I can't believe it's been 3 months since I last blogged - where does the time go?? Well it disappears in a whirlwind of weddings, prep, events, prep, wedding shows, marketing, admin... you get the picture haha! But here I am, ready to wax lyrical about the wedding shows I currently have planned for 2020. I'm sure more will be added as the year goes along but this is the score right now.
First up, & probably the most exciting, is my very first Anti Wedding Show. Now, just to clarify, I'm not anti wedding. Lord no, that'd be shooting myself in the foot somewhat! No, what I'm "anti" is pigeon-holing, forcing couples to fit with a certain theme from beginning to end.
"Rustic wedding" - "vintage wedding" - "traditional wedding" - what's "on trend"... etc etc. Themes that expect you to just fit perfectly with. What we call in the industry "cookie cutter weddings".
Now don't get me wrong, themes are a great way to START. I like a bit of lace (vintage), I love skulls (gothic), hessian ... actually hessian can sod off, it used to hurt my hands horribly when I did decor haha! But good for a rustic wedding.
But NONE of us are a set "theme" through and through,a re we? We like different elements, different flowers, different dresses (if dresses at all! Why not a jump suit?)
Why should we be JUST looking at 1 theme to fit the whole of our wedding?
Well we SHOULDN'T. We are all different, made of different elements, our personalities are different... so I came up with the Anti Wedding Show, a place to celebrate those differences.
As I say over at The Alternative Wedding Planner "your wedding YOUR way". The show in Bedford on Sunday 12 January will be a HUGE celebration of differences.
The other show I have planned is over at the GORGEOUS Flaxbourne Gardens in Aspley Guise. On Sunday 14 June, and then again Sunday 20 September. now if you've not been to Flaxbourne yet, then you HAVE to. Seriously, it's like a real life Wonderland! From the moment you walk in, you're transported into another world. You enter the grounds through a hidden grotto, complete with waterfall, then go past lakes, a moated castle, through tunnels filled with flowers... It's something else. You can get married on the main lawns, then party the evening away with you guests in the beautiful marquee that holds up to 250 guests. So if you're looking for a venue that's different to anywhere else, this is the one for you.
Details on both venues (& other upcoming shows) can be seen on the Facebook page, or you can join the database by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org - I promise no spam, just keeping you up to date on what's occurring here at Beckie Melvin Events.
Can't wait to meet you soon! Beckie xx
PS: Don't forget to join the Facebook page for updates & general chit chat, I update that more often than the blog!
If you run a business based in the wedding industry, then chances are you've considered exhibiting at local wedding shows to reach more couples & tell them about your wedding services.
It can seem a big step from just "shouting" with other wedding companies within the free confines of various wedding groups on social media, but shows can be a very good way to push your business to the next level.
So how DO you go about deciding who to give your hard earned money to, & then getting the most out of the experience? I hope the following pointers are useful to you. Once you've had a read, I'd love to hear from you & hopefully meet you at an upcoming wedding show.
I'm a qualified wedding planner dedicated to designing & creating weddings for alternative couples. Because everyone deserves a wedding as unique as they are