Navigating the Wedding Fair
As Wedding Fair Season approaches at Hastings Hotels we often get asked by anxious brides how best to use of their time at one of our fairs – who should they talk to, what should their plan of attack for the day be, should they focus on the dress, music, floral arrangements. So our team of specialists put together 5 of their top tips for intending couples who want to make the most out of their Wedding Fair experience.
1. Plan Ahead
This might sound obvious, but we see many couples coming through the doors with very little idea with what exactly they want to out of the day. Have a plan in place for what it is you are looking for, whether it is your dress, bridal party outfits, wedding bands, musical accompaniment etc. As much as you will want to cram everything into one day, it’s not always possible, so make yourself a quick check-list and prioritise!
2. Bring the Right People with You
We mean no disrespect to the men here, but ladies, if you have to drag the groom along, it’s probably best to leave him at home. Bring along a family member or friend that is keen to help with the wedding planning and will be able to assist you on the day by connecting with suppliers, pointing you in the right direction, asking the questions that need to be asked. On the other hand, if the man in your life is keen to be involved, let him. Trust him to do some of the heavy lifting.
3. Ask Questions
Don’t just pick up flyers and freebies, make the most of the time and talk to the suppliers exhibiting at the Wedding Fair. Have some questions, they will be more than happy to answer them there and then, or if they can’t they will make an effort to contact you post-fair. Ask for contact details, follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest and this will give you a much better idea of their experience.
4. Be Prepared
If you find the right bridal store, jeweller, musician they might require a deposit to secure their services so be prepared for that. Do get at least 3 quotes if and where possible and leave yourself with some negotiating room – nothing ventured = nothing gained.
Wedding Fairs are designed to help you plan for your big day, not to add even more stress to your already hectic schedule. Why not arrive early and enjoy a relaxing coffee in the hotel with some delicious pastries or tray-bakes, and take the time to explore where exactly the suppliers you want to talk to are located. Plan to spend the day at the fair, don’t tie yourself down to a set schedule and be realistic with your expectations.
Hastings Hotels in association with Perfect Bliss will be hosting a series of Wedding Fairs this Autumn in each of our six hotels across Northern Ireland:
Sunday 2nd September - Stormont Hotel
Sunday 16th September – Culloden Estate and Spa
Sunday 16th September – Everglades Hotel Derry-Londonderry
Sunday 7th October – Slieve Donard
Sunday 14th October – Ballygally Castle
For further information on our wedding packages and fairs visit http://www.hastingshotels.com/weddings.html