I recently had the experience of taking part in a Virtual Wedding Fair organised by White Sky Events. The original Kent Wedding Fair was due to take place at the Mercure Hotel, Tunbridge Wells, but was (understandably) cancelled due to the Covid-19 restrictions. White Sky took the initiative to set up a virtual platform on Facebook so that all of the suppliers still got a chance to showcase their services to prospective brides and grooms.
Everything was planned and timed meticulously with each supplier given the choice of providing photos, a pre-recorded video and/or appearing “live”. I chose to send some photographs and then appear live. The idea was that couples would register and be able to watch each video and then ask questions via the comments section. Each supplier was given a 15 minute time slot.
I managed to set up a little table display could that be viewed behind me, popped on my branded polo, and wrote lots of notes so that I would be prepared for any questions thrown at me! My time eventually came, I pressed “go live” and if you would like to see my video, then just click here. I am not sure how long the video will remain on Facebook, so apologies if you are reading this in 2022!
I was a little nervous (as you can probably tell), and I enjoyed the whole experience, but not as much as meeting people face to face.
Confidence in a supplier can only be gained through that personal interaction or experience. If you are using someone for the first time, especially for something as important as a wedding or any other big event, then you really need to feel that they understand exactly what it is you want, that they will deliver, that you are getting value for money, and that you will not be disappointed with the final result. That is why it was important for me to do the live video rather than pre-record something or just rely on photographs.
As a result of this, I am pleased to say that I have several enquiries to follow up on and I am very much looking forward to meeting these couples albeit via Zoom.
So for those of you who are planning a big day, or just a small quiet celebration and you are browsing websites, uncertain about whether to choose me (or any other cake supplier) please pick up the phone for a chat. I would love to get to know you better so I can provide you with peace of mind and assurance that this part of your day is sorted and you can concentrate on deciding whether to put Auntie June next to Grandad or Great-Uncle Tom and whether you really need to invite ALL of your cousins to the reception!