It’s a new virtual world; we are all growing accustomed to spending time together, apart. Thanks to technology, even when we must be physically distant, we can still build relationships!
Planning a wedding is all about relationships; it starts with your relationship, then it ripples out to everyone who works on or attends your wedding.
Bay Area Wedding Fairs has created a way for engaged couples and wedding professionals to come together during these unusual times. Engage: Live is an opportunity for engaged couples and wedding professionals to gather, exchange ideas, answer questions, and get to know one another.
I’m very excited to be part of this new approach to the traditional wedding fair! This concept is new for all of us, and there are a few things you can do to get the most out of the opportunity.
Take time before the fair to evaluate your needs
Think about what you want to accomplish during the show. Are you looking for specific wedding professionals, or are you in the beginning stages of planning and just want to get a feel for what is available? Do you have questions you need a professional to answer? Know your goals surrounding the show to make sure you have the best experience possible!
Answer a few questions before the show
Time will be limited, so coming into the show with answers to these questions will ensure you get what you need out of it. It will also help you and the exhibitors’ use your time together efficiently. Here are some important questions to consider:
- Where are you in the planning process?
- How many guests will you invite (in-person and online)?
- What type of location are you hoping for?
- Indoor, outdoor, both indoor + outdoor, virtual
- Do you have a venue?
- If not, when and where do you want your wedding?
- Do you have a color and/or theme in mind?
- How much money do you REALLY have to spend?
- Be ready to quickly describe the kind of wedding day you want
- Examples: fun + intimate, formal + friendly, informal + sassy
- How do you want your guests to feel as they leave your wedding?
- Are you re-scheduling due to COVID-19?
- What other questions do you have?
Make a list of questions to ask the wedding professionals you’ll meet
Having a list allows you to ask what you need to know without wasting your time (and everyone else’s) going through information you might not need. Try not to start by asking, “What do you cost?”. Until the wedding professional understands what you need, they can’t give you a price. Instead, tell them what you are looking for from them. I find it useful to ask, “What do you love about what you do?”. Their answer to this question will tell you a lot about who they are. If you like their answer, tell them more about your vision, then ask what they can do to help achieve your vision. At this point, it is acceptable to ask about the costs involved.
I’ll be available during the show to tell you how I can help with your wedding planning journey and to answer your wedding planning questions. I will also host a drawing where one lucky couple will win our Wedding Coaching service (a $600 value)!
I can’t wait to meet you (virtually)!
All the best,
Gwen Semenero Helbush, cwc
President, Where To Start Wedding Management
Office: (510) 795-9072 ext. 1001
A Note from Bay Area Wedding Fairs:
Join us online Saturday, May 30, 2020, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm for an interactive wedding fair. You can virtually meet wedding professionals in live and interactive sessions.Visit online chat rooms of various vendors where they showcase their products and services, listen and watch their demos, and ask questions. From choosing the right venue for your wedding to planning a dream honeymoon, meet all kinds of vendors to discuss your needs. Free Las Vegas stay certificates for 20 attendees who visit all sessions!