Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Not another Wedding Fair!

It is time for another guest post so today I will hand you over to Sam Harrington-Lowe one of the Directors of local event company Pretty Clever...

I don’t know about you but the thought of wedding fairs fills me with dread – all that frilly stuff! So it’s a constant surprise to find myself being a wedding fair organiser. How can I have gone from thinking it’s some kind of venture into one of Dante’s circles of hell, to creating something I’m actually really quite proud of?

The secret is in changing the whole thing. As a company, we were drawn into the wedding fair market by one of our favourite Brighton venues, the Thistle hotel, who were unhappy with the way their fairs were being run. They asked Pretty Clever to help out and initially we were wary. Not really what we do, I thought. But we created a new company to put these together, called Marry Me!, and got stuck in. As time went by, and with a bit more experience, we now have a brand that puts on wedding fairs that are a bit different.

Pamper Me! was born from identifying a need for something new. Spring and Autumn are utterly saturated with wedding fairs, every Sunday. If it’s not the wedding fair organisers, the venues are doing the fairs themselves. It’s stiff with competition and not only is that no good for the organiser, it’s not good for the visitor. So we thought we’d strike out. Do one in summer, do it in the evening during the week, and aim it purely at women. After all, what bloke do you know who really, REALLY wants to shuffle round a wedding fair on a Sunday afternoon?

So Pamper Me has cakes and massage and chocolate and dresses and jewellery and hen party stuff and great goody bags and free bubbly and catering and beauty consultations (deep breath) and just about everything a girl could want. We found with the first one a lot of girls brought their mates and their mothers and we expect the same this time too. It was a complete riot, we had such a giggle, and it was a great event

So – if you’re getting married and fancy a lovely night out, come and see us – this Thursday 20th at the Thistle Hotel Brighton, 6pm-9pm. We have a goody bag for everyone who comes in, not just the brides, and it’s only two quid. Fashion show at 8pm. See you there

For more informaiton go to: www.marrymeweddingfair.co.uk

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