By Emma Gomez
A planned wedding? At Castle of Requests in Valframbertlovers will be able to find their happiness, Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 Novemberon the occasion of the wedding fair.
The wedding planner Mary Garnier took over the reins of the event this year.
I attended as a participant in the wedding fair in October 2019 and the person who had organized it did not wish to take it back. So I decided to do it myself.
Parades and shows
In a few hours, the future married couple will be able to get a very precise idea of the latest trends in terms of hairdressing, make-up, decoration, video, photography, jewellery, flowers, gastronomy… And everything in a grand setting. “I wanted a prestigious location and an intimate lounge with little or no competition between each service provider”. They will be twenty to hold a stand at the event, which will take place between 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.. A bespoke wedding dress designer and a home designer will be present.
Parades will be organized on the day at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.. A magicians show will also take place as well as a pole dance show.
Nature at the heart of 2023
If fashion was chic and country decorations in 2019she turned to a bohemian and natural style This year. “Lots of orange and green colors”. The weddings that Mary Garnier preparing for 2023 revolve exclusively around nature. “It can’t really be explained, it’s just a fad! On social networks, we only see that! »
Others deviate, of course, from the usual trends and embark on much more atypical projects. “You have to adapt to the customers. I had requests on Harry Potter themes or board games, “says the wedding planner.
Another trend: the photobooth, a terminal intended to make independent photo prints.
The bride’s style remains unchanged, according to the professional. “For dresses, everyone has their own style, I really see everything: from something very simple and straight to a much more showy style, with tulle…”
The Covid has been there
But at the moment, fashion is above all reports.
Between the health and economic crisis, couples have had to postpone their marriage for a year or two. Some have had to reduce their budget. The wishes are still the same, but the prices have increased.
What is the average budget for a wedding? Difficult to answer for Mary Garnier.
The prices will have nothing to do with whether people want something intimate, with 30 guests in a restaurant, or whether they want to organize an extraordinary wedding in a castle. The last weddings I organized were between €10,000 and €20,000.
The most expensive ? Up to €40,000.
The 7 moments of Mary
With a bachelor’s degree in catering and marketing and a license in human resources, Marie Garnier turned to events in 2019. “I followed an event organizer training in e-learning and a specialization in wedding planner.
In September 2019, she launched “7 instants” where she offers “from A to Z” the organization of an event (wedding, birthday, secular ceremony, professional event, etc.). “From the search for the room to the decoration, the florist, the search for tableware and furniture and the coordination between the service providers on D-Day”.
If marriage is the 7th moment, the six other moments of life on which Marie Garnier can accompany her clients are advice (by telephone or email), communication (announcement, video), marriage proposal, anniversary wedding, bachelor/bachelorette party or decoration.
How to limit the costs?
Call out a wedding planner does not necessarily have the desire to organize a big wedding.
The people who contact me want to reduce their cost as much as possible. They have a small budget and know that I will be able to negotiate prices with my service providers.
To limit costs, a payment schedule can be offered to customers.
Starting to prepare for your wedding two years in advance does not necessarily mean that you want something extraordinary. Above all, this spreads the costs.
Choose the right place
If others, still, take it two years in advance, it is to “be able to book a place that they absolutely want. Conversely, sometimes they call me three months before! she says. Some are content with a small room, refurbished at lower cost. “To dress up a party room, I install a veil in white LED, it’s something that is very popular at the moment! »
What is most requested? “A place with beds”, answers without hesitation Mary Garnier.
Today, people pay much more attention to late-night returns, or at least take this criterion into account. It is important for them to have a place where their guests can sleep.
The place remains the second point the most important thing for the bride and groom, just after the trainerand before animation.
Next year, Mary Garnier plans to plan the wedding fair in the month of September, in particular “to organize parades outside”.
Wedding Fair. Saturday November 19 and Sunday November 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. At the castle of requests in Valframbert. Free entry. Catering on site or to take away.
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