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 £70 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
We were recently named as runner up in the English Wedding Awards "Events" category. I had to provide a supporting document, & I thought you'd like to see how I described the business. Thanks to all for voting for us, it was a a HUGE honour to get to the finals. Bxx
Beckie Melvin Events have a simple philosophy. We take the counties best independent venues, fill them with the top independent wedding specialists & suppliers, & bring them to the attention of discerning couples. We don’t run large events, instead preferring a more intimate approach.
This way, the couples can create a rapport with each supplier, including the venue, ensuring it’s a match made in heaven. We get to know each exhibitor personally, & see a high rebooking rate. Many have gone on to become friends outside of work as well, which is an added bonus!
The venues that we work with systematically rebook us time & again, agreeing that our approach of high levels of marketing, a personal relationship with each supplier, mixed with our levels of expertise in the industry all lead to successful fayres time and again.
Feedback from our events has been fantastic, & we’re thankful each & every time it’s received. However we never get complacent – each event has us wanting to reach more people, see more specialists boost their business, & get more bookings for the venues we’re working with.
Venue Feedback from some of our events in Autumn 2016:
(Venue) Hello Beckie! Thank you so much for the Wedding Fayre today, it looked really good :)
(Venue) really pleased with how September went too Beckie! You did a really good job for us and I am certain you'll smash next year too
(Venue) Hi Beckie, I’m very well and hope you are too :) Just wanted to say a big thank you for what deemed to be a very successful event on Sunday. We had so many positive comments from not only the wedding couples that came through the doors; but also the suppliers to say what an excellent turnout it was. It’s always lovely to hear everyone being so positive!
Thank you again – you superstar!!
Supplier Feedback from some of our events in Autumn 2016:
(Supplier) Dear Beckie - Thank you for your email and for a great day on Sunday.
(Supplier) Hi Beckie, Thanks so much for this Sunday. I really enjoyed it and it was a good turnout.
(Supplier) What a great day it's been at our first wedding fair of 2016.
Beckie Melvin Events is a VERY small operation, but with a HUGE amount of heart & passion. Owned & run by myself, Beckie Melvin, based in Bedfordshire. I’ve qualifications in Events & Hospitality, Marketing & Wedding Planning but I’m constantly wanting to learn more, in an effort to further improve the events experience for those I work with. I have a great network of close friends & family, all of whom I can’t thank enough for their continued support as I build my business. I’m blessed to be able to work with them, as well as making new friends from the shows I run.
I also support a national wedding charity through my work, I am the Bedfordshire ambassador for Gift of a Wedding. This wonderful charity provides dream weddings to couples facing terminal illness, often with just a few weeks notice. They make a HUGE difference to people’s lives but rely on donations from the public, from physical items such as dresses, rings & flowers, to services such as music, beauty & décor. I am able to offer my event planning services should they be required, & I also tell the couples I meet about the charity’s work, to help further their success. I think it’s safe to say that I live & breathe weddings!
This morning I want to ask my suppliers about LOYALTY. What makes you keep coming back to the same organiser? What would you like to see as a reward for your loyalty? What would make you choose 1 company over another?
Our prices are already VERY competitive so I can't see a discount being of value. I already offer great customer service, with the personal touch. I fully endorse & support the independent wedding supplier & work tirelessly to promote every supplier. So it's over to you!
What would YOU like to see? Bxx
PS If you're on my database, or on my Facebook page, you'll have seen this same question already, I'd love if you could take just a few minutes to let me know your thoughts? THANK YOU!
Beckie is a qualified wedding planner, with a passion for assisting professional, overwhelmed couples to achieve their perfect wedding day.