We don’t really do wedding fayres.
We’ve done maybe ten or twelve in the 7 years we’ve been shooting weddings and almost every one has been dull. Sometimes we do really well and book a bunch of great weddings. Sometimes it’s a completely wasted day.
In the past few weeks we decided to take a chance and exhibited at two big wedding fayres in the North west of England; one at Tatton Park in February and the North West Wedding Fair this past weekend at Event City near the Trafford Centre in Manchester.
We put a lot of work into these two. Evelyne and I headlong conversations about how we wanted our stand to look (they were identical at both shows). Evelyne came up with the idea of using the palette to hang images from. She also came up with the idea of a competition where people had a Fuji Instax picture taken where they added their details to the print and we randomly chose one print as the winner of a free photo shoot. We got two new albums from our new album suppliers, Vision Art. They look amazing and went down a storm at both shows. Then we added a few personalised bits to our stand….. family photos, records, robots, plants, etc.
We had flyers made. We hired a van. We arranged child care. And we hoped people would show up and like what we showed them.
Some did. Some booked us (hurrah!). Some loved us and then moved quickly away when they saw our prices! Some asked for our packages (we don’t really do packages) before they even looked at our images. When that happens we know they’re not our clients. Some told us we were cheap. Some just wanted to talk about some footballer that plays for Liverpool!
I have to say both fayres (fairs?) were brilliantly organised and a ton of people (read thousands) came through the doors. We met some people we instantly loved and prayed they’d book us for their weddings cos we knew they’d be great to hang out with. Time will tell who gets in touch.
On the first day of the Manchester fayre, whilst loading the van, I sprained my ankle so badly I didn’t know if I’d even be able to do the fayre at all. It still hurts now. Steven Gerrard would have been off for the rest of the season.
So, anyway, I don’t think we’ll be doing another wedding fayre for a long long time but I’m glad we did these two and we really enjoyed meeting so many genuinely lovely people, including some great exhibitors.
Thanks to anyone who took time to come and chat to us. Thanks to the Lauras. Thanks to David for helping us shift furniture after I knackered my ankle. But most of all thanks to Evelyne. Any weddings we book as a result of the fayres are as much down to her creative efforts, and that smile, as they are my photos.