Do you really need to go to a wedding show when you can search for lots of photographers, bridal wear, wedding cakes, florists, venues, make up artists, hair stylists, entertainment, and just general wedding inspiration, all at the touch of a phone screen or the click of a mouse?
I really enjoy going to wedding shows as part of my job, but as a bride it was a completely different experience. So trust me when I say that I understand when people tell me they don't think they'll bother going to one. The truth is you can often feel hounded, there’s an awful lot going on and you sometimes feel you have to make on the spot decisions.
But it's a great way to see in person what local wedding vendors can offer you, and talking to suppliers in person allows you to make decisions in a way I don’t think you can on the internet. You can often see and touch samples for example (like my USB boxes and photo books) and talk in person to potentially the people you are trusting to help make your wedding day a success and perfect for you both.
You really don't have to make any decisions on the day and any reasonable supplier will understand that. Although it must be said that because weddings are often planned one or sometimes two years in advance, a lot of vendors (particularly the good ones) will get booked up quickly, so try not to hang around too long if you know there's a photographer, a venue or even a make up artist that you really want to hire.
In my opinion, it really can't hurt going to at least one wedding show. Be brave, take a couple of friends along, grab lots of flyers and price lists, chat to suppliers and see what’s on offer.
Here's the next one I'll be going to, I hope to see you there!
I hope you found this helpful and happy wedding planning!
If you have any questions you'd like me to answer, feel free to get in touch.
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tHE ramblings OF HOLLY CADe:
Wedding and Portrait Photographer - based on the Isle of Wight.