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How to get the most out of a wedding show

31 Oct 2016

Get the most out of Bride: The Wedding Show at Colchester on November 5-6 with these useful tips from exhibitors

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Bride: The Wedding Show comes to Colchester, Essex on November 5-6 and here some of the event's exhibitors detail how to get the most out of a wedding show.

"Empty your handbag of unnecessary weight, bring a bottle of water to stay hydrated and a little tote bag for all the leaflets and brochures you’ll collect on your way round. And if you’re planning on trying on wedding dresses whilst you’re there, have a think of what underwear you’ll wear too." Amanda Hutchinson, owner and photographer, Amanda Karen Photography

"Take your time and do not be afraid to ask questions." Iain Kinsman, manager, Anthony's Menswear

"Get there early, take your time, take the opportunity to get a feel for the people who may end up being a part of your wedding, don’t be afraid to haggle and book on the day to get the best deal." Steven Williamson, director and DJ, Blackjack Wedding Discos

"For the bride and groom: be different, be exciting, make your wedding stand out from the norm, let us help your guests remember your day as one that stands out from the crowd." Cat Mackay, director, Bonsai by Design Ltd

"When you visit the stands, always speak to the business owners if you can, as it's important to get to know the suppliers you are dealing with and build a good relationship." Laura Bartrum, business owner, Boutique of Dreams


"Go in with a game plan. Think about what services are most important to you and have questions prepared to help you build on information about those services.  Use your show guide. Take a pen with you as you go round and mark on the guide any stands that you would like to revisit whilst at the show." Leighann Baker, owner, Cakephoria

"Take a notebook. Write down who you spoke to and what services they offer." Dave Walker, director, Celebrations Wedding & Party Hire

"Come with a plan, make a list of what you need or are looking for, and of course come early." Chanon deValois, owner and photographer, Chanon deValois Photography

"Chat to the suppliers, we are all here to help you get the very best out of your wedding day. It’s important you get to know the people who are going to be contributing to your big day as you will be liaising with them a lot on the lead up to it." Victoria and Rob Jackson, owners, Dazed Photography


"Make sure you have plenty of water and some comfortable shoes too, wedding shows
are always busy with lots of stands bursting with information. Take your time and speak to exhibitors to find out more about their service. Sometimes this may be hard as there may be many other people, but if you take a card and contact them later, they will always be happy to help." Maria Michael, business owner and professional phtoographer, DeTheo Photography

"Take time to look around and ask questions. If you already have suppliers in mind visit their stands, make notes and take pictures if possible of any displays that you like. Please ask to sit in wedding vehicles to check that they are suitable for your needs." David and Jayne Spooner, owners, East Coast Classic's

"Take your time, enjoy speaking to the exhibitors and build a scrap book after the event of all the businesses that you are interested in as you will end up with lots and lots of leaflets." Donna Byrne, owner and manager, Essex Bridal Outlet

"Our advice is to attend the show with an open mind.  Brides-to-be may have a fixed idea on what they envisage for their big day, but this is their one chance to view other creative ideas and talk directly to the experts and suppliers.  Don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions and brainstorm ideas for your wedding with different suppliers." Beverley Nichols, company director and floral designer, Jades Flower Design

"Go in with a plan of action of what you would like to achieve during your visit. If you are after booking a particular vendor, make sure you visit all of the competition and get to know the owners well before booking. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but sometimes it helps to have a friend or relative with you, and it makes the whole experience more fun." Laura Bennett, owner and photographer, Laura Jane Photography

"Chat with the people on the stands; they are all there to help make your day special." Vicky Watts, owner, Let Us Invite You


"Get there early and visit every stand, keep an open mind, benchmark suppliers against each other and go with the supplier you like." Mandy Richards, proprietor, MR Events

"Arrive early. Make the most out of the day by speaking to lots of providers, take notes on the ones you like the most, ask lots of questions, and enjoy yourself. Many suppliers will be offering discounts on the day, so it may be a good opportunity to grab a bargain." Natalie Delente, owner and photographer, Natalie Delente Photography

"Enjoy your day and use it as an opportunity to talk to wedding suppliers face to face, so that you can get a feel for the companies and the products and services they have to offer." Lizzie Reid, owner, Photo Booth Events

"Pace yourself. Wedding shows can be incredibly busy and a bit overwhelming. Have a brief look around all of the exhibitors when you first arrive then have a break (the nearest champagne bar is always a good pit-stop)." Kelly Chapman, owner, Queenies London

"Come with a list of questions and ask as many exhibitors as possible the same questions to get various pieces of advice. Take your time at each stand and don’t be afraid to ask any questions at all. Enter any competitions available… you never know your luck." Sarah Barrett, owner, Russet and Gray

"Take your time and stroll around a couple of times before you pick specific stands to visit. We will be there for two days, so there is no hurry and you don’t have to book it all there and then. Just enjoy the day." Giles Cowley, baker, Sassa's Cakes

"This is our first year of exhibiting at wedding shows, so we would just say – enjoy it and speak to as many people as you can and come and say 'hi' to us at the Scripin Events stand." Jack Rogers, director, Scripin Events

"Enjoy! Have a plan of what stands you would like to visit before you go so you make sure you get to speak to the exhibitors who can help you the most." Sarah Law, owner, The Bridal Beauty Expert


"Take your time, have a look at the stall holders and home in on a few that are relevant. Take notes because as lovely as we think we are, you’ll probably struggle to remember the specifics by the time you leave Crowne Plaza." Nicholas Charrington, owner, The Marney Partnership

"Pre-register before the show, as some shows offer a discount on tickets. Research the show before you come to see what stands will be there and look specifically for the ones you are most interested in. Bring a list of questions to ask, along with a small notebook and pen." Fiona Wood, owner, The Wedding Ring Gallery

"I would advise them to go in with an open mind. As far as what I can offer, I have met couples in the past that never considered walking down the aisle to live music, or having their first dance played live. Once you experience it for yourselves it can get the ideas flowing, so don't rule anything out." Tom Ryder, musician

"Go with an open mind. The exhibitors are all on hand to offer you advice and the best services around. Walk around slowly and explore all of the stands; you don’t want to miss an opportunity. You could essentially tie up all of your wedding and honeymoon needs in one day." James Whitaker-Sheppard, senior travel designer, Travel Designers

"Take a bottle of water and wear your most comfortable shoes, as you’ll be doing lots of walking and talking to suppliers." Louise & Rob, owners, trebor photography

"I would advise visitors to get as much information at the show as possible and get involved with the whole experience." Sally Bush, owner, Weddingshoes.direct


For more information on Bride: The Wedding Show at Crowne Plaza Five Lakes Resort in Colchester, visit www.theweddingshow.co.uk/colchester-show/, where you can view exhibitor profiles and buy tickets.

Tickets are £7.50 on the door, or £6 when booked in advance.

Call Sarah Bunn on 01603 772538 to buy your tickets and receive a free copy of Essex Bride magazine (worth £3.99).

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