Wedding Fayres are a great platform for suppliers in the industry to showcase all they have to offer for your special day and provide a one stop shop for couples and a great day out for the Bridal party. Researching the latest wedding trends and discovering local suppliers; from Dresses to invitations, entertainment to rings everything you could possibly need under one roof.
Stockport Events launched their Bi-annual wedding fayre in February 2018 and since then have hosted 5 fayres which take place in the grand Ballroom at Stockport Town Hall.
Not sure what to expect from your first wedding fayre? Continue to read for inside knowledge and exhibitor tips.
Upon arrival at the Stockport Events Wedding Fayre you will be asked to register your details on the door in exchange for a complimentary glass of buck’s fizz and a wedding fayre goody bag! Registering your details also enables you to receive some great offers from suppliers you might have missed on the day (there can be a lot of different exhibitors to get around). There are a wide range of exhibitors with a wealth of experience and plenty of advice and tips to share with couples. We limit exhibitor categories so that the Fayre has value and is not full of just wedding photographers or florists.
For Goodness cake have exhibited at the Fayre since it’s launch in 2018. Sue Bowker of For Goodness Cake started her business as a side-line whist working as a pharmaceutical research chemist before deciding to take her business full time in 2012. The best part of the day at wedding fayres for Sue is meeting lovely couples. “Every couple is different, and each have their own ideas and expectations. I try and give some pointers to the couples that are just starting- some are completely overwhelmed by the choices that you now have when planning a wedding. I give encouragement, boost their confidence and give some general tips on what they need to do first.”
Whist gathering inspiration from the exhibitors you will hear the dulcet tones of Thackeray Music as their string Trio performs in the background. From busking in Covent Garden and playing in different quartets in wonderful hotels on Park Lane in London, Clare Thackeray now loves to play at weddings. “Live music really makes a wedding ceremony and can be personalised to suit the musical tastes of the Bride and Groom. This has ranged from Star Wars themed weddings to more traditional songs such as A Thousand Years or Pachelbel’s Canon. Our favourite part of the wedding fayre is taking requests and playing from our repertoire list so potential clients get to hear the music they would like at their wedding.”
If you don’t already have a venue booked, the wedding fayre is the perfect opportunity to view the incredible Town Hall starting with the Sicilian Marble staircase moving through to the charming council chambers, the elegantly dressed committee suite and the magnificent ballroom. The venues space is flexible and can accommodate small intimate celebrations as well as large celebrations for up to 500. It is also the perfect opportunity to speak with one of our experienced event co-ordinators.
Every part of your wedding planning is shown in your wedding photography. From flowers to table décor and favours to the dress and suits. It is a well-known fact that when the dress is back in the box, and the last crumb of cake is eaten, it’s your pictures, or wedding album where those memories are kept. Stephen Redfern Photography is an award-winning photographer who explains and a regular exhibitor who enjoys attending the fayre. ‘I love exhibiting at bridal fayres. At Stockport Town Hall, the team really do look after us, from parking, allowing us space to unload, ensuring we are all spaced out, to obviously most importantly providing coffee, and once our stall is set and with coffee in hand, discussing those all-important wedding plans. Huge thanks to the team at Stockport Town Hall. Knowing how they look after suppliers; can only prove how well they look after weddings and brides. The building is beautiful, I have a look around each time to just marvel at the stunning ceilings, it reminds me of our trip to the Sistine Chapel lots of years ago, and to have this on our doorstep is truly a great thing.’
We hope we’ve given you an idea of what to expect from the Stockport Town Hall wedding fayre and an insight into just a few of the exhibitors who showcase their work on the day. Each wedding fayre we hold is different with new and regular suppliers changing up their stands to bring you the most up to date trends and influences.
We will leave you with a few top tips for Wedding fayre first timers from our exhibitors;
Sue Bowker -For Goodness Cake: Try to go into the wedding fayre with an open mind and just for some general ideas on what is available to you.
Claire -Thackary Music: ‘Come with an open mind and chat to everyone.’
Stephen – Stephen Redfern Photography: ‘First of all breathe, accept a glass of fizz, and start chatting to any of us suppliers, we love it!!
Sara – Dress the Bride: ‘The day you chose your Wedding Dress should not have been a chore but fun and friendly and perhaps a little emotional!’
Charlotte – Stockport Events Venues: ‘Be as prepared as you can – make lists and notes but don’t make rash decisions. Do your research before and after – your mind might change dramatically after you’ve been to the fayre and spoken with suppliers.’