What’s your top tips for attending the show?
For the ladies – flat shoes! And we absolutely to see more men coming to the show! Look at the website before you come and use the Showplan map while you’re there to see where all the stands are located. Take advantage of speaking to people; you will have one-to-one expertise over that weekend and then you can choose whether you want to develop that relationship further and book appointments/consultations at a later stage.
And also visit the Manorview cocktail bar?
Yes of course! Bring some money and enjoy the bar and brunch area. QD Events has a very good relationship with Manorview Group, going back a number of years and they always over-deliver on what they say they will do. We give them the bar space and it’s always lively, fun, clean and to a very high standard. We never have any issues or complaints from that area and as an organiser, it’s one less thing we have to think about; we just know it will be run properly with great service! Manorview are very much about looking after their team and this is obvious, as the staff always appear to be happy!
This is a really important time for brides/grooms-to-be visiting the show and they’re likely to be with some of the most important people in their lives and also making some very big decisions! They could be with their mum, mum-in-law-to-be, bridesmaids, cousins, friends, partner and it’s a bit of a celebration. They’ll probably not have the car, as they’ll want to have a couple glasses or fizz or a few cocktails and you can feel that nice buzz and excitement in the air. Visitors to the show will have a great experience on that Saturday or Sunday they decide to visit, not something you’ll get at any other wedding show.
What do you love about your job?
One of the nicest things is when I go on to the concourse and see a girl with her mum, she’s got the bag with lots of leaflets and magazines and you can see her saying “I can’t believe I have all these things booked”! It’s then you realise how much you’ve actually helped people, by bringing these businesses into the show and given them what they’re looking for. You go home with a really happy, satisfied feeling that you’ve helped someone. As much as we are a business selling space, it really makes a difference to know you have inspired or helped someone create their special day. It’s also about bringing people together and seeing them having a really great time. You’ll see a group of girls in the bar having a few drinks and enjoying a lovely day and it’s nice to know people are buying something they want rather than something they need.
Nowadays weddings come in all shapes and sizes – the Show is for everyone?
Yes, absolutely! Relationships and weddings have changed and it’s good to be part of a more inclusive and accepting society – and the show reflects that. The show has something for everyone. It could be the first wedding, maybe even second or third, same-sex wedding, large or small, home or abroad – whatever the dynamics of the big day you are organizing, everyone needs advice and suppliers to go to. Many businesses offer bespoke services and if you really want a black wedding dress, there will be someone who can design one for you.
Mostly the show is just a great day out which everyone can enjoy. There’s a lovely atmosphere with an element of excitement and it’s great to experience and be part of it!