The end of February and the beginning of March saw a flurry of activity on the wedding fayre scene. I joined in the fun with appearances at The Ty Newydd Country Hotel, Hirwaun, the Morlais Golf Club, Merthyr Tydfil and The Countryman Inn, Pontyclun.
As I’ve mentioned before, these smaller events are quite different to the major ones, such as the one held in the Millenium Stadium, Cardiff at the end of January. All, however, are equally valuable in their different ways for connecting with potential clients, with one offering a more intimate approach compared to the rush and manic atmosphere of the latter. The three recent fayres also had the added advantage of being on my home turf allowing me to network with other wedding suppliers whom I might not otherwise meet.
It is gratifying to see that the brides of the S. Wales Valleys haven’t been forgotten by organisers such as the Three Valleys Bridal Fayres who are also doing their bit to promote local small businesses. The fayre at the Countryman is, however, run by the management of this truly delightful venue in the tranquil heart of the S. Wales countryside, with only carefully selected exhibitors being invited to display their wares and services.
Attendance at all three events was encouraging, suggesting that the current economic gloom is having a less detrimental effect on spending than anticipated when it comes to weddings, although it’s fair to say that clients now expect far more for their money, and are prepared to shop around to find what they want.
The advent of internet shopping has obviously proved to be a great boon to anyone searching for a bargain, and it must prove a great temptation for prospective brides to use it to trim the costs of what can be a very expensive occasion. I would however urge caution, particularly when it comes to services such as that of the Toastmaster… unless you’ve met the person you appoint to organise what is possibly the most important day of your life, you won’t know how good he or she is until that day arrives…by which time it’s too late to change things!
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