdays and it grew from there – friends would ask for cakes for their children and word spread!

Biggest achievements

Being able to create a huge variety of styles of cakes, not just being stuck in one genre.

Why should couples choose you? 

My cakes look fantastic and they taste amazing!

I understand that a wedding is a one off event where everything should be perfect and easy for you. My years of experience mean I can hold your hand from beginning to end – not just with your wedding cake but ensuring that it becomes a seamless part of your entire wedding. Because, whilst the cake is a huge part of most weddings,  I understand the need to liaise with other key services and not take up too much of your time as I know how much you have to do in the run up to a wedding. . This is why I often take this pressure away from you by liasing with florist, caterers, venues so you can focus on the things that need you (like picking out that dress!). 

 Before I started Beth Bakes, my husband and I ran a catering company for several years catering for many, many weddings so I have the ability to see the bigger picture.  Why not have a look at some of the testimonials customers have left for me on my website?

Word of wisdom

Consider the time of year when your wedding will take place and try to match your cake to the weather and venue – have you ever been in a very hot marquee in the middle of summer? Did you think “Gosh, I might melt in here”? What might happen to your chocolate covered wedding cake in that same situation????……..

Photo credit: Twig’s Branch Photography, Rock Salt Photography

Contact Beth Bakes

beth@bethbakes.co.uk / 07811 321038

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pg/cakesbybethbakes
Instagram: www.instagram.com/bethbakesgreatcakes

Interested in featuring on our blog? Please contact claire@bouquetandbells.com or click here for more info.

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Meet the Supplier: Precious Pets Micro ID

Introducing our brand new ‘Meet the Supplier’ series. We’re so exited to be interviewing a selection of fantastic wedding specialists. We take pride in recommending the finest in the industry, and hope this series will help you find the perfect suppliers for your day.

We’re thrilled to introduce Precious Pets Micro ID.

Meet the Supplier: Precious Pets Micro ID

What services do you offer?

Exclusive Wedding Pet Chaperone Service

Couples would love to have their dog (fur baby) attend one of their most wonderful and exciting days of their life but struggle with logistics to ensure all of their friends and family members don’t miss out on any part of their wedding day.

This is why our Exclusive Wedding Pet Chaperone Service is so popular.  We plan, co-ordinate and take away all the stress for the happy couple so their dog can be a big part of their wedding day! 

Whether they would like their fur baby to be their ring bearer, best man, bridesmaid or just attend for an hour for the wedding photographs, we are here to make all of their wedding dreams a reality.  

We do not offer set packages as every wedding and their pet care needs are different.  We create a tailor made package to meet the couple’s requirements so that they have complete peace of mind on their special day. 

Wedding Day Pet Sitting

A great alternative to our Chaperone Service …

Not every dog is suitable to attend the wedding due to venues restrictions, their temperament or well being. 

We have also found that friends or family members struggle with pet care whilst attending the wedding.  Some guests have to travel a long distance and want to bring their dog along but again, struggle with pet care options, as they don’t want to miss out on any part of the wedding day.

Meet the Supplier: Precious Pets Micro ID

What makes you different? 

Dog arriving in style to the wedding!

We are popular with couples due to the quirky additions which make our Exclusive Wedding Pet Chaperone Service unique!

Couples love the concept of their dog arriving in style in their own wedding car/vehicle.  They can choose either a Mini Cooper or a Brand New Professional Converted Dog Van.

What is even more special is that the car/van is decorated with our specially patented designed wedding car ribbons and bows!

Dog Ring Bearer mechanism!

We have created a simple but proven mechanism whereby their dog delivers the rings down the aisle in a safe, secure and fun manner.

Meet the Supplier: Precious Pets Micro ID

How did it all start? 

Precious Pets Micro ID is a husband and wife team established Pet Care Service.

In 2018, we decided it was the right time for Adrian to change career direction and pursue his lifelong dream of working with dogs and to train as a self-employed Professional Dog Grooming Stylist.

After three months of commuting to Manchester, Adrian became a fully qualified Dog Grooming Stylist. To subsidise his grooming services and income we decided to set up a number of additional pet care services which included dog walking, puppy visits, cat care at home and mobile micro chipping.

2017/2018 was a very popular time for our friends and family getting married and who all owned dogs.  Kennels was definitely not an option for their dogs on their wedding day, so rather than a gift, they asked us to care for and chaperone their dogs at the wedding, which, of course, we did! 

One evening, whilst putting our business strategy together, we decided to put together a Wedding Pet Chaperone Service and commence a large-scale market research campaign with pet owners and brides/grooms by attending wedding shows and venue showcases and the creation of social media polls.  

The feedback we received was unbelievable and extremely positive. It became very apparent to us that there was a large gap in the market for our Exclusive Wedding Pet Service in the wedding industry, within our local areas and the UK.

It was also very clear that kennels were not an option for many couples (as we had discovered with our friends and family), as the dog was considered to be a precious and important member of their family.  They wanted them to be part of their wedding day but everyone who would normally care for their dog would be pre-occupied either getting ready for the big day or actually attending the wedding. 

So we launched our Exclusive Wedding Pet Chaperone Service (Dogs at Weddings) and the rest is history.  We have been overwhelmed by all the bookings, couples’ testimonials and wedding venue collaborations.  

Meet the Supplier: Precious Pets Micro ID

Biggest achievements

The Wedding Industry Awards 2020 – Regional Finalists (West Midlands) – Special Touch Category

Featured in Staffordshire Living Magazine

A main feature in the October 2019 edition of the Cheshire Life magazine

Appeared on BBC Radio Stoke

We have exclusivity at a variety of large high profile wedding shows in Staffordshire, Cheshire and Shropshire. 

We have become official Suppliers for a variety of top wedding venues in Staffordshire, Cheshire and Shropshire.

Meet the Supplier: Precious Pets Micro ID

Why should couples choose you? 

Caring for your pets is more than just a business to us, it’s our passion. 

As a family run business, our ethos is to look after your pets as if they were our own, whilst delivering a professional pet care service which is tailored to your specific pet care needs on a daily basis or as part of your special wedding day.

Meet the Supplier: Precious Pets Micro ID

Words of wisdom

If you are considering having your dog at your wedding, check out these Dog Friendly Wedding Top Tips

Important Considerations:

  • If you wish to include your fur baby, ensure that you book a dog friendly wedding venue or one with an outside area for photographs
  • Ensure that all guests will be aware that a dog is attending the wedding, in case of allergies. A lovely idea is to send out a ‘save the date’ card featuring a photo of your dog
  • You may wish your dog to simply be a guest of honour at your wedding but if you would like them to play a specific role in the ceremony, think carefully about how this will work. Popular choices are a dog ring bearer or a dog flower girl but ensure that your pet has the right temperament to cope with all the attention
  • Rehearse as much as you can with your dog before the big day and leave ample time to practice during the actual rehearsal
  • If you are considering a special dog wedding collar or accessory, make sure that it is safe and comfortable for your dog. Certain flowers or foliage can be poisonous to dogs so it is vital to check
  • Let your wedding photographer know that you are planning on bringing your dog to your wedding. This will ensure that they are ready to capture your adorable pet in action and come up with some great fun ideas for wedding photos
  • At busy times our wedding pet chaperoning service is very much in demand. To avoid disappointment we would advise getting in touch as soon as possible. We would love to chat to you about your exciting plans and how we can help you have a real furrytail wedding! 

Photo credit: Naomi, Seth and Buddy Photos, Neil Redfearn Photography

Contact them

preciouspetsmicroid@gmail.com / 07768 917150

Facebook: www.facebook.com/PPMICROID
Instagram: www.instagram.com/preciouspetsmicroid/

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The Impact of Social Media at a Wedding Fayre – A Guide for Exhibitors (Part 3)

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Photo Credit: Kate Mayo Wedding Photography

We were thrilled to be guest speakers at the recent Wedding Industry Supplier Network event. We spoke about how to get the most out of exhibiting at a Wedding Fayre, sharing all our insider tips including the essential dos and don’ts.

Following this discussion, we decided to publish a series of posts outlining everything you need to know. Our last post was all about the do’s and don’ts of exhibiting at a Wedding Fayre, and what you can do to ensure every box is ticked to give you the best possible chance of securing those all important bookings. Not read it yet? Click here to read the full post.

This post focuses on the impact of social media at a Wedding Fayre and how you can use it to your benefit.


The connections on social media platforms are endless and it’s important you make the most of this as an exhibitor. As an organiser, we put around 80% of our advertising budget into promotion on social media platforms including Facebook and Instagram. These are used throughout the organisational process to continuously promote on. We’ve found that we attract the most brides through these platforms and we’ve learnt how to use them well. 

Use Your Followers

Every business has a following, and we encourage exhibitors to use this to their benefit. Our Wedding Fayres host anywhere between 25 – 100 exhibitors, and with so many wedding specialists coming together the online reach can be extraordinary. It’s important that your followers are informed where they can next find you, and giving them an opportunity to meet you and chat to you face-to-face may just encourage a booking!

Marketing Plan

We send a comprehensive marketing plan as part of our Exhibitor Manual to all exhibitors that attend our shows. This is made up of lots of ways they can help spread the word about the Wedding Fayre.

It’s essential that we work with exhibitors to help boost visitor numbers. While we have a great following with lots of excited couples and a fantastic list of pre-registered couples for each show, working together can result in even more people visiting the shows which gives suppliers a better chance of securing those all important bookings.  

Continue Social Media at the Show

Your social media presence at a Wedding Fayre is so important. Why not take a photograph of you at your stall and let your followers know you’ve arrived. We’d always recommend using the official hashtag (provided in the marketing plan) and tagging us in all of your posts so we can share to our following.

Wedding Fayres are also a fantastic way to network with other Wedding Specialists. Why not have a wonder around before show opening and exchange social media handles with fellow exhibitors.

We love helping to make connections. We always publish a list of exhibitors to our social media platforms and website prior to a Wedding Fayre, making it super easy for suppliers to connect in advance.

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Fairyland-Inspired Wedding Inspiration Shoot

If you’re looking for some quirky Alice-in-Wonderland-esque wedding inspiration, then you’ll love this whimsical styled shoot.

The amazing decor and surroundings at the Lindeth Howe hotel on the banks of Lake Windermere called for a shoot with a difference. In honour of the Beatrix Potter books hanging from the walls, the animals pictured on the carpets and the foliage growing in the dining area, a Spring Festival Fairyland-inspired wedding shoot, created by AMB-Vision, seemed the only answer.

By bringing together some of the best North West wedding suppliers, AMB-Vision created a shoot to remember.

 

The Models

Inspired by the fabulous bespoke wedding dresses by Hannah Charlotte Bespoke, a Snow Queen and Fairy Queen were created and styled.

The Snow Queen was styled in a magical feathery skirt paired with a pure silk cowl back top both created by Hannah Charlotte Bespoke.

Bride in white dress with feather bottom and bright wild flower bouquet

For the full effect the model’s eyes were dusted with lots of white glittery shadow and a simple blush to the cheeks (Lauren Poole, the makeup artist on the shoot, was somewhat in her element!). The beautiful sculpted hair created by Wedding Hair in the Lakes was crowned with a hair piece fit for any Queen from the hugely talented Eleventh Heaven. The final flourish was a beautiful wild bouquet filled with rich yellow tones from Flower World in Penrith.

The Fairy Queen wore a more relaxed hair style, the work of the super talented Wedding Hair in the Lakes, with an ivy crown, also created by Eleventh Heaven.

Bride in gold dress with detailed top holding large feather

Warm makeup with browns and golds (as well as a hint of green to match the headpiece) worked beautifully with the crystal encrusted bodice and classic duchess satin skirt by Hannah Charlotte Bespoke. This Queen was photographed both inside the dining area of the Lindeth Howe and outside, amongst the daffodils, in the venue’s stunning gardens (a tip of the hat to Wordsworth there for anyone keeping tabs!).

As a final flourish, the Snow Queen became a Festival Queen with glitter makeup on the face and lips. An extraordinary butterfly headpiece made from pink and purple gems by Eleventh Heaven dressed her hair.

Bride with lots of glittery makeup and bright coloured balloons

She was photographed in the gardens of the Lindeth Howe beside a yet-to-blossom tree in an amazing flowing satin skirt and illusion bodice embroidered with silk flowers, pearls and delicate beading all by Hannah Charlotte Bespoke. The outfit was completed with an upcycled denim jacket emblazoned with fairy wings. Oh, and of course, some fabulously vibrant balloons from Balloons in the Lakes.

 

The Decor and Accessories

For the table decor, in keeping with the magical feel, the venue stylists Wilde and Romantic created a vintage vibe for the fairyland-inspired wedding shoot with clashing vintage crockery, coloured bottles and peacock feathers. Favours were Lake District-inspired booze (Kendal mint cake gin anyone?) courtesy of Penningtons Spirits & Liquers and Grasmere Gingerbread (yum). And for dessert, a rainbow layered cake of dreams created by the super talented Bella Bakes Cakes.

Fairyland-inspired wedding shoot in Lindeth Howe hotel, Lake Windermere.
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Vintage china plates and teacups Alice in Wonderland style

In keeping with the theme the beautiful stationary, created by the uber talented Raspberry Toast, which included a stunning hand painted envelope depicting birds and butterflies.

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Table of wedding with Invitation on white tablecloth surrounded by quirky china.
 

Hopefully Beatrix Potter, who once stayed at the venue when it was a family home, would have approved of our fairyland-inspired wedding shoot!

Suppliers involved:

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The Dos and Don’ts of Exhibiting at a Wedding Fayre – A Guide for Exhibitors (Part 2)

Bloomsbury Wedding Cakes. Photo Credit: Kate Mayo Wedding Photography

We were thrilled to be guest speakers at the recent Wedding Industry Supplier Network event. We spoke about how to get the most out of exhibiting at a Wedding Fayre, sharing all our insider tips including the essential dos and don’ts.

Following this discussion, we decided to publish a series of posts outlining everything you need to know. Our last post was all about preparing for a Wedding Fayre, and what you can do to ensure every box is ticked to give you the best possible chance of securing those all important bookings. Not read it yet? Click here to read the full post.

This post is focused on the crucial dos and don’ts of exhibiting at a Wedding Fayre. Here we go!


DOS

 

Do remain standing throughout the show if you can help it

You’ll appear much more welcoming and approachable to couples if you are standing. Additionally if space allows, try to stand to the side or in front of your stall.

 

Do have an incentive such as sweet treats on your stall

Having an incentive in viewing distance of the visitor like a sweet treat, or special offer will encourage brides to take advantage of this and engage in conversation.

 

Do collect Brides details

Collecting brides details is very important because it will enable you to contact them after the show. It’s often the case that Wedding Fayres are very busy with continuous fresh faces passing your stall. If you engage in a long conversation with a particular bride, it’s likely that you’ll miss potential customers that pass by. Therefore, it’s best to speak to brides but encourage them to write down their details so you can chat to them further after the fayre.

If you don’t quite manage to capture as many details as you would have liked, we always have all the bridal data available to purchase following a show. 

 

Do make your services clear

It should be super clear who you are and what you can do. First impressions are everything. You don’t want to mislead brides or leave them confused as this could detract from potential business.

 

Do make sure all banners and promotional material are in good condition

I’ve seen multiple suppliers feature tatty banners on their stand that look like they’ve been around for about 10 years. It’s so important not just to keep banners fresh, but to update the artwork and wording to keep everything current.

 

Do have someone else helping you on the day

There’s a very high chance that you’ll spend the majority of your time speaking to multiple couples, and there may be times where you’re in such high demand with a line of people wishing to speak to you about your services. Try to bring a helping hand with you on the day. Preferably someone that knows a little about your business and can therefore pass the right information on to brides.

 

Do social media

Being active on social media is not just to help promote the fayre, but it’s to promote yourselves. We’re always hot on social media at our events, so it’s likely that anything you post will be shared on our platforms, allowing our brides and suppliers to connect with you.

There are lots of ways to become involved on social media. Live videos are a fantastic way of giving your followers a taste of the wedding fayre. 

 

DON’TS

 

Don’t accept the standard furniture included with your space

I know this may seem odd as we offer a 6ft trestle table, plain white table cloth and chairs as standard across our shows, but not using this and creating your own unique set up sets you aside from the average stall and will make you stand out. Even switching the table cloth to one of your own can help. Around 90 – 95% of suppliers use the standard set up, so don’t be scared to be different. It can really pay off!

 

Don’t leave the show early or start breaking down before closing

Not only does leaving early look unprofessional, but you may miss potential business. It isn’t unusual for us to get a number of brides entering the show just before closing, and they may just be the ones that make a booking.

 

Don’t eat at your stall

I feel like this one is a little obvious, but we do see a lot of exhibitors sitting down and eating their lunch at their stall. This can be incredibly distracting for visitors and detract them from approaching you. This is another reason why you should have someone else attend the fayre with you on the day. It’s important that you take a well deserved break at a show.

 

Don’t forget to network

I met a lot of my contacts by attending Wedding Fayres in my spare time, and it’s always lovely to chat to fellow suppliers. Why not head over to some stalls and follow them on social media – It’s likely they’ll return the favour.

We like to upload photographs of exhibitor stalls on our Instagram story during the show, and we always like to tag the supplier so make sure you’re on Instagram and return the favour by sharing the story to yours, and follow the tagged suppliers. This just makes connecting suppliers super easy.

 

I hope that’s helped you understand the crucial dos and don’ts of exhibiting at a Wedding Fayre.

Read Part 1: How To Prepare for a Wedding Fayre

Read Part 3: The Impact of Social Media at a Wedding Fayre and How To Use it to Your Benefit!

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How To Prepare for a Wedding Fayre: A Guide for Exhibitors (Part 1)

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Photo credit: Kate Mayo Wedding Photography

We were thrilled to be guest speakers at the recent Wedding Industry Supplier Network event. We spoke about how to get the most out of exhibiting at a Wedding Fayre, sharing all our insider tips including the essential dos and don’ts.

Following this talk and the great response from the event, we decided to create a series of blog posts highlighting the most helpful points.

Each post in this series will cover the following topics:

  • How To Prepare for a Wedding Fayre
  • The Dos and Don’ts of Exhibiting at a Wedding Fayre
  • How To Increase Chances of Bookings at a Wedding Fayre

This post is all about preparing for a Wedding Fayre, and what you can do to ensure every box is ticked to give you the best possible chance of securing those all important bookings.

So, you’ve signed up to attend a Wedding Fayre… now what?

Branding & Literature

Branding is super important because not only is it what makes a memorable impression, but it allows your customers and clients to know what to expect from your company. Your logo is the most important element of your branding because it is the face of the company, so it should be memorable and used across your promotional material. Colours and themes should also remain consistent throughout.

I would strongly advise having the following literature & promotional material featured at a Wedding Fayre:

  • A large promotional banner
  • Business Cards
  • Flyers / leaflets with a special offer or incentive included

I’ve seen exhibitors offer a sweet treat or incentive with their business card attached. This is a very good idea to help Brides remember you, and you’ll stand out for all the best reasons.

It’s also a good idea to have a treat available for children as they’re often brought to Wedding Fayres, and this is always massively appreciated by the parents because it keeps them quiet!

All the items you hand out should include your contact details and website to make it easy for Brides to get in touch following the event.

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Stall by Lucky Nibs
Photo credit: Kate Mayo Wedding Photography
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Branding by Flowers at the Dutch Barn
Photo credit: Kate Mayo Wedding Photography
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Branding by Reel in Life
Photo credit: Kate Mayo Wedding Photography
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Branding by Venue Dressing by Trinity
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Stall Appearance

When you are exhibiting alongside top industry professionals and your competitors, you must at all times strive to outshine them. Your exhibition space should be eye catching and completely irresistible for visitors to approach.

It’s essential that visitors recognise the kind of services you offer as soon as they see your stall. Your key message should strike a chord with your audience. It should summarise what you are offering and why your consumer needs it. There are often 30+ different exhibitors at a single Wedding Fayre, so it’s very easy for brides to get distracted by the variety. Don’t leave them confused about what you do because they’ll give up guessing very quickly.

It’s well worth checking with the organiser what is already included with the purchase of your space. More often than not, you’ll find that a trestle table and table cloth are provided for you.

I’d highly recommend setting up a mock stall at home. Being prepared in advance to the show means you’ll have time to play around with your space, and you’ll have a list of exactly everything you need to bring on the day, avoiding bringing any unnecessary items.

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Stall by Flowers at the Dutch Barn at The Wild Pheasant Wedding Fayre, organised by Bouquet & Bells.
Photo credit: NR Imagery
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Stall by Bloomsbury Cakes at Park Field House Wedding Fayre, organised by Bouquet & Bells.
Photo credit: Kate Mayo Wedding Photography

Goody Bags

Goody bags are something we know Brides love. We offer the first 100 Brides a goody bag on entry to all our shows. These goody bags are filled with special offers and discounts from exhibitors, as well as other treats including the latest copy of a top bridal magazine.

Take the opportunity to include your items in the goody bags. We don’t charge a fee and 100 Brides will walk away from the event with your details which is so valuable.

Special Offers / Incentives

One of the top reasons why Brides like to visit Wedding Fayres is to make the most of the exhibitor special offers and discounts.

Having a booking incentive at a Wedding Fayre can hugely increase chances of bookings, so it’s important you think carefully about what you could offer. If you don’t want to discount the price of your service or package then you could throw in a freebie instead. Either way this acts as a great incentive and will encourage visitors to engage in conversation.

I’d recommend extending your special offer for up to a week after the Wedding Fayre because some Brides prefer to book after the event once they’ve had a chance to look at your services in more detail.

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Discount offer by Plume Creative
Photo credit: Kate Mayo Wedding Photography

I hope you’ve gained some useful tips and tricks on how to prepare for a Wedding Fayre. To view our line up of shows, please click here. We’re always looking to connect with more suppliers so please get in touch.

Read Part 2: The Dos and Don’ts of Exhibiting at a Wedding Fayre.

Read Part 3: The Impact of Social Media at a Wedding Fayre and How To Use it to Your Benefit!

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Bridal Prep: How To Survive the Getting Ready Process (+ FREE schedule template!)

Your wedding day has finally arrived! You’ve probably not slept much the night before, and are conscious that numerous people are going to begin bundling through your front door any moment. So how can you keep calm and focused? How can you actually survive and enjoy the should-be-exciting getting ready process?

I was very lucky to get married in June this year, and I was really looking forward to having all my bridesmaids and closest family members around whilst I got ready, but I knew I had to prepare and I have a lot of tips that can help you survive the getting ready process (and actually enjoy it!).

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It’s all in the prep

I’d highly recommend getting as organised as possible in advance to the day. This will avoid rushing around trying to get everything done on the morning of.

Buy some yummy nibbles, a range of drinks (soft and bubbly), make sure all the bathrooms are clean and beds are fresh for a relaxed start. I also arranged designated areas for the hair stylists and makeup artists to set up and prepared it for their arrival.

I also prepared a Spotify playlist, filled with feel good songs to play throughout the morning. You can listen and download it here.

Print off your morning schedule

I created a morning schedule with all the important events of the morning listed. This included things like what time the photographer was due to arrive, what time to leave for the church etc. Basically anything I needed to remember I put into the schedule.

Click here to download and print your own wedding morning schedule.

Remember to sit down & relax

It’s so important to take some time out to chill, have a bite to eat and drink lots of water. The time goes very quickly so it’s good to enjoy the moment.

Get dressed in plenty of time

The bridesmaids and Mother of the Bride should get into their dresses around 45 minutes before leaving, then they can all assist you.

My bridesmaids totally underestimated the amount of time if takes to get into dresses (sorry ladies!). The final half hour turned into a mad rush to get everyone dressed and out the door. The bridal cars were outside eagerly anticipating our departure, but the neighbours kept them chatting!

It’s important to remember that it will take the longest time to get you into your dress (especially if you have buttons running all down the back like I did!) so get your bridesmaids to help as soon as they’re dressed.

I hope you’ve gained some tips and tricks to getting ready on your wedding day. Don’t forget that you can access my library of free planning resources by clicking here.

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How To Start Planning Your Wedding (+ FREE Planning Starter Pack!)

Congratulations! You’re engaged! But…now what?

Most bride’s find the starting point the toughest part in the wedding planning journey.

And that’s why I created this Wedding Planning Starter Pack – specifically to help new Brides begin the planning process, but most importantly to develop your dream wedding vision.

Having a clear vision helps to make difficult decisions a heck of a lot easier throughout the process.

And don’t worry if you’ve already started planning; completing this step will enable you to weigh up your decisions so far and you may actually discover something you never thought about.

Click here to download your free worksheet and let’s work through it together.

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When would you like to get married?

As soon as possible? A specific date thats significant to you as a couple? In a few years so you have plenty of time to plan?

Pro tip: I’d recommend the date being no less than about 9 months from now to give you oodles of time.

 

What is your budget?

Think of a realistic figure that is reachable for the date of your wedding. 

Deciding on a budget is one of the most essential parts to planning your wedding, because everything will revolve around it from this point. Your venue, location and number of guests are all determined based on your budget. Setting a precise figure right from the start allows you to have a clear target and avoids wasting time. 

If you’re unsure, sit down with your partner and discuss a realistic figure.

Where do you want to get married?

This can be your home town, somewhere abroad, or maybe a place that you and your other half have always envisioned.

Pro tip: Take into consideration the convenience for your guests. Nobody likes to travel for hours to a wedding. 

What type of venue would you like to get married in?

Do you want a relaxed, boho style wedding in somewhere like a barn? Or perhaps a glamorous affair in a manor house? Use your budget as guidance to help kick start the venue search.

How many daytime and evening guests would you like to invite?

This can be just an estimate for now. Having an idea of numbers from the start massively helps determine the size and location of the venue.

How many are you having in the Bride and Grooms parties?

It’s best to decide on this sooner rather than later as A LOT works around these numbers. You’ll find most suppliers ask this exact question. And anyway, it’s fun asking your best friends and most loved ones to be involved in planning your wedding day.

 

List five absolute must haves at your wedding.

It’s absolutely essential that you complete this step. I ask all of my clients to do this during the first consultation and most only begin to truly realise their vision after doing so.

These can be something like hiring a photo booth for the reception, or perhaps having your dog as the ring bearer, or playing a certain song for the first dance. You really aren’t restricted when it comes to this. Just pick five things you absolutely want to see at your wedding.

List three things you absolutely DO NOT want to see at your wedding.

Going along the exact same lines as what you just did, I want you to list three things you absolutely DO NOT want to see at your wedding.

Don’t worry as much about completing this section, but it’s still important to realise what you don’t want.

All of these things are still contributing towards achieving your dream wedding vision. 

What five things would you love to have at your wedding, if money was no option?

You can really let your imagination run wild with this.

Perhaps you’d love to rent a super car to pick your partner up on the morning of the wedding, or maybe you’d love to arrive by helicopter to your reception, or have the biggest chocolate fountain ever. This one’s a bit of fun, but it continues to develop your dream wedding vision and help you realise what you truly want.

Now you have all of those vital details decided on, you’re ready to start REALLY planning your wedding day.

 

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I’m sooo excited to announce my brand new online Wedding Organiser.

Download and print essential tools created by me (a real wedding planner!) for a smooth and fun planning process.

Hiring a full, dedicated wedding planner can be costly. That’s why I decided to create an alternative that’s much more affordable, but just as valuable.

 

Click here for more information.