Sunday 28 January 2018 - the day dawned bright & breezy but no rain, the perfect weather for a wedding show! This time we were at The Thatch Barn in Yelling, St Neots, and WOW - a gorgeous venue packing a huge amount of character. 14 stands - so one of our smallest events - plus staff from the venue all helped to make this show go off with a bang. Overall we had over 130 through the doors, and saw 52 couples - I've actually lost my voice today from talking so much haha! Full list of suppliers is below, along with a selection of photos from the day. I look forward to meeting you soon, Beckie x
Wedding Venue is The Thatch Barn: thethatchbarn.co.uk
Flowers by Sanchia - http://www.flowersbysanchia.co.uk/
Paul Filep Photography - www.paulfilep.co.uk
Wedding Beautifuls Wedding Stationery - https://www.facebook.com/weddingbeautifuls/
Travel Sense Travel Agency - www.travel-sense.co.uk
Drives of Yesteryear Wedding Cars - http://www.drivesofyesteryear.co.uk/
Yummy Cupcakes Wedding Cakes - www.yummy-cupcakes.com
The Strand Hair Styling - http://the-strand.co.uk/
Roses Bridal - www.rosesbridal.co.uk
1 Entertainments DJ Services - www.1entertainments.com
Purple Rose Photography - www.purplerosephotography.co.uk
Jukebox MK Live Music - https://www.jukeboxmk.com/
Wedding Wish Box - www.weddingwishbox.co.uk
First blog in 3/4 months - I'm not very good at being regular am I?! Anyhow, I'm here now, so that's what's important ;) Happy new year to you, I hope this blog post finds you well. Yesterday - Sunday 7 January 2018 - was our first wedding show of the new year, back at the stunning Grand Hall in Bedford. 17 suppliers plus the venue staff helped bring together a fantastic show with THE most relaxed atmosphere! Our wonderful saxophonist Tony Daniels added to this with his brilliant covers of songs from all genres. The show saw over 100 visitors through the doors, with all suppliers receiving great feedback & bookings. The venue staff as ever were an absolute pleasure to work with, their assistance with marketing & answering questions, plus contacting their own couples all helped make the day a huge success. We're back again in April 2018 & I can't wait! Below are a selection of pictures from the day, plus a full list of exhibitors. Hope to meet you soon, Beckie x
Melanie Henderson Photography - http://www.melaniehenderson.co.uk/
G n Bri Photography - www.gnbri.co.uk
Equinox Storm DJ, backdrops & lighting - http://equinox-storm.co.uk/
George James Bridal - http://www.georgejamesbridal.com/
Petals Floral Design - http://www.petals-floraldesign.co.uk
Posh Pics Photobooth & Mirror - www.facebook.com/poshpicsphotobooth/
Wedding Beautifuls Wedding Stationery - https://www.facebook.com/weddingbeautifuls
Travel Sense Travel Agent - www.travel-sense.co.uk
Bedford Dental Centre - www.dentalcentrebedford.co.uk
Sax Weddings - https://tonydanielssaxophone.co.uk
Maries Travelling Tea - https://www.facebook.com/mariestravellingtea/
Steve Dean Magic - http://www.stevedeanmagic.com/
FAB Caterers - www.fabcaterers.co.uk
Manhatten Perfect Beauty - http://manhattanperfect.co.uk/
Here at Beckie Melvin Events, we tend to get asked the same questions time & again! No such thing as a silly question, you need to get all your information together & make sure you're comfortable before parting with your hard earned money. Here are a few examples of questions we get asked, & our own answers - obviously asking a different organiser will give you different answers. Bxx
What are your costs?
They vary from show to show, but ballpark figure - start at £85 for a small stand (where available) and up to £200 for a double stand. All prices are listed on our website on the "Suppliers pay here" page
Have you used this venue before?
Most of our venues are regulars, but we do have a few newbies in there too - they are venues who've heard our great reputation & seen the work we do, & want us to help them reach local couples too.
How many suppliers do you have coming? And how many from the same industry?
Again this varies from show to show, but our smallest is 15 stands, & largest is 40. For shows with 20 or less, it's 2 representatives per industry, and for over 20 it's 3. There are a few exceptions to this, & this is stated when you enquire. For example, we only ever have 1 photobooth (although will book a magic mirror too if space allows at larger shows), 1 magician, 1 toastmaster...
Where do you market your events?
Where DON'T we?! We use a mix of online forums & media, wedding websites, wedding magazines, paid social media adverts, banners & flyers at the venue for 6 weeks prior... A full list can be seen on this page here: Click here
How long have you been in the events business?
I've been running wedding shows for around 5 years & have run around 45 at time of writing.
I've been self employed in the events business for 7 years, & have been organising events for a living (for companies such as Tesco HQ & the NHS) since I started work at 18, so nearly 20 years.
Are you REALLY this friendly & helpful??
Yes! Honestly, this is me. I love working with wedding specialists & to see their businesses grow & develop. It gives me such joy to see someone who's new on the scene meeting couples, get bookings, gain confidence & go from strength to strength. Since I started in the business, I've met so many wedding suppliers that have gone from being work colleagues to friends, I feel so lucky to work with such talented individuals :)
Saturday 2 September was a beautifully hot day, clear skies, & the setting for our latest show was the stunning Elstow Abbey church in Bedford. Steeped in history, it was a wonderful way to showcase both the church, the attached marquee, and 15 local wedding specialists from a range of industries.
The day started with myself giving an on the spot bit of marketing on BBC 3 Counties radio show (seems I was meant to be giving a clue to their treasure hunt, but I didn't know that lol, instead waxing lyrical about the wedding show!)
We saw a steady flow of visitors through the door, with the church & all the suppliers getting a lot of interest from loved up couples, & I am really proud of the event. Already looking at new dates for 2018! Thanks to everyone who visited, who exhibited, & especially to Father Paul Messam of the church, and Dave Pryde for his advice & loan of marquee.
List of exhibitors:
Elstow Abbey Church
Marquees With Pryde
G n Bri Photography
Life Through a Lens Photography
Alexandra Burgess Soprano
Tuk Tuk Kella
Three Counties Laser & Skin Clinic
Cottage Garden Weddings Florist
Wedding Beautifuls Stationery
Little Shop Lane Sweets
Minute Book (guest books)
Golden Sounds Disco
You can vote for us again this year under SPECIALIST WEDDING SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR (I want us to go forward with ALL our shows this year, not just 1, as each one is important to us)
A million thank you's
As a visitor at one of Beckie Melvin Events Wedding Fayres, you can guarantee personal service from the moment you are greeted personally at the door to the final farewell.
The limited number of exhibitors ensures plenty of time to speak at length with everyone. By the time you leave the venue, it will have been possible to arrange your special day from start to finish. There is always a relaxed friendly atmosphere throughout with no hard sell.
Our events are always free entry, so why not come & see us at our next one? We'd love to meet you & discuss your plans for your big day!
Beckie & team xx
It's been a few weeks since I did an update on availability, so actually it's been a few MONTHS! I'm very out of practice but hope this year is the year I get better at blogging.
Our first event of 2017 was The Grand Hall in Bedford on Sunday 8 January, we had a fantastic turnout, so I fully expect the rest of 2017 to follow suit! (In fact the picture below is from Sunday's show, taken around 10 minutes after we opened)
(Sadly no photography slots available this year at the moment)
If you'd like a supplier information pack, please download from here.... <<PACK>>
If you'd like to be involved, please complete a form from here.... <<FORM>>
Any other information you'd like, please do get in touch - I'd love to hear from you!
Thanks & take care
Beckie is a qualified wedding planner, with a passion for assisting professional, overwhelmed couples to achieve their perfect wedding day.