We’ve been out spreading the wedding videography word in 2016, through networking with other industry vendors in London, advertising and a few good old wedding fairs.
We’ve done the local Greenwich Tavern wedding fair which was lovely seen as the venue is less than 10 minutes walk away from our front door, amazingly when I was driving the gear home it took me over an hour to get back due to road closures, had it not been for the amount of stuff we exhibit with it would have been much more sensible to walk.
This seemed to be the premiere wedding fair just south of the Thames, from the windows of the Tavern you’re basically on the shores of the water. Being my first time at the Greenwich venue (upstairs at least, I’d obviously been in the pub section downstairs once or twice!) The room upstairs is however very grand with stunning river views, high ceilings and lots of column detailing. On the day there were around 12 exhibitors creating a very relaxed and informal feeling which is always best for meeting bride and grooms in. We met lots of happy couples looking for inspiration for their wedding days, unsurprisingly, given the history of the area, nautical themes were abundant. We also met some great exhibitors and really struck a chord with Kerrie and James the husband and wife photography team based just next to London bridge. The day flew past as the wedding cake lady kept everyone supplied and more than content with some of her lovely cakes and treats- chocolate orange being my favourite of hers.
Keeping in London, we also took a gamble on our biggest fair of the year- The Luxury Wedding Fair at the Hilton Hotel on Mayfair. As expected this was a lavish affair complete with catwalk fashion show, live singing performances from vendors and an awful lot of champagne for couples to sip as they perused the large variety of suppliers. We’ve since begun working with a destination Wedding Photographer in Italy we will reveal all about in a near future blog post. Normally at fairs we’re one of 2 or sometimes maximum 3 videographers exhibiting, this time there were two of us, Confetti and Silk pride ourselves on being able to use minimal kit (definitely not cheap or scrimped on though!) to film in as cinematic way as possible- the other videographers had possibly the biggest drone I have ever seen, it was quite intimidating for a lot of couples whereas I think a few others really loved the idea and thus proving the mass variety of styles of wedding films are indeed in demand and all cater to their own specific niches of brides and grooms.
We then made an appearance at a sort of mid sized fair, The Landmark Fair at St Albans church in Teddington. This was a classy affair with each supplier being really professional both in their stand space presentation and their product offering, we think we fitted in nicely! A number of workshops as well as bridal dress shows took place throughout the few hours and we had a great response, we booked one couple a few hours after getting back to Greenwich that evening which is a new record for us. We’ve already booked in again for next year as it’s also one of the, if not the, most professionally organised and well marketed fairs we’ve found in our time in London.
Ealing town hall fair was good to us in 2015 from a booking perspective, so it was natural we exhibited there again in 2016. It brought about our most stunning wedding location yet, the Shangri La hotel at the Shard, although not to film a wedding- we booked to film the beautiful Anika and Anish’s Save The Date film you can see below on the homepage. Who says invites and save the dates need to be pieces of paper! What a day that was, the rooms were spectacular and being left alone to film on an entire private floor of The Shard was something Dan and I very much enjoyed. Ealing wedding Fair- we shall be back for 2017!