The Green Gardens annual wedding expo is right around the corner. Preparations are now underway to make sure that the wedding expo is a success. The wedding expo will be a two-day affair running from the 17th to the 18th of February 2018. More information can be found on their Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/events/. We managed to interview the principal organiser of the expo, Miss Linda Mpofu to find out more about the expo and why vendors and couples should be attend.
Q1: What is the name of you wedding expo?
Green Gardens 4th Annual Wedding Expo Past years it has been Green Gardens Annual Wedding Expo or Wedding Expo (followed by year e.g Wedding Expo 2016)
Q2: How did you join the wedding industry?
I have been exposed to the wedding industry since the age of 16! Green Gardens wedding venue happens to be located in our backyard so there was no escaping it. I’ve helped at the venue for a long time hence my decision to increase the online marketing of the venue. This year I was granted the opportunity to plan the entire Wedding Expo from start to finish. My planning assistant is the amazing Thulani Ndebele from Harsh Touch Entertainment. Previous years I have worked mostly behind the scenes. I was super excited at the opportunity as I had so many ideas that I intended on implementing.
Q3: How long has your wedding expo been running?
The Wedding Expo has run for 5 years now. However we declared it an annual event after we realized the first one was a huge success.
Q4: Please tell us more about the Green Gardens wedding expo
The Wedding Expo will be a two-day event which will run from the 17th to the 18th of Feb from 8 to 6 pm. The venue is the Green Gardens wedding Venue located in Matsheumhlophe,Bulawayo.We are anticipating over 18 various exhibitors in the industry such as car hire, decorators,DJ’s , photographers, videographers and loads more. Cost of attending the Expo will be $50 for exhibitors and $1 for visitors. We will also be having a Raffle Draw! Tickets are on sale now until Sunday 18 February at 2 pm. Draw will be at 4 pm on the last day of the Expo. The Grand prize is a free Green Gardens Wedding Venue for the lucky winners big day, which comes with Tent, Tables and Chairs all worth $1200 !!!!’
Q5: What is the theme of the wedding expo?
The Green Gardens wedding expo has no theme this year.
Q6: Who should attend the wedding expo?
Couples who intend on wedding and the decision makers for their wedding day such as relatives, wedding planners etc. Brides and grooms can choose their vendors during the expo. The Expo is also a great opportunity for upcoming service providers to see what the market has to offer.
Q7: What can participants expect from the wedding expo this year?
Participants should expect a huge turnout because every year the wedding Expo continues to surpass our expectations when it comes to the turnout. This is mostly due to the excitement that the Wedding Expo has gathered as the years have gone by. A larger turnout equates to more reliable leads which is exactly what every participant needs. We strive to make sure we get the word out in every corner of Bulawayo about our Expo so that participants get their money’s worth.
Q8. What kind of questions will wedding vendors be asked during the expo?
Wedding vendors should be ready to be asked on their pricing , terms and conditions for their services, any discounts on offer, extra services that they offer. Other questions asked will depend on what the service provider specialises in.
Q9: What advice would you have for new businesses looking at doing their first expo?
Make it worthwhile! How do you do that? Focus a lot on marketing and getting the word out. Use all the platforms that are to your disposal, social media, banners, radio, newspapers etc. Most businesses make the mistake of looking at it as a profit-making event more than it being worthwhile for visitors and participants. As Green Gardens we enjoy the satisfaction of having thrown yet another successful Wedding Expo more than how much we make out of it.