I know that it’s good to do something for the first time… something new, something outside your comfort zone, something that could be the best thing ever… or the worst. It’s good for you, it requires you to stretch, to grow. Knowing & doing though, they are two very different things. Over the past year, I’ve gotten very comfortable. I’ve gotten busy. I’ve worked hard and as a result, had less time to spend doing things for the first time, things outside my comfort zone, things that scare me and challenge me… Until I made a decision to start saying yes. Saying yes to opportunities to stretch, to grow, to do more things for the first time.
The next opportunity came in way of an email, an email describing a wedding fair that, honestly, sounded like fun. It was a fair that was called The Bride’s Market and invited brides to meet vendors whilst sipping on a glass of champagne, at twilight.
I know right, I hear you saying: “Kylie, how is that really a challenge?”
Well, I have never done a wedding fair, or expo, or any other situation that resulted in me standing in front of a large group of people, trying to talk about my business, my life, about me. Cue nightmare, clammy skin, nervous rash and to be honest, I’d much rather be at home. Why? Because I’m so much more confident in small groups, one on one, wine and deep conversation… That’s my jam. So the expo scene really isn’t me – or so I thought. Enter The Bride’s Market.
Luckily, I had a wedding on the Saturday so I didn’t really stop to think about what lay ahead of me, until it arrived. A good friend of mine (who is planner extraordinaire from HT Events) graciously planned & styled my stall, so for me, I got to chat to other vendors, drink champagne and generally, just relax while they worked their magic on my stand (seriously, hanging garland and all!) So, imagine my surprise when I’m standing in front of my stall, admiring their handiwork and suddenly, it gets busy. Like hundreds of people busy. When crowds of people enter the front gates and brides with their mums, their friends, their fiances… are everywhere. Wanting to know what I do. What I can offer them. Who I am. Now… I’m not too sure whether it was the aforementioned champagne, but even with my heart racing, my nervous rash warming my chest, I wanted to talk. I wanted to meet them, to hear who they were and what they were planning. I wanted to find out how he proposed, what her rings was like and how they imagined becoming husband & wife. 3 things happened that night…
– I met some amazing girls that night – all very much in love and all planning different, yet incredible Weddings… some of which I hope to be apart of.
– I learnt that I can run out of Business Cards within 30 minutes and laugh, whilst handing out flowers with my logo on them. Who doesn’t like flowers right?
– Most importantly, I realised that I am enough. I can stand in front of hundreds of people and just be myself… and that is enough.
Thank you to everyone that came to The Bride’s Market and made it such an amazing night, I cannot thank you enough and I cannot wait to do it all over again… but this time, it won’t be my first time. If you are engaged and looking to come to the next one, I encourage you to click on the link above and sign up for their mailing list… trust me, this is the one night out that you don’t want to miss!
Here are some photos of my stand, with huge thanks to HT Events… I honestly couldn’t have done this without you!
That hanging garland, overflowing with greenery was just so perfect! These girls can honestly do anything!
I also took some quick photos of their amazing setting (my way of saying thank you!): classic, clean & contemporary, perfect for a wedding reception!