Wedding Exhibitions and Shows
A Guide to Wedding Fairs.
With wedding fair season just around the corner, the Joseph Massie Flowers team are delighted to share with you our Wedding Show schedule. We love our time at the shows, they are busy and bustling and a wonderful opportunity to meet with new couples. We showcase some of our wedding flower favourites and our team is on hand to answer any questions you might have and discuss all things flowers. To begin we are exploring a favourite city centre location with the Urban Luxe, Big City Wedding Festival at Victoria Warehouse, Manchester on September 15th. To follow we are excited to be exhibiting for the first time at the wonderful two day exhibition, The Liverpool Wedding Show on September 21st and 22nd. On October 20th we return to one of our favourite wedding venues, Iscoyd Park for this beautiful country house, luxury wedding show. We finish the autumn show season proudly showcasing at the region’s largest wedding event, The National Wedding Show at Manchester Central, October 26th and 27th.
If you are planning your wedding then bridal shows and exhibitions are a wonderful resource and opportunity to explore, be inspired, research and meet your wedding suppliers in person. Read on to discover our guide for navigating your way around wedding shows and tips on how to get the most from your day.
Identify the type of show you want to attend.
Just as there are a whole range of wedding venues and styles to explore, there is also a varied selection of wedding shows to choose from. From wedding venue open evenings showcasing a classic wedding set-up, to multi day events featuring hundreds of wedding specialists and suppliers, there is a show style to suit your wedding style. If you have already chosen the venue for your wedding, it can be really wonderful to attend a show being held in the same space. These typically feature suppliers that regularly work at the venue and know the space and staff well. They are more intimate than the national shows and usually a little quieter allowing more time to speak one on one with vendors. If you are looking for suppliers for a whole host of your wedding requirements then the larger, two day exhibitions are the place to go. These are the best opportunity to explore a large range of suppliers, to compare services and to be inspired by ideas you haven’t yet discovered.
2. Pre-book your show tickets and register for the event.
Depending upon the show you choose, your entry to the event may be free or you may require a ticket for entry. Either way pre-registering is a good idea and a time saver. Many shows have discounted tickets and goody bag giveaways when you book early and it saves time having to queue on arrival. There’s also the chance to be entered into exclusive competitions; this season The National Wedding Show is offering £10,000 to spend at the show.
3. Research the exhibitors and identify your shortlist before you arrive.
If you are attending one of the larger events it can be tempting to simply arrive on the day with a view to walking around and awaiting inspiration. Whilst it is wonderful to discover a new artisan baker or encounter a flower variety you hadn’t yet considered, it can also be a very busy and overwhelming day. If you have a checklist of items you still need to source or the Instagram account of an exhibiting supplier has been holding your attention then we recommend you identify and prioritise a shortlist of these vendors so you don’t miss out on them if things get a little hectic on the day.
4. Know the show schedule before you arrive.
One of the highlights of attending wedding exhibitions are the specialist workshops and shows within the events. The wedding dress catwalk is always one of the most popular features and some shows host an inspiring selection of workshops though out the day. Check the itinerary before you arrive to make sure you don’t miss out on something you want to see or try out. An insider tip is to also use the catwalk show time to visit your shortlisted suppliers; the exhibition floor always quietens at this time with the majority of people viewing the fashion show, so if your dress is already chosen you can use this time to get a quiet moment at the exhibitor stands.
5. Be prepared with images, questions, fabric swatches and your own inspiration.
Wedding shows are a wonderful opportunity to get up close and personal with the suppliers. You might have fallen in love with their website but this is a chance to examine things in person and get answers to specific questions that are personal to your wedding. If you want to match your wedding flowers to your bridesmaids dress colour then having a fabric sample to show us helps us identify flower options for you. If you have an image of a table arrangement that you love but don’t see anything similar on display then show it to us and we will let you know what is possible. As a supplier, we can’t possibly show you everything that we do in just one show. We select just a sample of our offerings to showcase and one of our industry tricks when exhibiting is to use a selection of silk flowers in place of fresh so if what you see isn’t exactly what you want then don’t be afraid to ask about something different.
We firmly believe that the best wedding flowers are created out of partnerships between our couples and ourselves and the wedding shows are the perfect place to start this relationship. We look forward to meeting you at one of this seasons shows but if you can’t wait to book a consultation then head on over to our process page to discover more about our services and book your personal meeting.