How to plan for the big day...
pring is traditionally the time of year that hails the arrival of the wedding season. As thousands prepare to walk down the aisle during the window of opportunity for good weather over the summer months, others will be attending the many wedding fairs across the region to begin the planning for their own special day. This year there’s something extra special to give everyone the excitement of wedding fever – the highlyanticipated Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29th. Unfortunately, most of us don’t have the advantage of a small army of organisers to ensure our big day is everything we dreamed of, so months of planning (sometimes even years) is essential to getting it right. Where does one start in the complex world of organising a wedding? Wedding fairs are an excellent way to get some ideas, and find out the latest trends. They have a variety of exhibitors and offer a chance to see the products and services at first hand before committing. Wedding fairs provide the opportunity to
It’s the time of year when wedding plans get into full swing. Charlotte Thorneycroft explains how to get the most from local wedding fairs... compare what’s offered by a range of competing business all under one roof. You can quickly realise what’s right for your big day and what’s available for the budget you’ve set aside. Wedding fairs are often hosted by large venues keen to show off their facilities to potential customers. Where to have your wedding should be on top of the list to organise, and it’s important to talk to the venue in depth to make sure it’s suitable for your intended celebrations. If your perfect choice is a country mansion capable of holding 300 and you’re only planning on inviting 50, ask if they have a smaller room in which your party won’t look lost – most will try to accommodate your needs. Also think about where your venue is – if you’re asking guests to travel some distance to a rural hotel, make sure it has enough rooms to accommodate those who’ll need them. Wedding car companies will often have one or two of their vehicles on show and can talk you through your options – a vintage car might be your dream, but just make sure it can make the
30-mile journey to the church! Cake companies take the opportunity to offer samples and will be happy to discuss your ideas and show you similar cakes they have done. Ask photographers to talk you through their portfolios so you can see if you like their style and find out what’s included in their packages. Suit hire, dresses, stationery, favours, jewellery and make-up are just some of the exhibitors you can expect to see. Take
plenty of business cards and leaflets, making a note of anyone who caught your eye and has given you prices or advice. Remember that most of the prices you will have been quoted on the day will be standard fees, and a little postfair negotiating could get you a much better deal – especially if your wedding is ‘out of season’. However you plan your big day, make sure you take the time to enjoy it – the planning is half the fun! KL
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KLmagazine March 2011
Published on Mar 1, 2011