***Suppliers at these fairs are well known to be quite..grabby. Not literally, but most will try and call you over and engage you with small talk whilst trying to get you to buy their products.
***You will collect hundreds of leaflets, some people take mini wheel along suitcases to carry them all!
***As you walk round, everyone will ask "so which one of you is getting married?". It would seem that despite walking round, holding hands, and looking very much the couple in love, nobody seems to gather that you are marrying each other. For the first 20 or so times we very patiently explained we both are, to each other. After this point it gets more than a little frustrating!!
*** We seemed to encounter three quite distinct reactions when people gathered we are a lesbian couple...
1. Embarrassment or obvious distaste, suddenly less keen to talk to us or in our worst case scenario, walks away.
2.complete indifference, doesn't mind you are gay at all and carries on completely normally
3.complete overcompensation, which seems to always contain the phrase "'oh! What a lovely idea!"err, no, lesbianism isn't some idea we had one day cos we couldn't find any nice boys!
However, despite being dropped directly into the centre of heterosexuality, we really did meet some wonderful people. People who really understand that love is love is love, it comes in all shapes and sizes, and that we really don't want to be treated any differently just because we are gay! We got some brilliant ideas for flowers, cakes, favours and invitations, saw lots of dress ideas at the catealk shows, and met a very inspiring photographer who will hopefully be capturing our day. And honestly, it was so much fun! We have the ability to turn any situation into a great big giggle, and this day was no different. Wedding fairs are complete wedding overload and complete heaven for super excited brides to be!
We'd suggest that the best time to visit these fairs is just after you've booked your venue, that way if you want to book any suppliers there and then (you get discount!) then you have your date. Though if you don't have your venue booked, it's a great way to collect a plethora of information about suppliers that you can look back at after you have booked your date. Most of all, have fun!