So at the weekend Lulabelles took part in its very first wedding show. Two days later i am still floating on cloud nine! The response from brides, by standers, other suppliers and my followers has been amazing! I am so overwhelmed by all the lovely comments and feedback. It was a massive milestone for us as a new up and coming small business to have a stand at such a large show! We even ran out of pricelists for our lovely brides to be, because i never anticipated such a large volume of people would actually be interested in me!
Fast forward 24 hours before the show, and my anxiety had almost gotten the best of me. Driving to newmarket racecourse i was a crying stressed out anxious mess and i was convinced i couldn't do it. I was making a massive mistake, what if no one came to see me? What if people didn't take me seriously because i a newcomer to this world? What if i stuttered my words, and made an idiot of myself? I decided for a split second that was it, i was shutting up shop, because if this is what it takes to make it in the wedding world then i couldn't do it. I love weddings and love organising but i could't put myself out there and potentially get knocked back. Thankfully those doubts lasted all of 30 seconds before my dad (and number one lulabelles supporter - bless him!) rang me "Where are you? I've started unloading the van" Ten minutes later i arrived at the stand, calm and composed with sunglasses hiding my red puffy eyes (although my heart racing ten to the dozen)! And everything was unloaded and waiting for me to put in place and make pretty. A quick twenty minutes later and i was done and on my way back home telling myself my stand looked beautiful and i would be ok.
The show went amazing! So many people came by and were like "I follow you on instagram" "I like your facebook page" and that literally made me tingle and feel all warm inside. I cannot thank all the lovely ladies enough that came my way on sunday! I loved every minute of it and i don't know why i was ever so worried! Little miss Lulabelle herself, was on competition duties. With her charismatic charm, who could say no to a cute six year old asking if you'd like to fill out your details for a chance to win the flower wall? With over 170 entries, she definitely earned her keep this week! And was paid in her favourite powdered milk bottles! Also helping us out on the stand, was my step mum, Janet - a wedding show pro has been doing wedding shows for over 20 years and knew all the faces. Janet with lacey helped get details of brides that were interested in booking with us, and she helped regain a little confidence in myself. The time flew by, and before i knew it, it was 3pm the traffic was dying down a little and i had time to munch on a scotch egg and a cupcake from the hilton girls!
Since the show, the one thing many people have since said to me, was how they could tell i had such a passion for the things i was talking about! And i really do, i challenge you to find someone who is more obsessed with weddings that i am. Not only am i obsessed, but i'm a stickler for perfection! Everything has to be 'just so' and never 'it'll do'.
We have booked to do another wedding show at the athenaeum in bury st edmunds in october, and i cannot wait. Its kind of addictive, this wedding show stuff! Lot of ideas are running through my head how i can make my stand look. Is there anything you'd all like to see? Let me know!