I'm always shouting the benefits of attending wedding shows (whether as a visitor or an exhibitor), but I don't think I've ever said what *I* love about them! now, I'm the first to admit that they're stressful to organise - have I got enough choice, have I got enough banners, have I got enough EXHIBITORS ... oh the nervous list goes on lol.
So why do I carry on doing what I do? SO MANY reasons!
- I LOVE meeting super talented specialists looking to show their skills to excited couples. To see them go from newbies on the circuit, to fully booked within the year (which I have several success stories of if you'd like to hear) - THAT is wonderful to see.
- I love seeing the RANGE of talents & finding new & intriguing services to showcase. For example, at the Bedford Anti Wedding Show - Your Day Your Way we have ArloArts attending - a paper florist, HOW funky??
- I love meeting couples who are newly engaged & looking for elements to complement their wedding day
- I love showcasing venues. I work with a real mix of type of venue, from inner city hotels to English garden hidden gems, to grand mansion houses, to eclectic designed buildings... & lots in between. it's great to open the doors at wedding shows & have couples say "oh I didn't know this was here! It's beautiful!" It's really satisfying.
- I love the excitement that fills the room. Sure there's nerves too, as we mentally prepare for opening those doors. but come 11am & the couples start coming in, there's a buzz. Everyone coming together to create perfect wedding days time & again... awesome feeling
- I love match making. Now I have a skill, I don't tell people as much as I possibly should but... I can perfectly match couples with their ideal supplier. All I do is have a short chat with them about what they need from, say, a florist, get a feel for their personality, & I can perfectly match them with their perfect florist. Cool huh! The best way to get to know suppliers is to see them at work at my shows, hence why I love that bit 🙂
OK I think that's enough LOVE for one post lol. Tell me, are YOU excited yet? What do YOU love about wedding shows? Bxx
PS Actual photo of me at work summer 2019, couldn't keep the smile off my face.
Photo credit: Two-D Photography
From a wedding planning point of view, 2020’s trend looks to be... bucking the trend! Individuality, huge injections of personality, & having your wedding YOUR way are themed that are coming through time & again in my planning jobs. Stay true to you! I’m loving this new trend. From gothic venues decorated a la Dracula, to llamas, petting zoos & music festivals at the reception, the possibilities are ENDLESS. I’m loving the honour of being tasked with finding vendors to bring such amazing visions to life. No 2 days are the same, & no 2 weddings are the same. 2020 is the year of being YOU.
A bit of background - I’ve been in the wedding industry around 8 years, organising events for over 20 years. My business is Beckie Melvin Weddings - I’m a qualified & award-winning wedding planner, organising around 20 weddings a year across the Home Counties. I specialise in alternative, quirky weddings - because every couple deserves a wedding as unique as they are. For more info, see www.beckiemelvinevents.co.uk
Last week, I had the amazing news that I had been short listed for a wedding award for the 4th year in a row. WOW! I'm truly humbled by this, as it's not just nominations that got me to that point - people had to leave a reason for it too. So dozens of people that I've worked with have sung my praises in a public forum, I don't think I can ever get over that. Therefore if you were one of the people who voted for me - THANK YOU!!
Now comes the hard part though, actually putting together the supporting documentation. This will take me from shortlisted, to winner. The accolade? Wedding Planner of the Year, at The English Wedding Awards. Now, I already won once *blushes* - but that was in 2017. I have so much more experience & so many more weddings under my belt now, so feel more qualified to actually carry the title. Does that make sense?
Your help counts
Anyway, I'm waffling. As part of my support documentation, I need to include testimonials & reviews from anyone I've worked with. If I have worked with you at a wedding or event, or ON your wedding / event, would you please be kind enough to email me a testimonial / review? I think in the words of that great British supermarket... every little helps! email is firstname.lastname@example.org
I'll keep you posted on how I get on, the ceremony is on Tuesday 26th November. I know, a TUESDAY! Is Tuesday the new Friday / Saturday for going out?? Maybe it's a new trend...
Thank you again for your continued support, I don't know what I'd do without you. Actually, there wouldn't be a business if it wasn't for you. Bare that in mind - YOU make Beckie Melvin Events. It's a big honour!
Take care, & see you soon.
A rather humbled & excited Beckie xx
I'm a qualified wedding planner dedicated to designing & creating weddings for alternative couples. Because everyone deserves a wedding as unique as they are