When children are engaged and decide to have a wedding, the next step is to find a venue. There are many options for wedding venues, ranging from shrines and hotels to hotels and restaurants. Bridal expos can help in finding the most suitable venue from a wide range of choices.
Wedding fairs are enjoyable events where one can experience unusual spaces and delicious food. It can be an easy environment to talk about weddings with children and create the right atmosphere when they come to the bridal show.
If the parents are attending, there are some important checkpoints and things to keep in mind while attending the bridal show. This includes consideration for the venue, family, costs, food, and the presence of a wedding planner. It is important to communicate and reach an agreement for a venue that is satisfactory to both parties.
When children decide to get engaged and plan a wedding, the next step is to find a venue. Today, the options for wedding venues range from shrines and hotels to hotels and restaurants. Bridal expos can help you find the right venue among the many available.
Wedding fairs are fun events where you can enjoy an extraordinary space and delicious food. It might be a good idea to take your children to a bridal show to create an environment where they can easily talk about the wedding.
Of course, the main group looking for a venue is the children. However, it is important to listen to the opinions of the parents to some extent and understand the content of the relatives who are invited.
This time, we introduce the checkpoints and important points that parents should know from the parents’ perspective when participating in a bridal show.
What is a bridal show?
Points to consider when participating in a bridal show
Notes on the bridal show
What is a bridal show?
A “bridal expo” is an event where you can visit wedding venues. In addition to touring the venue, the wedding dress exhibition includes a variety of programs such as tasting prepared packages and trying on clothes at the reception.
Some venues plan special events such as “New Collection Dress Show” and “Mock Wedding” to attract new customers. “It is an event that is perfect for those who want to experience the real atmosphere of a wedding day.
History of the wedding dress exhibition that walks with the times
Over time, the style and purpose of bridal shows have changed. Recent bridal shows focus on creating wonderful productions that can imagine the bride and groom’s appearance at the wedding venue on the wedding day, and the main purpose is to “acquire new customers for the wedding venue.”
Conversely, in the past, when people thought of bridal expos, they had the impression of a “couple’s event.” The original purpose of bridal shows was to “increase the average cost per guest for a wedding.” At the time, wedding-related vendors such as gifts, photographs, food, and clothing gathered, and it was the mainstream to entertain the bride and groom who had made reservations.
If parents cannot attend, be sure to consult with your children beforehand.
If parents do not participate in the bridal show, be sure to tell your child the points and way of thinking you are paying attention to as a parent beforehand.
If a child informs the parents of the venue decision without obtaining the parents’ consent, there are cases where the parents oppose and cancel the contract. There is also the possibility of a crack in the parent-child relationship, such as “I spent time looking for a venue, but …” It is necessary to choose a place where both parties can agree.
Points to consider when participating in a bridal show
There is a general impression that many couples participate in bridal shows together. However, there are also people who want their families to see the wedding before deciding on a venue, so it is not uncommon for parents and siblings to participate in bridal shows together.
If you plan to attend a bridal show with your children, here are five things you might want to confirm as a parent.
Atmosphere and facilities of the venue
The good thing about bridal shows is that you can see the actual atmosphere and facilities of the venue, which you cannot find on their website.
As a parent
・ Is it easy for elderly people to move?
・ Is it easy to use with children?
Check the following important points regarding the relatives you plan to invite.
When it comes to the cost of a wedding, some people may have the impression that the estimate is much higher than the initial amount as the wedding preparations progress. Especially if both parents are helping cover the wedding costs, it is important to have an idea of the total amount at the estimation stage.
If the initial costs begin to increase significantly, it may cause stress to think about something different. When requesting an estimate, you can compare not only the cheap “minimum price” but also the potential additional costs such as “food,” “clothing (including clothing for relatives),” and “gifts” from the beginning. You should do this.
At a bridal fair, you can sample wedding meals that will actually be served at the reception. Depending on the venue, you may be able to enjoy a full meal.
As a parent, judge whether the food suits your guests you plan to invite. This is a valuable opportunity to exchange opinions with your children while enjoying a delicious meal.
Is there a charge for bringing in?
Depending on the venue, there may be restrictions on bringing in clothes, presents, and bouquets, or an entrance fee may be required.
Unfortunately, after contracting because you liked the atmosphere of the venue, it is not uncommon to find out later that “bringing in is prohibited.” As a parent, by confirming with your child whether there is a fee for bringing in children into the wedding venue before you contract, you can save the trouble at the wedding venue.
Wedding planners are available
If you have any concerns or questions about the wedding, you can consult a professional wedding planner at the bridal show. In many cases, the same wedding planner who serves as a tour guide at the bridal show will continue to be in charge.
Wedding planners will be involved with the bride and groom and their families until the wedding day. There may be someone close to you, but unfortunately, there may also be someone you feel does not fit. If the contact person doesn’t fit, it’s a good idea to suggest a change.
Cautionary notes for participating in a bridal show
If parents and children participate in a bridal show, it is sure to make the wedding preparations go smoother. We introduce two points to note when participating in a bridal show.
Pay attention to the time required
Bridal shows take time, such as tasting, trying on clothes, and such. The average time required is about 3 to 4 hours for many venues.
From the venue’s perspective, the time at the end when the “estimate for the wedding costs explanation” is given is an important time to decide the contract. Therefore, it may take time. If you have plans after the bridal show, be sure to inform them that you have plans for after it before the bridal show.
Avoid hasty decisions as much as possible
Sometimes you may receive “significant discounts” or other benefits if you attend a bridal show and sign a contract on the same day. Or you may contract with the venue in the excitement.
However, it is best to avoid signing a contract on the same day if you are going to choose another venue. You may be told that the benefit will not be available if you do not sign the contract on that day, but it is better to take care of it later. Make sure you and your child think carefully so as not to regret not finding a more appropriate venue later on.
Parents have a wealth of life experience, so they can honestly convey their opinions to their children. Good communication is important for finding a wedding venue that both parties can be satisfied with.
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Songwriting and composition: Saori Yoshikawa (Kyoto Media Line)