Planning your wedding can be very disorientating. With so many suppliers and such a vast range of new different wedding centric business ideas it can be very stressful times indeed.
We were certainly feeling a little lost when we began planning our wedding in early 2015 and felt like we had found salvation in the form of the Wedding Collective. A directory of likeminded individuals and small business who have amazing little ideas. A couple of times a year TWC hosts a wedding market in Glasgow and so it was with great excitement that we set off for our very first bridal market in July. With our second outing coming up in October we thought we would share a little about our first experiences with the bridal market, and why you should come along in October!
The event itself has varied in guise over the years, from long full day events to this much shorter, more intense evening!
It really is the perfect platform for any budding brides or future husbands to get a sense of all the options available for their wedding.
We were amazed at the variety on offer. From stationary and decorations to alternative venues, from photography and wedding videos to DIY bars and coffee pop ups ;), and from flower and dress makers to jewellery makers and cake bakers.
All this made for a exciting bustling evening. Potential punters were ushered in at 5pm and we could hardly believe it was time already. Having spent most of the day planning and organising ourselves for the event, somehow it was now upon us!
From the word go we were absolutely stowed out! A queue often forming to chat to us, either from the sight of our cart and the interesting decorations, or from the smell of fresh ground coffee which emanated throughout the venue. The market brought us directly to the type of customers who we love chatting to. Coffee lovers were happy to stand and chat to us for 20 minutes at a time, testing our coffee and sampling the homemade lemonade we brought for the less coffee loving folk.
We managed to get loads of great chats with brides to be, keen to get a wee treat or surprise for their coffee loving fiancee, and with couples like ourselves who see coffee as more important on the big day as the booze!
Our experience of larger wedding events is that instead of helping you narrow down your options, and zero in on the style of wedding you wish to organise, it adds to confusion. The sheer scale of what is out there is vast. Finding reputable businesses, personable people and planning the perfect day is perplexing enough. The wedding collective has honed in on a style of wedding which suited us perfectly, and evidently there are hundreds of couples out there much like us, looking for this exact style of business.
Since that Thursday evening back in July we have had so many amazing messages from budding brides and grooms, other suppliers we met on the day, and from venues who were keen to get in touch to potentially help each other out. It helped us zero in on our exact customer base and the experience was invaluable. If you are in the process of planning your own wedding and are still a little bewildered, or even if you think you have everything sussed we would urge you along to The Wedding Collective Bridal Market on 30th October at St Andrews in the Square.
Please check out our other Wedding Collective chums. All these guys will be at the Bridal Market too so come and say hello