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Whats your best tips for wedding fairs ?

 
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May 28, 2007 06:00 |  #1

Hi there,

Never done a wedding fair but have booked one up for August. All my work comes from word of mouth or web search engine stuff.

Naturally I want to do more weddings as I figure if I do about 30 - 40 per year that would be enough to keep me happy :-)

I was thinking of giving away a 16x20 canvas wrap for anyone booking a wedding within 48 hours of the wedding fair (on packages costing over £1000.00)

I am working on a few great slide shows to have running and a couple of photo books.

Whats your best tips for wedding fairs ?

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May 28, 2007 06:24 |  #2
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We did a small last minute one last year and because we had only shot one full wedding by then we didnt have much to show at all. We stuck a portfolio up on a 20" mac screen, and had one sample album and graphi studios sample album and then filled the rest of the table with these that went down a strom.

Still get the cards with little holes in them coming back to us from people who picked them up and passed them on to friends, cant say for sure how many bookings we got from this one fayre but it must be about double figures by now.

Cost us a luttle money to put them together and I guess if it were a big fayre you would need a lot, but for us it really worked because people came to pick them up and we got a chance to chat to them.

We put a mixture of Rolos, Love Hearts, Sugared Almonds and Pink Smarties in em, only had one MOB ask how much it would be for us to supply them for her daughters wedding .... which we had a good laugh about and her daughter booked us for photography.

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May 28, 2007 06:37 |  #3

We bring about 15 full albums for the three tables we're given, and two 40x60in framed prints for the side of our booth (on easels), with a plasma screen in the center running a slideshow that's about 1 hour long, so that no one sees the same image twice.

We really like to emphasize the fact of an OVERALL package for the ENTIRE day, rather than looking like we get 5 good shots each wedding. Lots of our bookings comment on how they like the fact that we show the entire wedding for most couples rather than a few "best" shots.

We also have the misfortune of competing with the following EVERY show.
http://powersphotograp​hy.com/ (external link)
http://www.k-gallery.com/ (external link)
http://www.johnstonpho​to.com/ (external link)
http://www.photography​35.com/ (external link)




  
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May 28, 2007 10:49 |  #4

I'm curious why you would include the websites of your competition, but not your own. Sounds like you put up a good show.
-Mickey

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We bring about 15 full albums for the three tables we're given, and two 40x60in framed prints for the side of our booth (on easels), with a plasma screen in the center running a slideshow that's about 1 hour long, so that no one sees the same image twice.

We really like to emphasize the fact of an OVERALL package for the ENTIRE day, rather than looking like we get 5 good shots each wedding. Lots of our bookings comment on how they like the fact that we show the entire wedding for most couples rather than a few "best" shots.

We also have the misfortune of competing with the following EVERY show.
http://powersphotograp​hy.com/ (external link)
http://www.k-gallery.com/ (external link)
http://www.johnstonpho​to.com/ (external link)
http://www.photography​35.com/ (external link)


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May 28, 2007 10:58 |  #5
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You might consider giving away a free boudoir session including one photo enlargement to prospective brides. That might be a bit different than your competition. :)



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May 28, 2007 17:50 as a reply to  @ liza's post |  #6

All excellent suggestions !!!

I loved doing the 3 day (some cases, 5 day) "fairs", expo's, whatever their called
in whatever part of the world you live in .. They're mighty productive!
I usually booked the next year up in advance ..

I found that by "giving away" something like a larger print tho .. IMHO, said to the Bride
that I was *desperate* .. I never fell into the trap of having to feel like we had to give something up.
If the Bride felt my work as sufficient, she booked .. if not .. owell ..

I did however have my girls work the show, more then I did .. They ran my office
and knew how I did what I did .. not to mention .. I kina feel that women, like dealing
with other women .. They were always dressed to the 10's .. and quite articulate
and very intelligent ladies at that!

We did about 2-3 a year .. and did really well at them .. g'luck! :D


  
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May 28, 2007 17:55 |  #7
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Having a drawing at your table isn't desperate, but rather smart marketing. People at bridal shows these days tend to visit the stations that have something tangible to offer. And when you go through the names and addresses of the drawing registrants, you add them to your database of potential customers. :)



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May 28, 2007 19:06 |  #8

Tragerman wrote in post #3279851 (external link)
I'm curious why you would include the websites of your competition, but not your own. Sounds like you put up a good show.
-Mickey

I've posted several images of my own on here. Right now I didn't post the website because it's nothing more than an adobe lightroom gallery. If you wish to see it, here it is.
http://weddingdaystudi​os.com/ (external link)




  
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