When I got married (waaaay back almost 10 years ago!) I went to a few of the big bridal fairs and expos in Glasgow. This was the age of chocolate fountains and sequined EVERYTHING. I’ll be honest, I probably didn’t’ get us much out of it as possible, although I did eat the most amazing Scottish strawberries, ever.

Wear Comfortable Clothes

Some bridal fairs are HUGE! Some bridal fairs have the heating cranked up and some are trying to chill you like a nice bottle of champagne! Be prepared. This is your chance to get out and meet vendors, find inspiration and hopefully bag some awesome expo deals.

If your feet are killing you or you’re not feeling comfortable, chances are you’ll want to leave.

Bridal fairs,’ expos and wedding open days are an amazing opportunity to meet the guys and gals who could be a big part of your special day. Take advantage of your time and theirs and get out there!

Talk to the Vendors

Okay, so this is the one piece of advice I cannot stress enough – talk to the vendors!

Sounds pretty simple, but year-in-year-out brides walk past lots of great wedding companies, maybe pick up a flyer then walk off again. And believe me, I know why!

We’re all afraid of the ‘hard sell’. It’s uncomfortable and not all of us are good at finding a polite way to say ‘no!’ But please, oh please, don’t let that stop you from talking to someone if you like the look of their work. IF you get the ‘hard sell’ then maybe it’s a warning sign they’re not the right company for you.

Make a List

I’m not going to lie, it’s pretty easy to get caught up in the cake samples, free bubbles of the fashion show at a bridal fair (especially the cake samples ). That’s why making a list BEFORE you go is a great way to get the most out of your day.

Prioritise who are the suppliers you really need to see, who are the suppliers you would like to see, and who are the suppliers you need to get quotes from, like, yesterday?

Prepare A Budget

This could be one of the easiest ways to save yourself from some SERIOUS heartbreak.

Know your budget! Most of us have champagne taste and a beer budget so you want to be realistic (maybe, the helicopter entrance can be put on hold). If you have a budget of $100 for your wedding cake and you’re dreaming of a four-tier, intricately decorated masterpiece then you may need a rethink!

Prices for most services can vary hugely and there are lots of different factors. Experience, popularity, materials used, timing/location can all affect how much some will charge for their product or service.

Always make sure when you are comparing different companies, you get an exact quote for inclusions. The best way to get that is to be specific with your vendors.

BOOK!

Like Queen B says’ if you like it then you shoulda put a ring on it’

You know that feeling when you see a fabulous dress/shoes/handbag and you go back to get it and it’s gone? Now imagine that feeling multiplied by 10 when you miss out on your dream dress, venue, photographer or cake maker.

Good quality vendors book up fast, especially during peak wedding season (Saturday’s in November, February, March & April). If you are planning your wedding in peak time, then check availability first before discussing potential plans or getting quotes. This will save you and the vendors a great deal of time if you can quickly establish availability.

Most good quality vendors don’t use this as a scare tactic to make you book.  They are pretty genuine. It’s difficult for vendors to turn away clients they would love to work with because someone else got in first.

 

So go forth and enjoy yourself at the bridal fairs and expos! Make the most of these great days out and most of all, I wish you all the luck in finding your dream wedding team.

Gillian xx