So last Sunday I exhibited at my second wedding fayre and I think I am getting the hang of it a bit more now!! This fayre was a last minute booking as I was contacted via Twitter on Monday and asked if I’d like to exhibit the following Sunday. I had been to the venue before for work meetings and work parties so I knew what it was like and was therefore keen to do the fayre. So despite the fact that this would mean three fayres on three Sundays in a row I agreed to going.
The fayre was held at the Holiday Inn, Royal Victoria in Sheffield.
This beautiful grade 2 listed building is in the city centre and would make a perfect venue for anyone wanting a city centre wedding with an historical atmosphere. The elegant ballroom is stunning and I personally believe that this would be the perfect venue for a vintage themed wedding. Imagine 1940’s style vintage tea parties.
We arrived in good time to set up our stand. This time we were a bit more organised. We put prices on all of our products so people could see how much we were charging. This seemed to work well as the brides seem to be pleasantly surprised at how reasonable our prices were. We also had clip boards so that we could access order forms and mailing lists quickly. Also holding a clip board and pen made me feel much more professional. Plus I like to keep my hands busy so this was perfect for me!! Our stand was placed at the back of the room in the corner but it was actually quite a good location as everyone had to walk past us in order to go and view the ceremony room. Again I took my poor hubby along with me. He was my fetcher and carrier for the day but also answered a few questions about hair accessories which I’m sure he revelled in!!
I did pick up a few tips from the other exhibitors. I noticed that people were standing beside their stand and handing out their leaflets to people as soon as they came up to the stand. They would also start talking to them straight away. I took this on board and it seemed to work well. We also made the decision that if people were looking for a different colour or style to what we had on the day we would take their details and contact them with ideas of the products we could get. Again this worked better than asking people to e-mail us.
So all in all I think this wedding fayre was more of a success than the previous week and I really enjoyed the day. I wasn’t as nervous and felt a lot more comfortable talking to other exhibitors and potential customers. I am hoping that for my wedding fayre next Sunday I will be even better.
Just a quick mention for some fabulous companies who were also there on the day:
Kurly Bird Events – to help with your entire event management needs. http://www.kurlybirdevents.co.uk/index.html
Reflections photography – for beautiful wedding photos
Love in a mist – for beautiful venue styling
If anyone came to see us on the day I hope you enjoyed the fayre. If you missed us we will be exhibiting at the Glasshouse, Doncaster on Sunday the 11th March so come and see us there.