What to ask potential wedding suppliers?

So the question has been ‘popped’, you’ve started making plans and are beginning to get a feel for how you’d like your wedding to be.

Now may be the time to consider going to a wedding fair. Here at Rockbeare Manor, near Exeter in Devon, we’ve exhibited at a couple of fairs recently, and it made us think about some of the questions that visitors often ask us. There are so many great companies, from venues to florists, bands to cake makers, providing services for weddings in Devon, it can be hard to choose. We think a wedding fair is a great place to find out what’s on offer.

Wedding Fair in Exeter, Devon

Here’s our guide to some of the best questions to ask potential suppliers before ‘doing the deal’.

  1. Are they likely to be available on your proposed date?

It might seem obvious, but there is no point in taking this any further if the venue, band, caterer or florist isn’t free on the date that you’d like to get married. If you’re happy to be flexible, they may well have a discount available for out of season, or mid-week weddings so it’s worth asking this early on.

  1. Do they have examples of other weddings they’ve done?

If it’s a venue that you’re talking to, ask them to show you images and talk through examples of other weddings they’ve done in the past. At Rockbeare Manor, we’re always very happy to show you photographs of the venue when it’s set up for a event to help you visualise how the rooms transform. We love talking about ‘all things wedding’ and can share ideas of the various styles and themes that have taken place in our venue too.

Rockbeare Manor at Wedding Fair in Exeter, Devon

  1. How much will they charge?

You may feel that having a discussion about final costs can wait until further down the line, however we think it’s vital to get this information early on. If the estimate that the supplier provides for you is vastly different to your budget, you may well need to be prepared to walk away.  Don’t feel despondent – there is great choice out there, and something for everyone.

An honest guideline of costs is imperative and it is something that every supplier should give you willingly. If you feel like there may be hidden extras or if it’s difficult pinning down a final cost it might be best looking elsewhere.

  1. Are you able to ‘try before you buy?’

Especially in the case of cake providers and caterers! At wedding fairs it’s quite usual for there to be samples for you to try so make the most of it.  You’ll also often find photo booths to hop in and have a go, live music to listen to, and food stalls to explore and it’s here that you can get first-hand experience of the product. In the case of a DJ or a band, if you can’t attend one of their gigs (which is the best way to be sure that you like them) they should be prepared to send an example playlist and video links to previous performances that they have done.

Wedding cake at wedding fair in Exeter, Devon

  1. Are they able to recommend any other suppliers?

Most wedding suppliers will have worked closely with other companies from the local area and will no doubt have some great suggestions of those that they feel offer a fantastic service. At Rockbeare Manor, we are happy to chat to you about the companies that have worked reliably and professionally at weddings and special events that we have held.

Remember, planning your wedding should be fun and enjoyable! We love helping couples bring their vision into a reality and if you choose Rockbeare Manor as your venue, our experienced team are here to help in whichever way we can throughout the wedding planning process.

Photos courtesy of the wonderful Mel at http://www.maxiphotography.com/

Wedding Fair in Exeter, Devon

 

Top 5 Tips for Success at Wedding Fairs

bride and bridesmaids

Wedding: Bride and Bridesmaids

We are very excited to be attending The Wedding Show at Westpoint Arena on the 8-9 October. As Devon’s newest wedding venue, we can’t wait to be able to talk to future bride and grooms, and show them what we can do here at Rockbeare Manor to make their day special.

Wedding fairs are a great resource for all engaged couples; they are a fantastic place to go where you can see lots of different wedding suppliers in your area and to get amazing ideas for your special day.

The Wedding Show is no exception; there are going to be over 170 different regional wedding suppliers, from photographers and cake makers to venues (like us!) and entertainers. It is the biggest wedding fair in Devon, and is not to be missed. As well as the best selection of wedding suppliers in the South West, there will also be live music and entertainment, a champagne bar and a choreographed catwalk show with all the latest bridal fashions.

Although wedding fairs are a great place to go in preparation for your wedding, they can also be overwhelming. There are so many suppliers there that it can seem impossible to see them all, which means that you may miss out on something which you would love for your wedding. But fear not, we have a list of things to think about when attending a wedding fair which will ensure that you get the most out of it.

Top 5 Tips for attending a wedding fair:

  1. Research: have a look at the different suppliers that are going to be at the wedding fair, then make a list of the ones which you really want to speak to. When you get there, head to those suppliers first and then afterwards you can spend the rest of the day going around the other suppliers without worrying about missing your favourites.
  2. Talk: when you go to the different stands, it is a good idea to stay for a while and chat to the vendor about their product/service. You could get some valuable tips from them or some great ideas which you hadn’t thought of.
  3. Don’t feel pressured: It may be tempting to commit to a variety of suppliers, especially if they are offering a discount or special offer. Always remember that you are not obligated to purchase anything, and don’t feel pressured into it. Take your time and get their contact details so that if you go away and decide that you would like to purchase from them, you can contact them later.
  4. Take your time: Make sure that you take your time whilst at the wedding fair. Don’t feel like you have to see every supplier. Wedding fairs are meant to be a fun way to explore the different options for your wedding, so take your time whilst you are there and enjoy it.
  5. Try before you potentially buy: Some suppliers will have samples of their work, don’t be afraid to try them out. Especially when it comes to cake samples! If there is a makeup demonstration you are interested in, then try it out. You have nothing to lose, and you could find the perfect look for your wedding.

If you would like to find out any more information about The Wedding Show at Westpoint Arena, then you can find it here. Tickets are £5 per person, or £15 for 4 people, alternatively if you would like to wait until the day then tickets on the door are £7.50.