After a few weeks from our Tagaytay visit, Dino left for work. I was left with the preparations for the wedding. Hahaha! Of course, I gladly accepted. I had my sisters and brother, and my added sisters and brothers (from Dino’s side).
I immediately asked the help of my family to accompany me to the first bridal fair that I attended last June 2015. If I remember correctly, it was at SMX and the fair was by Themes and Motif. We walked the whole exhibit floor and visited each booth that was there. In preparation for the bridal fair, I knew I had to feed my entourage, so I booked online for the grand food tasting of one of the exhibitors, Hizon’s Catering. Double purpose, food tasting na, pakain pa sa mga kasama. It was free for 2 person but for additional person you would have to pay Php 500.
We ate first if I remember correctly because there was no HMUA available yet for their trial set, medyo mabenta rin ang HMUA na trial sa bride fairs. We had our food tasting first with Hizon’s Catering. Food was just normal for me and my family. Wala masyado nagpop-out. Everything they served was delicious, but for the cost that they are charging per head, and how they handle their future clients, was a big no-no for me. And we thought that Hizon would be the one. I guess, the wedding fair was really a big event, that their food tasting got loads of inquiries, their account executives were handling too much couples all at the same time that we were left with the look books on our own.
I just looked from the flyers that I got, kung alin ung presyong di makakabutas ng bulsa gaano (HAHAHAHA), looked at the booths of the HMUA (Hair and Make Up Artist), kung aling booths ang di gaano dagsa ng tao, at ayun, I ended up with Albert III’s Booth. Albert III is a Make up Artist based in Las Piňas City.
My face after the trial make-up session, I was glad I did not immediately book him. It was nice that I had a year to prepare for my wedding. Naks! I have the opportunity to test all the make-up artists I see on the bridal fairs. Usually every month there is a wedding fair somewhere, you just have to research, mighty google is always present. 😀
Wedding Fair TIP 01: It is always better to start early. Preparation time varies per couple, their budget and on how they want their wedding to be.
Wedding Fair TIP 02: Do not be afraid to go on bridal fairs, wedding fairs, etc because this is where you will see all suppliers under one roof. You get to see the ones who are just starting, the ones already getting recognized and the ones that are leaders of the pack. Afraid to go alone, don’t be scared to ask your mom, your brother or sister, that is what family is for.
Wedding Fair TIP 03: For the first bride fair, get as many flyers as you can. Second, sort them thru different categories such as Photography, Stationary, Music, Souvenirs, Catering, etc. Third, start going thru each category and start shortlisting all suppliers depending on your budget, your peg for the event, or the vibe you pick up from their flyers. Sorry, medyo masamang tao ako, kapag chaka ung flyers, pak, tapon. But please do read before you throw the flyers. Medyo nagsisi ako sa ibang tinapon ko kaagad.
Hope you learned something from my first bridal fair encounter. Please feel free to share your story, kung may comment box ako sa baba. Hahahaha!