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!
I'm a qualified wedding planner dedicated to designing & creating weddings for alternative couples. Because everyone deserves a wedding as unique as they are