The new normal? Eurgh I hate that phrase! I sure as balls don’t want to get used to living in this weird, no contact world. But until things are changed by the bods in charge, then we have to make do as best we can. The fact that we can all move around a little more freely now, plus weddings starting to take place (albeit in a very small capacity) mean that we can start planning our kick ass weddings again. So, as a wedding & events organiser I decided that I’d get things moving over on the Bad Ass Bridal Show.
I’m starting with the introduction of 2 new online wedding shows – still in keeping with the alternative & quirky themes though!
Sunday 12 July is The Bad Ass Bridal Show, and Sunday 26 July is Fabulous Festival Weddings (for anyone having an outdoor wedding). Both online wedding shows will be full of inspiring suppliers, raring to take your awesome ideas & create a wedding day as unique as yourself.
On those dates, you’ll head over to the Bad Ass Bridal Show Facebook page & over the course of each day, meet around 20-30 suppliers from all parts of the industry. From wedding venues to outfits, from wedding photographers to wedding cakes, from wedding flowers to wedding entertainment, and everything in between. They’ll each pop up on the screen to introduce themselves over the course of 15 minutes, giving you an insight into just what makes them the ideal choice for your wedding or celebration.
As always, there’s no hard sell, just a fun chat with friends. Interaction comes in the comments section of each video, where you can ask questions to each supplier, find out more about their business, their past clients, their future availability, follow them on their socials, & hopefully like them enough to take discussions offline & into a consultation.
The last few online wedding shows that I’ve held have been great fun, with lots of views & interactions, & lovely feedback from both suppliers & couples alike (which of course, I’ve kept & refer back to on any days I’m not feeling so positive) 😊
Then we have the onsite shows! Yep, I’m getting brave. I have 3 wedding shows planned at 2 venues in the Autumn, but they will look a little different to what we’re used to. Let’s try & unravel it all.
For visitors, upon arrival & throughout the event there will be sanitisation stations. There’s a timed entry system to keep numbers within the space at a safe level. No more walk ins for the foreseeable. To attend, you HAVE to pre register on the website. There’ll be social distancing measures in place, with areas clearly marked to keep a safe distance between visitors. Wearing of masks will be encouraged where possible.
Each vendor will be expected to assess their space & adhere to social distancing, & encouraged to have sanitiser on their stand where possible. I’m afraid visitors won’t be able to pick up & put down items on wedding supplier stands. Instead you’ll need to “look but don’t touch”. I appreciate that sounds like something you’d say to a child lol, but if it can’t be sanitised quickly & easily, you can’t touch it. Wearing of masks will be encouraged where possible.
Communal areas of the venues will be kept clean & sanitised. Not that they aren’t usually! But extra measures will be put in place.
All this being said, I’m writing this post in late June and who knows. By time the time of our first show (Saturday 19 September) maybe we won’t need all the measures. But for now, this is what we’re looking at.
The onsite shows will be held on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th September at Flaxbourne Gardens (yep, we’re gonna do a double – pray for my sanity haha!) then on Sunday 1st November you’ll find us at Bedford Corn Exchange, in the main auditorium. Yep – that’s right. I have high hopes that this autumns shows are going to be small in number but perfectly formed for your wedding planning pleasure.
Oh! One final new thing I’m introducing. The success of The Bad Ass Bridal Show is built on community spirit & the HUGE support I get from the wedding suppliers, who show up week after week to provide you guys with stunning service time & again.
As a thank you, I’m now including a social media “takeover” as part of the package when they take part in a show. This means that they get the chance to take over one of my social media pages for 12 hours at any point they choose (1 takeover per supplier) to use it to market their services, outside of the wedding shows they’re involved in. So if they have a brilliant offer, or just started a new line in their business, or rebranded & want to show it off, well they can use my page to help further their reach.
I wanted to give something back because while this lockdown & postponement of events has been super tough, the support I’ve received throughout has been AMAZING. So time to pay it forward 😊
OK that’s enough from me. If you want info on either visiting or partaking in any of the shows then pop me a note on firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll get the deets to you.
Take care & thanks for being you. You’re bloody awesome <3 . Stay safe & here’s to a more positive end of the year!
Back last year, I looked at my business, at the huge amount of talented wedding vendors who show up at every wedding show, and I asked myself… Am I doing the wedding specialists justice? Am I creating wedding shows that are inspiring & inspirational spaces? Am I presenting people in the best possible light, setting us apart from the rest of the wedding shows out there?
My honest answer… No. I'm not ashamed to say that I’ve got into a bit of a funk, using a tried & tested template for every wedding show, & not thinking about the fact that weddings have changed, therefore wedding shows should have to do as well.
Now I’m not saying I stopped caring. Anyone who has worked with me or even just see my online presence knows that I put my all into making sure every wedding show is marketed to my fullest capacity.
However I’m fully open to admitting that I should have made the days more exciting & vibrant. I myself am an outgoing person, & my shows should have reflected this.
Which brings me back to my moment of reflection last year.
I wanted to focus on bringing together suppliers who were as quirky as I am, & creating inspiring wedding shows that were unlike any others in the area. I sat & thought (probably with a glass of something chilled too, as let’s face it, that’s when I have my best ideas!) & the Anti Wedding Show was born. The response from wedding suppliers & couples was amazing & positive. The comments I heard over & again was “thank goodness there's somewhere to meet quirky suppliers in the area!” YES!
Don’t let the name confuse you – I am in no way anti wedding. Instead I’m anti tradition. I’m anti other peoples opinions on your big day. I’m anti following trends just please others, instead of yourself. In fact, my motto is "Your Day, Your Way" along with telling people to stick 2 fingers up to any wedding ideas that doesn’t make them happy.
The Anti Wedding Show is all about presenting couples with amazing wedding specialists who buck the trend, and embrace the couples wishes, however funky and alternative they may be. Think Gothic. Think about colour versus deep tones. Think mixtures of textures and themes. I think colourful wedding dresses… The list is huge. Previous anti wedding shows were well received, I even made it onto BBC Radio to discuss them, as they caught so many people's attention.
My awesome feedback shows just how popular they are too, so I’m super pissed that we’ve had to stop for a while. During this downtime though, I’ve continue to ponder on what I offer & how I can improve on the experience.
So do you know what I decided to do? I rebranded!
Beckie Melvin Events is a nice enough name - I mean, after all it’s my own name! But it didn’t exactly give the punchy, exciting impression I wanted. In came The Bad Ass Bridal Show. Yes! I’ve got that tingle, you know the one, the one that tells you you’re about to do something really exciting & that could change the way you work in the future. I’ve got that. I finally had a name that suited what I did.
Right now at time of writing, I’m in the process of changing all my social media handles, writing the new website, etc. It’s hard work but worth it, because I need to know that all the information & marketing I’m putting out is giving our wonderful couples the full picture on just what they’ll find at the shows
How will future wedding shows look? Well, as the few did that we managed to run in January & March. Full of inspiring, quirky suppliers who are flexible & exciting, ready to buck the wedding trends & instead help couples create a wedding day that’s representative of their love.
Pretty cool, huh? So that’s the latest news in a nutshell. It’s all fun here. I can’t wait for The Bad Ass Bridal Show to be complete! Watch this space. Okay that’s enough about what I’m doing, what’s your news?
PS// Fancy getting involved NOW in an awesome wedding show? Then why not sign up to The Bad Ass Bridal Show, which will take place over Sunday 12 July LIVE on the Facebook page. Wanna know more? Then pop me an email on email@example.com
At the moment, as a wedding specialist in these uncertain times, it can be really tempting to just hide away until the whole lot has blown over.
I know that, as I feel exactly the same. It is so hard to keep getting up day after day, and working on your wedding business day after day, when there is so much uncertainty in the world.
However now is not the time to go underground and hide! Now is the time to be putting yourself out there again and again, and reminding everybody of just why your business is so spectacular.
You need to be showing up day after day and shouting about just why are you are the best choice for a couples wedding day. After all, weddings are only paused and postponed for a short while.
Couples will be back, Probably sooner rather than we realise, to continue planning their epic celebration and it is at this point that you are the one who will come to mind.
You were the one who showed up day after day, asking, giving free advice, giving Them the hope that they needed that their plans will get back on track soon as possible.
Other wedding suppliers will have disappeared off the scene by the time we can all get back to some normality.
But there you are, still showing your face, and providing a wonderful service. You can show up in a variety of ways; lives on Facebook, either on your own page or through other peoples pages, Instagram & social media posts, blog posts, emails to your customers and clients... the list is endless.
While on the subject of doing lives on social media, I just wanted to say that I am so proud to see so many of my own database are showing up on a daily basis, doing lives and showing those gorgeous faces! I miss you all terribly, with not being on site at wedding shows, but the fact that you are getting brave and putting up your videos on Facebook and Instagram are really making me smile.
So many of you have told me in the past that you are really nervous to get on the screen, yet here you are facing your fears and doing it anyway! You should be bloody proud of yourselves, I know I am.
Look, I’m not here to tell you what to do in your business, after all it’s your place to keep your business running. But I do just want to remind you of the importance of really believing in at the service that you offer, and with this does come showing up on the regular. Apart from that keep doing what you do best, which is being a fantastic wedding supplier.
Visibility isn’t just about showing up online at the moment, it is also about planning for the future and when we can be back on site altogether. Don’t forget that wedding shows are also a fantastic way to stay visible and at the forefront of Couple’s minds when they are planning a wedding.
I can’t wait to get back to the wedding shows and to see you all on site!
Next one I know we can do is the 1st of November at the Bedford Corn Exchange. At this event we have the whole auditorium to use, which holds up to 60 or 70 stands! How exciting. If you’d like A bit more information on getting involved, then just pop me a message or email me on firstname.lastname@example.org
PS// Thanks so much for checking in on me over the last couple of months. It’s been so lovely that we’ve all looked after each other so well while we weather this particularly odd storm. Here’s to staying safe, staying sane, and seeing each other for a big hug very soon. With much love Bxx
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