Wedding Fair

Deciding to start this business over the Christmas holidays – as you know – has put everything into a fast pace. Making plans, setting up the business side of this venture, shifting the animals out of the barn, cleaning up and sprucing up – all of this takes time and energy.  We soon realized that come March – that there was a flurry of Wedding Fairs being hosted by various companies. Most of these Wedding Fairs were booked months ago. Most were quite expensive. We were still busy with logistics so the whole fair thing threw us off guard a bit. We did run across one unique Wedding Fair who called the event, “This Ain’t Your Moma’s Wedding,” which hosted an array of vendors who typically approached things outside the box. I say that in the most complimentary way, mind you. There were videographers, belly dancers, homemade crafters making all sorts of unique products for weddings, etc. We were automatically drawn to this wedding fair for obvious reasons – an outdoor or barn wedding just isn’t your typical venue.  Unfortunately – the event hall was small and they were already book. But – luck shined on us with a phone call less than two weeks prior to the show stating that an opening was available if we were interested.  Yes – of course!
As excited as we were to have this wonderful opportunity – it meant creating a vendor booth that would help “paint out thousand words” – and to showcase visually the possibilities of an outdoor or barn wedding to these brides to be that would be attending.  We actually had quite a bit of fun doing this.  Building a set, bringing some ambiance in the form of watering tins, weather vane, a haybale draped in a quilt for seating, some fresh sunflowers, and such. We hung some of our best wedding pictures along a make-shift clothes line dotted with vintage hankerchiefs and actually our special “idea book” was a huge hit too as brides soaked up all of our wonderful pictures and suggestions.  We had a great time meeting the other vendors and all of the potential customers.  Jill even brought baby Finn (6 mos.) who was also a hit as he loves women – and there was no shortage of women at this event. All in all, I think we did our maiden voyage to the world of Wedding Fairs pretty well.  We were tired but pleased with the days course.
I think the two best “winners” of the day were …first –  a woman who came up and looked at our pictures and with frustration all over her face stated “Oh, I wish I had found you guys earlier!  I already have my venue secured at Laurelwood on Signal Mountain but your barn is exactly what I had wanted but just couldn’t find!”  Yes, sad that she won’t be a customer but wow – that she preferred us over Laurelwood – a very elegant high end barn type venue.
And, second a woman who along with her friend came into the booth and you could see the change of expression in her face as she looked at our pictures. I think she had never even pondered the thought of an outdoor or barn wedding before and now that she stood there looking at these gorgeous pictures and the  vibrant colors that set the background of each photo – you could see her brain working before my very eyes and she stated “wow, I had never thought of this before but this would be so cool!”  It was just delightful to watch inspiration at work.
Anyway….a good day meeting lots of people – both customers and vendors alike.  We have several of these unique vendors that we can now suggest to our clients….to help create this magical event at our Barn at High Point Farms – a day that will linger in their dreams and memories for a lifetime.
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