Planning a wedding can be an overwhelming endeavor, so attending a wedding fair is a smart choice when shopping around for a variety of vendors to meet the needs of your perfect day.
I have several engaged friends and family members this year, so I’ve been asked to help navigate through common questions and tips on getting the most from wedding fairs. I thought I’d share them here in hopes they might help you as well!
Here are my top 5 quick tips to get the most out of your wedding fair experience:
1) Go in with a “shopping list” — What vendors are your must haves? - Photographer? Florist? DJ? If you make a list of top 3, you can focus on specific vendors without getting overwhelmed. You will likely get swept up in vendors who specialize in everything from Chalkboard Signage to Duck Dynasty-style camouflage tuxes (yes, this exists!), but have fun with it! Just because you go looking for bread and milk doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in caramel cheesecake ice cream.
2) Print out your info stickers — The Wedding Fair recommends printing your names (as a couple), your wedding date, wedding venue, and email address onto return address sticker labels. A lot of vendors have information sign ups, contests, etc - save yourself the trouble of hand writing the same information over and over at each vendor table.
PRO TIP —> Create a separate wedding email account to use for wedding vendors - if you end up communicating with a vendor you want to book, you can always cc or switch to your regular email account to stay up-to-date. (Make sure you check it for information on a regular basis, but this will prevent you from getting spammed long after your wedding.) Think “Futuremrs.Lastname@gmail.com”
3) Value conversation more than flyers — Don’t feel obligated to submit your information to every vendor or collect brochures from every table. Yes, you can learn a lot by researching the business after the fair (using the brochures as reference), but you don’t want to end up wasting a lot of print materials for no reason. Often times you can get the best feel for a vendor by talking to them directly.
4) Consider your budget, but be open to pricing — According to costofwedding.com, the average cost of a 50-100 guest wedding in Minnesota in 2018 was between $21,337 and $35,561. This is on par with the US average of $33,391 in 2018.
5) Have fun being engaged — planning is only part of the process! Take time to enjoy your fiance(e) and don't sweat the small stuff. If you are worried about going overboard, consider hiring a wedding planner at the top of your vendor list!
Thanks for reading, hope to see you at the next fair!
(I will be at the 1/20/2019 Wedding Fair at the Minneapolis Convention Center).