Bridal fairs and wedding expos can be scary and overwhelming, but there are a few important reasons why engaged couples should make an effort to attend at least one bridal fair. I have listed a few:
You might win something
I have listed this first because this is the reason I usually attend bridal fairs. I’m not engaged, but I always get excited at the prospect of winning something. Most exhibitors will run private competitions at their stall and it is usually as simple as leaving your name and email address and your name will be put into a draw to win something. Free photography at your wedding, a discount on your wedding cake, a photo booth, a discount on your day of wedding co-ordinator needs, etc.
You will be inspired
One thing is for sure, if you find yourself in a room full of wedding vendors, you will feel inspired. It’s pretty much a real life version of Pinterest! Each vendor has a unique style and way of incorporating modern trends and classic ideas.
You will be up to date on the latest wedding trends
One thing that Pinterest hasn’t always achieved, is ditching last year’s trends and replacing them with something new. Some pins are repinned so many times we forget that the original idea is actually two years old. If you are keen to have a modern wedding that is inspired by only the latest trends, your local wedding vendors will have what you are looking for!
You might find things you didn’t know you would want
Most brides have a detailed list of things they want to incorporate into their wedding, but attending a bridal fair or wedding expo will open your eyes to things you didn’t realise you would want. Some may think this is a great way to blow a wedding budget, but you may be surprised at what you will find. For some it is the general style of the wedding that they end up changing, or purchasing a couples’ massage, or adding a small touch that hadn’t been thought of.
You will get great discounts
Most bridal expos offer their exhibitors the opportunity to provide new clients with a significant discount. These discounts usually range between 15 and 30% off their usual fee and they are only valid when booking the vendor at the bridal fair. This is a great way to save money by booking your vendors at an expo!
You can chat to your vendors face to face
Most brides and grooms have day jobs and activities that cause them to be incredibly busy. This means that organising meetings with each wedding vendor can become a hassle. Attending a wedding expo means that you get to meet with potential wedding vendors face to face and get a sense of their personality, style and what they could contribute to your wedding. Essentially, you could meet with all your wedding vendors under one roof in the space of an hour or two.
You can enjoy free samples
If you don’t end up booking any vendors, winning anything or feeling inspired (that is unlikely), at the very least, you can enjoy the free samples that you will find at most exhibitors’ stalls. Sweet treats, massages, a glass of bubbly, and of course, the free fashion show and live music!
Get to The South African Wedding Show at the CTICC in Cape Town this weekend! Tickets are available online and at the door and you can see the program on the website.
Saturday 6 June at 9:00 – 19:00 and Sunday 7 June at 9:00 – 17:00.