It's nearly time for my first Bridal Fair in the Midlands and my preparations are well under way for an interactive and fun way for all the visiting brides to view my work and see what I am about and the best part is, I get a chance to get to meet all the wonderful brides and grooms attending the fair.
Venue: Lythwood Lodge, Farm 37, Lidgetton West, Howick, KwaZulu-Natal
Date: Sunday, 19 February 2017
Time: 10:00 - 16:00
One of the BEST things about being a "Bride-To-Be" is the excitement of planning your dream wedding and making sure you have the right wedding team to make your day exactly how you have always dreamed it would be.
Having said this, it can be a stressful period - and there is nothing worse than trying to find service providers and not knowing where to start or how to begin looking for them.
This is where Bridal Fairs play an important role in making your life alot easier in finding your dream wedding team as you have a whole range of service providers under one roof whom you are able to chat to, view their portfolio and most importantly get a gauge of what they are like as person to determine whether you would be able to work with them or not.
Relationships between you as a couple and your service providers is a very important aspect to keep in mind when looking for your desired photographers, videographers, DJ's etc.
You need to be able to connect and get along with one another as your wedding day is one of the biggest days in your life and everyone involved needs to "gel" to make sure your day runs smoothly and is amazing as ever.
Be sure to have a rough idea of what your budget is for each supplier needed for your wedding day, so that when you look at any packages on display you know whose flyers to take and whose not to.
This will really help when it is time to shortlist and possibly set up a coffee date to meet the service provider again to discuss things in more detail before making that final decision and booking them.
Bring along a small note book to make quick notes of things you may have really enjoyed about a specific service provider and their brand name so that when you are going through all the flyers you collected you can make a connection between your conversation with them and what they had to offer.
With regards to searching for a photographer - be sure to ask about how your timeline should be for the day in terms of having enough time for all the pictures needed to be taken in each segment of your day.
There are certain things that you may overlook such as:
What would be the best time to have your ceremony? This should always depend on what season of the year it is - as you want to make sure you have enough time for a relaxing creative shoot without having to chase light.
In summer we have longer days so the sun sets much later than if we were in the middle of winter so you could have your ceremony in the middle of the afternoon whereas in winter it would need to be earlier to ensure you do not run out of light for your creative shoot.
As photographers we have been to enough weddings - we have seen a lot of good ideas and some not so good ideas in terms of timing for the day.
We are there to help and answer any questions you may have regarding the timing of your day.
Lastly, you do not want to be chasing the clock throughout the day - be sure to have little bits of extra time factored in here and there in your Wedding Day Timeline so that if you are running a little late, its OK.
Remember that this is YOUR day and the planning leading up to it should be fun, exciting and by no means be a drag.
Plan things accordingly - there are lots of guided time lines that can be found online to assist in letting you know what should be booked by when to help ease the planning process.
This is the start of a new adventure, a new chapter in your lives, be sure to make it a memorable one.
I have decided to add a bit of fun to my stand at the fair, so I created an Insta-Frame along with props for you and your Bride Tribe to have fun with when you come visit me.
Once you have taken your pic - post it up on your Instagram account and use the hashtag #PhotoCentzMidlandsBridalFair2017 .
The picture with the most likes will WIN a 90 minute Engagement Shoot valued at R2000.00 as well as a 10% discount on any of my 2017 Wedding Photography Packages.
PLUS I am extremely pleased to announced that Amy Lee from Shimmer (Make-Up) has teamed up with me on this prize and will be sponsoring make-up for the lucky bride to be for the Engagement shoot.
The winner will be announced on Monday 06 March 2017 - this gives you 2 weeks to get your likes ladies!
(T&C's apply - see me at my stand for more details)
BRIDE TRIBE PHOTO SESSION GIVE AWAY
What's a Bride Tribe shoot you may ask?
Well you have chosen your bridesmaids for a special task that lies ahead - they will be your "Go-To" guru's throughout the planning process, making sure to have all you need on the day of the wedding!
On the day of your wedding the only thing you should be thinking about is the count down of the final hours, minutes and seconds until you marry your best friend!
With all that your Bride Tribe has helped to organise leading up the the BIG DAY, why not incorporate a fun photo session with just you and your girl friends.
This can be done a few months prior to the wedding so that you can use the images as possible THANK YOU gifts to your bridesmaids.
Something that I offer along with the photo session at an additional cost is to have a crystal resin image of you and each bridesmaid with a short personalised message on it to hand over to them on your wedding day as special and memorable gift from you to them.
(P.S: If you are not sure what a crystal resin image is / looks like I will have a few on display at my stand on the day of the fair)
So for the fair I have sponsored a 90 minute Bride Tribe Photo Session along with a 15% discount on crystal resin images of you and your bridesmaids.
Be sure to stay for the prize giving session to avoid missing your chance to win.
I really hope that you enjoy ALL that the KZN Midlands Bridal Fair has to offer!
It is definitely going to be slightly different to Bridal Fairs that you may have already attended - and if this is going to be your first fair - I am sure it will be one to remember.
As stated in the website for the fair, it is a
"Bridal Fair meets Food & Wine Show meets Bridal Fashion Show"
With exactly 2 weeks to go now is the time to get your calendars out - score off the date and start planning your Midlands Bridal Fair adventure day.
For more information about the fair and to get your tickets visit:
Until then, bye for now I look forward to seeing you at the Fair!