Wedding fairs are such a big help for soon-to-weds as they go about preparing details and hunting for suppliers.
What could be better than having a variety of wedding suppliers all under one roof?
While this is just amazing, it can be quite overwhelming too, believe me. Imagine going to a place where there are at least a hundred wedding suppliers to check out. But then, despite the fact that wedding fairs normally last 2-3 days, it’s likely that a couple would get to attend only a day of the fair due to busy schedules. Combing through hundreds of suppliers in one day with the self-imposed pressure of finding the perfect ones is not necessarily a walk in the park.
We’d like you to be able to make the most of your time & energy during this part of your wedding preparation. So, especially for those doing all the planning on their own, here are a few tips on how you can maximize wedding fairs:
1) Prepare your list of suppliers to check out
Before going to a wedding fair, be sure to do a bit of research to know which suppliers you would like to get to know more. Having your choice suppliers in mind helps give you focus on what to prioritize when you get to the venue. Best to zero in on going to the suppliers you want to get to know more first, then move on to other suppliers that catch your attention if you’re still undecided.
2) Set your criteria
While you might have your top supplier in mind, it would be good to think about who your other options could be in the event that they won’t be available on your wedding day. So, it’s important to also set your criteria for why you want to consider or book certain suppliers (ie, quality of work, products, rates, how accommodating they are, how comfortable you are with them, etc). You’ll need these criteria to decide if you’re top choice is indeed the right one for you or which of your options you’d best go with.
3) Set your budget
Normally, each supplier would have a promo or discount if you book during the wedding fair. Best to know what budget you can set for each supplier so that it won’t be difficult for you to make the decision of booking on the day itself and end up being assured that you indeed were able to get good value from that booking.
You can also take advantage of the discounts and promos to be able to allocate funds to other, more costly expenses for the wedding. Remember though, if it doesn’t fit your budget, don’t force it.
4) Allot at least one full day
Block off one day or a portion of that day just to visit the fair and meet the suppliers. You can gather all brochures in the morning, have lunch while checking the brochures, and decide who to book in the afternoon. You don’t want to endure the hassle of braving the traffic another day just to book your supplier.
5) Book that Supplier
Don’t hesitate to book a supplier if you find one that already fits your criteria — you already really like them, their schedule is still open for your wedding day and fits your budget. etc. Don’t be one of the many who cried over the regret of putting off booking a supplier to think about it some more and come back only to be told that someone has already booked them on the same date of your wedding.
Now, you see, the key is really is to come prepared. Especially if you’re at a crucial stage of filling up all the suppliers you need. If you have a bit more time to prepare, you can first attend one wedding fair and leisurely go around the supplier booths to get to know the different suppliers, then apply these tips for your second trip to the fair as your wedding date nears.