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The Tie the Knot Wedding Carnival
A couple of weekends ago we had the pleasure to be apart of the amazing Tie the Knot Wedding Carnival. A fun Wedding fair that really showed off some of our amazing local Wedding Suppliers. Trust me when I say that they/we can take your Wedding Day to the next level. It was a gloriously sunny day and the Venue was perfect. A stunning Walled Garden at Hexton Manor which just added to the whimsical carnival theme. You walked through the gate and you were transported to Wedding Planning Heaven. We were so happy to be apart of this event. We not only met some beautiful Bride and Grooms to be but we got the chance to chat to some amazing local Wedding Suppliers. Some of them I will definitely be using for Ben and I's Big Day next year, I'm sure that there will be a few companies popping up on our Blog for interviews.
I always find Wedding Fairs super nerve racking, you are really putting yourself out there. You are face to face with these lovely Bride and Grooms to be, trying to convince them that you should be part of one of the biggest days of their lives. Yup, pretty intense! I think I find it worse as I'm planning my Wedding at the moment. So I know how ruthless you gals can be, because I'm just as brutal as you are! You become the pickiest person on the planet and I can tell you, first impressions do matter. So I like to make our Food Truck look extra special to impress all of you guys! The saying goes that you eat with your eyes as well as your mouth. So I wanted to show off as many pictures as possible. We had polaroids alongside out photo album to show you what we can offer. From our Antipasto Boards to our desserts, I felt hungry putting up the pics so I'm hoping it had the same effect on our Brides to be.
For anyone who is thinking of showcasing your product at a Wedding Fair, go for it! It is so much fun and it is always good to put yourself out there. You never know who you might meet or come across at a Wedding Fair. No, you might not meet any brides directly, but you could make some great connections. I know that I take peoples recommendations seriously. When other local suppliers recommend you, they are putting their reputation on the line as well. I love the fact that I can recommend local companies, and that we have interview some amazing local businesses. So, not only can I recommend suppliers, people can find out more about the people I am recommending. The perfect combo.
So what on earth do you do to get ready for a Wedding Fair?
If you're a Bride to Be and it's your first Fair, prepare to be overwhelmed. My first Fair I was very glad of the free alcohol let's put it that way!!
If you're a Supplier and it is your first fair then prepare to plan. You need to make that amazing first impression and stick out (in a good way) to your potential Brides. See my five steps to ensure that your putting your best foot forward.
What was great about this Wedding Carnival is they only had amazing suppliers, you can tell that the organisers had taken their time in choosing who was going to be there. All suppliers definitely fitted with the Carnival/festival vibe, from our experience we know that this is our target audience. Every business is different so not all of you would suit this style of Wedding Fair. If you have a very niche clientele then search out Wedding Fairs that focus on your target audience otherwise it will be a pointless exercise for you. However if your target audience is wider than make sure that you focus more of your effort on the Fairs location. If like us you hit the jackpot and get both, then you know you'll be onto a winner. Although I love doing Wedding Fairs, it isn't worth it if you don't get anything from it. Like I said it doesn't have to be an actual booking, but a chance to network with your peers. I find that smaller Wedding Fairs are best for networking as you can literally go round and speak to as many people as possible, without having to trek for hours!
As I said earlier I did plenty of networking and we have some great interviews coming up with some of the amazing suppliers we met. We also managed to mix in some Pizza Fun, we teamed up with Cardona and Son to make an epic Pizza. Their Slow Cooked Brisket with mushrooms, gorgonzola on our normal Pizza Base. It's fantastic to see how much Street Food has become part of the Modern Wedding Scene, it isn't just the Evening Reception option anymore either. We offer packages for your Wedding Breakfasts as well, from canapes to desserts we can cover it all. I also love that Mobile Bars are now becoming part of the Wedding Scene as well, we interviewed the amazing Spirit of Gin last year and they have a horse trailer turned into an Apothecary themed Gin Bars. It is beautiful and their range of Gins is AMAZING!
What I love about Wedding Fairs is that you really get to envision what your Big Day could look like. It is amazing how people manage to turn their spaces into something magical. Apart from our beaut Pizza Van (obz) the , tar of the Fair definitely had to be the Funky Monkey Tents, it was an stunning structure and it had been incredibly styled by Chloe from White Button Weddings. Each table was set up with a new theme and each on of them were beautifully unique in their own way.
What have your experiences been with Wedding Fairs, do you love or loathe them? Now I have had experience as both a Bride and a Supplier I truly apologise for my fake interest in exchange for Free Bubbles! Whether you are a Bride or a Supplier make sure you go to the right type of Wedding Fair for you. Either way it is a waste of time for you if you aren't meeting the right people. What do you do to prepare for a Wedding Fair?
Keep an eye out for our Interview with Rosalyn from Rosalyn's Emporium, I LOVED her business idea and Ben and I will definitely be using her before our Big Day.
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Photography by Binky Nixon.