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All you need to know about wedding fayres …

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wedding fayre

Wedding fayres can be great fun, really informative and a great buzz – full of all of great ideas and helpful tips. In fact, other than the NJAW website ,we think they’re the best way to meet large numbers of wedding suppliers in your area that can meet your every need. Unfortunately though, they can leave you feeling a little overwhelmed – so many people selling so many things!

Here at NJAW we’ve done our fair share of wedding fayres so here are our 5 top-tips for getting the most out of them:

* Set your budget BEFORE you do anything! If you don’t know how much things cost, think about how much you can afford and then stick to that. It’s easy to get carried away but being in debt for years because of one day isn’t worth it. Your wedding should fit your budget, not the other way around. For help with setting your budget why not try our NJAW budget planner

* Research which suppliers will be at the fayre – bigger fayres often publish who will be exhibiting in advance on thier websites. Planning a list of who you want to see will mean that you don’t miss anyone

* Ask the right questions! Make a list of what you want to know before you go e.g. how much do you charge? what exactly do you get (and not get)?, how long do you need to set up etc

* Pick up all of the offers and the goodie bags. Suppliers spend a lot of time and money trying to attract you to their stalls so take advantage! Even if you’re already sorted, sadly you never know what might happen.

* Create a wedding e-mail! There’s nothing worse than your work inbox being bombarded with e-mails or you missing that all important about your dress fitting. Creating a unique e-mail address keeps everything in one place, making your life that little bit easier.

What not to forget!

1) Printed directions to the venue
2) A note pad and pen!
3) To wear comfortable clothing and SHOES!
4) A large, strong bag – one with long handles is ideal
5) Your diary
6) Colour swatch if you’ve already decided on colours
7) Cheque book and/or cash – you may need to take advantage of ‘on-the-spot’ deals
8) Pre-printed address labels
9) Your list of questions to ask and your budget

And at number 10…most importantly, it’s a trusted companion. Someone who will give you honest opinions and who’s opinion you actually trust and listen to.
NOW OFF YOU GO!

For a list of wedding fayres in the North East click here

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