Should I go to a wedding fair?

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Some couples, when they first get engaged, know exactly what they want in terms of a wedding; the venue, the style, the entertainment… and other couples have literally no idea where to start - and that’s ok! There is so much choice out there and so many different options, that it’s always a good idea to stop and have a look at what is available to you.

The best way to do this is to attend wedding fairs, which I know can be quite intimidating, especially for couples who do not know what they want. If you already know the venue you want, then I recommend attending a wedding fair or open day at the venue, so that you can see how it will be set up for a wedding and you can meet their recommended suppliers, who know the venue really well and have been chosen to exhibit there because of their excellent service.

If, however, you can’t decide on the venue or style you want for your wedding, then I recommend going to a bigger wedding fair, such as The Wedding Experience at Detling Showground, A Kentish Wedding at University of Kent Sports Complex, PDE Wedding Fayres at Bluewater or The Quirky Wedding Fayre at various venues across Kent. At these types of wedding fairs, there will be a wider selection of suppliers, including venues, for you to see and talk to, and this can help you decide what you would (or wouldn’t!) want.

Wedding fairs can also be a useful means of comparing different suppliers, and being able to do it in one day, in one place; additionally, you get to see examples of the suppliers' previous work, which can help you decide if they're the supplier you want to use.

Some businesses hold competitions or offer discounts at wedding fairs, to encourage you to book them. Whilst this can mean you get a good discount, don't rush to book someone just because you want to save money; make sure they are the right supplier for you.

Exhibitors know and understand that it can be overwhelming for couples, both in terms of the information you're given and the ideas available, but they generally just want to have a chat, find out about you and what you want, and try to help. Just remember, you are not obliged to book anyone or make any decisions when at a wedding fair; it is fine to just wander around, get some ideas, maybe talk to a supplier or two, get some business cards or leaflets, and then go home and think about it all as and when you want to.

Wedding fairs are designed to help you meet the businesses who could help you bring your dream wedding to life, so find out what’s on near you and go and have a look around!

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