UK Wedding fairs in 2016 (PLUS Great Tips for Attending Fairs!)

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Who’s looking forward to a summer wedding? Well if you are, now is truly the time to start attending some wedding fairs to make sure you have everything planned down to the smallest detail!

Here are some of our recommendations for fairs around the country in the upcoming months.

  • 12th Jan – Wedding Open Evening – Thornton Manor – Wirral
  • 16th – 17th Jan – UK National Midlands Wedding Show – Coventry
  • 16th – 17th Jan- UK Wedding Show Newcastle – Newcastle
  • 24th Jan – Cheltenham Bride and Groom Show – Cheltenham
  • 24th Jan – Sussex Wedding Fayre – Crawley
  • 29th Jan – North West Event and Wedding Showcase – Manchester
  • 30th – 31st Jan – UK Wedding Show – London
  • 7th Feb – Biggest Wedding and Bridal Show in the Midlands – Leicester
  • 14th Feb – Vintage Valentine Wedding Fair – Worthing
  • 20th – 21st Feb – National Wedding Show Manchester – Manchester
  • 21st Feb – Hetherden Hall at Pinewood Studios – Iver
  • 28th Feb – PMN Wedding Fayres – Royal Holloway – London
  • 13th March – The Spring Wedding Show – Birmingham
  • 13th March – The Suffolk Wedding Show – Wherstead
  • 20th March – The UK Wedding Event – York

Stay tuned as we’ll be sharing more great wedding events from April onwards soon.

Wedding Fair Tips!

Want to get the most out of visiting a wedding fair? Try some of our handy tips!

  • Make a wedding planner folder if you haven’t already, but print out some contact sheets to put in it (free templates are everywhere online!) Use them to record the details of any company that interests you at the fair. Snap a photo of their products on your smart phone too, then next to the contact, write a reference for the image in your phone.
  • If you’ve already got your wedding dress and bridesmaid’s dresses, take a swatch of fabric with you to the wedding fair, you can use this to compare colours and fabrics to things like floral bouquets, chair covers and more.
  • Don’t make any rash decisions – if a company interests you, book an appointment with them. Someone who makes pretty cakes might not live up to your expectations on taste, for example. It’s a good idea to scout out people’s workshops to get a good impression of their organisation levels too!
  • Take a Polaroid camera. Since the photos are printed instantly, you can stick them in a scrapbook. Put the trader’s details on the back of the Polaroid.
  • Don’t be afraid to experiment. Try on a dress you wouldn’t usually, or let a make-up artist have a bit of fun! After all, this day is about working hard to research what will make your big day perfect.
  • If you take photos on your phone, you can upload them to Pinterest using the Pinterest app. This way you can also quickly save web addresses to access easily later.
  • Try not to bring too many friends with you. One extra should do, or just go on your own! This way you’ll be able to clearly make decisions about your big day without anyone’s opinions bogging you down.
  • If you have a bridal folder, print a sheet of key information about your wedding – this will help suppliers when they ask questions. Include facts such as your clothing measurements, the colours you’re using (with pantone references!), the address of your venue, your venue’s contact number, the exact number of guests and so on.
  • Use a cheap service like Vistaprint to get simple cards with your contact details printed. Include your full name and your grooms full name, your wedding venue, wedding date and contact numbers. On the back, include space to write a few notes. You can just hand these out to suppliers you like instead of filling out lots of contact forms.

What are your top tips for attending wedding fairs? Feel free to share them in the comments!

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