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    Hello

    Last year I contacted a hotel, which is the main one in Dumfries for wedding fairs. They quoted me £110 but I didn't want to do it at that time, I had only been trading for a couple of months and I didn't want to go to a fair when I had never been to one before.
    I have checked again and this years price is £180, which I simply do not have at the moment, but I may have in October, when they next fair will be held.

    Has anyone else done any wedding fairs. What price did you pay to exhibit? What kind of items did you have up, and did most brides actually buy or book on the day or did they contact you later.

    I would be selling wedding stationery, guestbooks, keepsake and veil boxes and the dress boxes.

    All comments and help much appreciated

    Susan x x x
    My Website www.rheadesigns.co.uk

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    Hi Susan
    that is the most expensive hotel wedding fayre ever! This was what I would say when I first did wedding fayres. Tell them that you want to exhibit at the hotel as it is such a popular place for weddings but you are just a new business (hobby business?) you dont really have the budget to afford such a high fee. Can they offer you a place at a reduced cost? Even if you have to fore go any personal mention in any newspaper advertisement to get it at a cheaper price.
    The average cost of wedding fayres in my area is approximately £80 to £125 at the moment. There were a few occasions when a price of £150 was mentioned but I think businesses objected to it so now the hotels invite more exhibitors so spread the cost of advertising.
    Hope it goes well for you
    Diana
    Something Shiny Something Sparkly
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    • #3
      That does seem to be extortionate Susan, why not try Diana's approach, they can't charge you for asking, and the other thing is that she who doesn't ask, doesn't get. There is real money to be made in the wedding game and a piece of the action won't do you any harm at all
      Carol
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      • #4
        ive just done the confetti show in Liverpool this weekend, it was £299 for 2 days in the huge arena. The smaller shows in hotels went from £110 to £215. I think for the volume of people it was good value for money
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        • #5
          Thanks for the replies

          I am going to phone them tomorrow and see what they say. They may have a lot of places left that they want to be filled. Regarding the previous one, in October, there were four other stationers. None of them do wedding dress or keepsake boxes though, in fact, noone local does them, so I would like to tap into this.

          I think if it was a big show, like the confetti one gbell, then I wouldn't be so hesitant, but Dumfries isn't that big! I cannot really say how many people attend, but even if I decide not to do it right now I am going to visit it again and have another sneaky look at other stalls

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          • #6
            I think i was lucky as there were no other bespoke tiara stalls there, so i had plenty of interest. Im not sure id bother the with the smaller ones now
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            • #7
              I think is a bit expensive for a hotel to be honest. The most I have paid for a hotel fair is £175 and it was poorly attended and I didn't get any business so that was not value for money. I am also in Scotland by the way and I would seriously think about taking the plunge and doing some of the larger shows at the SECC or Glasgow Concert Hall or what about even the Ayrshire Wedding Show, that's not far from you (I do all of these!). You will probably faint when you hear the prices for the Glasgow ones but it's all relative because of the number of visitors they receive. £180 for a sunday afternoon in a local hotel to speak to about 100 people or £600 (upwards) to be at a show with 8000 visitors! It broadens your horizons and if you're designsa are good quality you will almost certainly get some goods order so they do pay for the cost of the stand. Is there any way you could find the money to take the plunge and go for one of the big shows?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by newcrafter24 View Post
                I think is a bit expensive for a hotel to be honest. The most I have paid for a hotel fair is £175 and it was poorly attended and I didn't get any business so that was not value for money. I am also in Scotland by the way and I would seriously think about taking the plunge and doing some of the larger shows at the SECC or Glasgow Concert Hall or what about even the Ayrshire Wedding Show, that's not far from you (I do all of these!). You will probably faint when you hear the prices for the Glasgow ones but it's all relative because of the number of visitors they receive. £180 for a sunday afternoon in a local hotel to speak to about 100 people or £600 (upwards) to be at a show with 8000 visitors! It broadens your horizons and if you're designsa are good quality you will almost certainly get some goods order so they do pay for the cost of the stand. Is there any way you could find the money to take the plunge and go for one of the big shows?

                I forgot about the Ayrshire wedding show, and it is the same distance away as Dumfries. Do you know how much the Ayrshire one is then.
                I can see your point regarding the prices and the amount of visitors. At the moment I defintely do not have £600!!!! I have only been doing this about 8 months, and I am only just building up a customer base. I am trying to redo my website but I have too many orders at the moment to devote enough time.
                All of my items are made to a very high quality, I order items in and check the quality before I sell them, and if I wasn't happy to buy them myself then I won't sell them. However, I do think I need some modern designs up. Most of my orders have been made entirely for the customer, so I don't have a large repetoire at the moment.

                I am going to have a look at the Ayrshire one then - driving around Ayr will be a lot lass scary than Glasgow!
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                • #9
                  if you have too many orders do you really need to do the shows?
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by gbell View Post
                    if you have too many orders do you really need to do the shows?
                    I think so, they are only short term. My main problem is my working hours, I can only work for about three hours every night. These are orders that people placed ages ago, it just happened that they all paid at the same time. One of my suppliers delayed a delivery over christmas too, so I needed to catch up on them. However, give me another week or two and I will have finished them all and have nothing to do.

                    As I said, I haven't been doing it that long so I don't know if this is the real start or if it's just a flash in the pan, sometimes I can go for two or three months without having anything new.

                    Susan x x x
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                    • #11
                      Hi Susan, I know you are in Dumfries and I have a friend in Gretna who makes wedding jewellery etc., she does a few wedding fairs and may be able to help you. I will PM you her website and it may be worth emailing / talking to her. x
                      by Nicki
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                      • #12
                        It sounds as if you are building things up nicely just by doing bits and pieces here and you will find that its up and down with the wedding seasons, may - sept being busier. One piece of advice I would give you is this:
                        If you are thinking about going to the wedding shows you will need to have a clearly defined product range so that when the girls look at your stationery on the day they can tell immediately what your style is and whether you can make them something to suit their style, be able to tell exactly what sizes your cards come in, what colour schemes you can do, what all your pricing is etc. and how they can customize your existing designs to suit. This means knowing your materials inside out, all your available colours and knowing what you can and can't make and be able to think on your feet with the prices. This all comes with time and experience and working with different suppliers and materials until you find your own style and your own niche in the market and also having to put a lot of effort and work into keeping your samples fresh and working on making things like swatch books and sample books as well as the ones that are out on display. This did not happen for me for the first couple of shows that I did but I'm getting there now. You must go to some of the big shows and at least have a look at how other people do it and get some ideas and see what the latest trends are.

                        The Ayrshire Wedding show is this weekend coming (31st Jan - 1st Feb), why not make a trip to see it and come and say hello to me!

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                        • #13
                          Thank you so much for the advice, it has been very helpful!

                          I shall definitely be there. You may want to hide though....I talk quite a lot! I promise not to get in the way of customers though

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                          • #14
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                            Hi Rhea
                            I am at a wedding fair this saturday in Newcastle. It is in a venue (centre for life) adjacent to the big arena in which the national wedding fair is being held on the same day. A lot of the visitors to the main arena event (where stands cost in region of £1000 for the two days!) also go to the venue I will be at. It is free of charge to exhibitors if we donate a prize for the venue to use in their 'data capture' competitions on the day. I don't know whether this is just because I am a supplier to them for wedding toppers - I think it's the case for all exhibitors.
                            There is no way I would pay more than £100 to exhibit for a day and I would recommend looking round for something more reasonalbe if you are starting out. If you are registered as a small business there are grants available for this sort of thing btw but it may be too early for that?
                            Good luck anyway and let us know how it goes
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                            • #15
                              thought id give you a little feedback on how my wedding fair went last weekend as it's my first one.

                              I took 4 orders on the day, sold 2 jewellery sets, (to people who took the samples) and booked 2 consultations and have had a few emails from people enquiring
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