I wasn’t sure how today would pann out, a) I am getting over cold and am at the coughing stage, which is not the best when you are expecting to talk to several couples. b) the weather was forecast not to be good.
The morning didn’t actually start out good when we were late setting off, we got to the Marine hotel with about ten minutes to spare to opening. Then David realised he has left my banner on the driveway! So he had to come back home to collect it, which was just as well because we had quite a lot of rain here in our absence. Given those two things, one lady came upto me and complimented me on the set out of the stall and how quickly I had managed it, saying that I must be used to setting up at wedding fairs. I suppose I am really and it must have looked to good to everyone else who were set up and waiting to see this person blow in at the last minute and have everything looking good by the time it was opened, wish it was supposed to have been that way! The lady was with her daughter and it was their first wedding fair so that had arrived as early as possible, and as it was opened to exihibitors at 8am that could have been very early!
To begin with the fair was slow but towards lunch time it started to pick up with lots more couples and families passing through, I think I managed to talk to most and although some had already booked their wedding and venue there were those that were still not sure what they wanted and they were interested in a Celebrant led ceremony and the options and choices that it gave them. There was at least one couple who had booked with the registry office but once I spoke to them were regreting it but having paid deposits it was too late for them to change their mind. One lady who hadn’t booked a venue was quite open about the fact that she would probably go for a church weddng but took a leaflet ‘just in case’. It good that couples now have a variety of choices and that is what we are all about. I have no problems with couples going with the Church or Registry Office so long as they have been informed about all choices.
The Marine Hotel does have three Registry Office licenced rooms but they are still opened to helping a couple who wished to have a Celebrant wedding and took some of my leaflets so they could hand them out to those interested.
So what started as a bad start to the day ended up being a good day and it was and always is a pleasure talking to everyone. Oh yes and the coughing was kept to a minimum and I managed to hold off whilst talking to anyone.