Happy New Year!

In the blink of an eye we seem to have fast-forward to 2018!Happy New Year to all of our Venues, our Exhibitors and of course all of the lovely couples who are planning their Special Day…

This time of year tends to see and influx of Festive & New Year Engagements & Proposals, as well as all the couples who are already in the midst of their preparations – for either this year’s weddings, 2019, or beyond, embarking upon getting everything booked and planned in advance.

Whenever or wherever you’re getting married, we’ll have ideas & inspiration galore at our Wedding Fayres, across Hampshire, Surrey & Sussex throughout 2018; it’s a great opportunity to explore many fantastic wedding venues and see what facilities and packages they offer, if you’re looking for the perfect place to wow your guests, plus meet the many businesses and services that are likely to play a big part in your day too. From Florists, Cake Makers, Venue Decor Specialists and more, you can meet many and gather ideas until you find just what you’re looking for.

And if you’ve already found the prefect venue to say “I do” and celebrate with your nearest and dearest, then you can piece together all of the other important elements and coordinate everything, by browsing all of the types of things you might need.

We produce Wedding Fayres for and with venues who want us to showcase their hotel and it’s facilities for Weddings; from unique and iconic, luxurious, smaller more intimate, etc – you’ll see and hear all about our wedding fayres everywhere, including across Capital FM, so listen out for each upcoming one! Generally our events have anything from 40 wedding businesses displaying on the day, up to almost 100 at our largest. You can check out the details for each here on our website or follow our social media pages for up to date information, especially as venues often want us to tell you about any last minute or Exclusive Wedding Offers they may have.

We like you to come (and go…and come back again!) happy and excited with your planning, so we offer you as much as we can in the way of information and details. Working with many leading Wedding Magazine Publications we fill our Bridal Bags with up to £12 worth of glossy new editions, plus many other goodies inside. Several magazines retail at anything from £3.45 up to £4.99 each and our **Deluxe Tote Bridal Bags are limited to the first 100 Brides-to-Be, as they’re always in such high demand, so don’t miss out as we have to offer them first come first served. However, don’t be disappointed as we have hundreds of our regular gift bags too which are still bursting with information and magazines.

(We levy a small Entry Fee at our Fayres of just £2 per adult (under 18’s are Free) with a proportion of it being donated annually to our chosen charity: http://www.weddingwishingwell.org.uk/ **Entry Fee Applies, Tote Bags are limited to the ‘couple’ only, who register upon entry)

On another note: In all the excitement, there’s often understandable confusion regarding what to expect when you attend ‘Wedding Fayres/Fairs’ (the spelling is relevant!) ‘Wedding Open Days or Evenings’, ‘Wedding Showcases’ etc; both Open Days or Showcases tend to be when a hotel or venue themselves, put on their own wedding ‘set up’ or display, showing you exactly how the venue can look, set beautifully and decorated, with a handful of their ‘recommended’ suppliers on hand to chat to also. You can explore the venue and speak to their Wedding and Events Coordinators and get a good idea if it might be just what you’re looking for…

A professionally organised Wedding Fayre on the other hand is where the venue have often invited an external organiser (such as us) to produce an event with lots of wedding businesses for you to see, whilst still being able to meet and talk to their wedding and events team (and often still see parts of the venue set-up for a wedding) giving you the opportunity to do some wedding planning whilst also being within the venue. There may be a fashion show, complimentary welcome drinks, gift bags, competitions, samples and more, and if you’ve left your details with the venue as a potential contender on your list of hotels, they will most likely also invite you back to attend their own opening evening or showcase perhaps later in the year, so that you can see the venue again minus all the hustle and bustle of the actual wedding fayre – so they’re all great opportunities no matter what, and not forgetting you can always contact a venue and arrange an appointment to pop along to see them at any time – but as we’re often asked by couples, we thought we’d help clarify the differences a little!

Happy Wedding Planning