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The South’s Best Wedding Fairs

27th January 2024

Unravelling the Enchantment of Wedding Fairs

If you’ve recently become engaged, congratulations! You are now embarking upon an exciting journey of planning your dream wedding. But where to start I hear you ask? Look no further than a wedding fair! It’s like a treasure hunt for wedding inspo, plus a chance to schmooze with top-notch suppliers. Venues often host fairs, meaning you can get a sneak peek of the place all dolled up. Or, take things up a notch and hit up a massive conference center, like the Bournemouth Hilton, for a weekend of pure wedding bliss.

As the winter months transition to spring, January, February, and March offer a host of enchanting wedding showcases, fairs, and open days to attend. Take a moment to mark these events in your calendar and let the journey to your special day begin!

What magic awaits at a wedding fair?

Wedding fairs provide more than just an opportunity to avail golden discounts; they offer a plethora of artisans, inspiration, and venues that capture your heart and imagination. If you’re newly engaged or attending a wedding fair for the first time, it can be challenging to know where to start. However, there’s no need to worry, as I’ll guide you through this magical realm from the very beginning.

But we don’t have a wedding date yet…

While not imperative, a rough date is always appreciated from a supplier’s perspective. Even a ballpark date, as broad as ” September 2025,” can be beneficial since some suppliers have limited availability and can often be booked years in advance. However, if you haven’t decided upon a date, don’t fret; you’ll still get lots out of attending.

Will I be forced into purchasing anything?

Absolutely not! When you show an interest in a supplier’s offerings, they might ask for your email address. This way, they can send you more details and figure out the best way to help you out! Let’s say you’re curious about my Magical Wedding Hosting Packages, I’d love to keep in touch, so I’ll jot down your name, email address and date (if you have one). Later, I’ll send you an email to introduce myself and offer any assistance.

Who can I expect to see?

At any wedding fair, you’ll meet a fabulous range of suppliers who each bring their own unique flair to the table. Whether you’re hunting for the perfect photographer, a cake that tastes like pure happiness, a dress that makes you feel like royalty, a magician that will leave your guests spell bound or a band that will rock your socks off, the possibilities are endless. So get ready to meet an incredible lineup of florists, photographers, hair and makeup geniuses, caterers that will make your taste buds dance, and even jewellers who will help you find the perfect rings to seal the deal! It’s like a fairytale come to life!

Top tips for wedding fairs

  • Jot down a wedding wish list, and let the party planning commence! Not only will it give you a sparkly vision board to drool over, but it’ll also make it easier to find suppliers who can add priceless advice and help you nail down the budget with ease.
  • Once you’ve got your budget all sorted out, keep it in mind as you peruse your options. This way, you can figure out what truly matters to you (and your guests) and where you can skimp a bit.
  • Most places tend to be buzzing in the morning, but by early afternoon around 2 PM, fairs tend to be a little quieter! And that’s when the fun begins. A quieter setting means you can have longer chats with suppliers and indulge in the tiny details without feeling rushed or lost in the crowd.
  • Picture this: you stroll through a wonderland of suppliers and ideas, leaving with a head full of inspiration. But wait, how do you remember all the magic? Easy peasy! Grab a trusty notepad and pen and scribble down the names of any suppliers or ideas that wowed you. Don’t forget to swipe business cards and leaflets too! And, if you want a suave supplier to reach out with a quote or more info, leave your digits or email. They’ll be eager to make your dreams a reality, no strings attached!
  • Don’t be shy to pick your supplier’s brain. These folks are experts in their area and are always happy to offer up suggestions and advice to make your life easier.
  • Let’s all be courteous (yes, suppliers too!) – we all have our own preferences, and what works for some might not work for others. If a supplier doesn’t meet your needs, don’t be a grump! Let’s spread kindness like confetti!
  • Get ready to mingle with the best in the business! Meet and greet the venue’s top-notch suppliers, and let your creativity run wild! These intimate events give you the chance to get up close and personal with the pros while taking in the venue’s full glory. Don’t miss out on this extravaganza!

If you’re looking to track me down in the next few months, your best bet is to scout out these hotspots:

Happy planning!

Magic by Alfie