I’ve always been one judged to be outspoken on a large number of topics, some of my opinions can be judged as a touch controversial, I will however simply add everyone is entitled to their opinions. We as a society however seem put off voicing them due to isms’, being accused of being sexist, or rascist, or nationalist or whatever else “we can think of”.
Anyway onto the point of the title of this blog, I’ve been operating for a little over two years, and I’ve taken part in three wedding fairs, and visited I think another two.
For the sake of clarity -
Novotel, Stevenage – Participated
Oakwell Hall, Birstall (West Yorkshire) – Participated
Casa, Brighouse (West Yorkshire) – Participated
As a Photographer It will be a whilst before I hand over hard earned cash again to businesses and councils which seem quick to take cash, but very reluctant to market wedding fayres and seem incredibly willing to book as many people from the same business area as possible.
At Oakwell Hall, there was minimal advertising done to market the wedding fayre, and when I arrived early to set up, I was given a tiny poky room at the back of the hall. There were around nine Photographers booked which wreaked of overkill. A great venue which oozes photographic opportunities for the bride and groom, a building steeped in history with some stunning grounds. Sadly though the council seem content to milk it for all its worth with respect to the wedding fayres. So put off by this experience I cancelled my stand at the March 2012 Wedding Fayre.
At Cedar Court it was a similar situation I visited a wedding fayre to have a look around and to prepare myself for some upcoming dates I had booked. Once again however there were around ten photographers minimum at this particular venue.
The October wedding fayre at Casa in Brighouse I was actually really looking forward to. The venue has had significant investment over the last two years and with it’s new marquee and recently landscaped area at the back it’s an ideal setting for a wedding. Sadly that is where my optimism ends, There were literally a handful of stands, few vendors actually took any bookings on the day, mainly due to the lack of potential clients who attended. Once again a significant lack of marketing – not even on the venues Facebook page.
I literally cannot understand how venues and councils can warrant taking companies money and offer so little in return. The one venue listed above which I will reserve special praise for is the Novotel in Stevenage. It’s pleasantly situated near the A1 on the outskirts of Stevenage, the wedding fayre I attended was organised by a local florists which I can only assume which is why it was so successful. Perhaps something other venues should take note of maybe they should stop thinking about how much money they can make and start limiting the number of vendors in attendance. Maybe then potential clients may not feel as pressured and maybe more at ease and not like they are walking into a cattle market.
Thats all for now – sorry to go on about this, it’s something which is really frustrating.