Well as it is mid-February now that must also mean we are in the thick of the wedding fair season. I was exhibiting at City North Hotel on the M1 on Thursday evening. I have to admit I am not a big fan of the mid week evening fairs. In general they don’t seem to be as well attended compared to the Sunday events. That said however I was pleasantly surprised by the turnout on the night.
Suzanne and the team had the room looking amazing and prospective clients could get a real sense of how the banquet room would look on their own big day. I counted 25 exhibitors there, which is a good number as there was a wide range of services and products on display. Photographers of course were well represented but I like that. It gives couples a good change to view different styles of wedding photography and albums on offer from us and helps to focus them on what style and level of coverage tends to appeal to them the most. Also by chatting with the photographer, the couple can get a sense of how they would feel having this guy with them all day on their special day which is important for both the couple and the photographer to ensure we get great natural relaxed images.
Bookings rarely take place now with photographers at the wedding fair themselves. Most couples use the event as an opportunity to get an overview of what is available to them for their wedding day. Naturally couples will be looking for prices and packages and will leave the event armed with a pile of brochures which they can then sit down with over a cuppa and go through them at their leisure. From here they can compare prices, packages and styles and then start to formulate a plan and indeed a budget for their wedding day photography.
Many photographers will offer discounts and special deals if you make a booking with them at the fair. My advice here would be to avoid jumping in too fast. Im not saying that the deal on offer may be a bad one or anything like that. Im just saying that as your wedding day is such an important day in your life and you want to make sure you have everything perfect, now is not the time to be making hasty decisions. You will be looking at these photos for the rest of your life. They will be the one tangible item you will still have from your wedding day in forty years time and will become more precious to you as each year passes. Of course the budget must be considered when choosing your photographer but this is probably one of the few areas where the budget should not be the main priority. Maybe save a few bob on the sweet cart or the limo but take your time choosing your photographer and don’t jump at the cheapest price to save money now only to regret it after the event.
So take your time. If you see a photographer you like, step back, do some research and then get in touch again to arrange a chat and view albums etc. Eugenia will be at The Carlton Hotel fair in Tyrellstown this Sunday (22/02) while I travel down to The Athlone Springs Hotel to attend their wedding fair. If you are around come on over and say hi, but don’t book anything!