The Wedding and Honeymoon Show announces COVID-19 IndustryPledge THE organisers of The Wedding and Honeymoon Show, due to take place in the RDS, Dublin on the 19th and 20th September, together with show founder Terry Burns, have come together to launch a first for the industry in a bid to help build the foundations for the wedding sector’s future comeback.
In a new way of doing business, EventHaus, the event organisers, and Terry Burns, are galvanising support for The Wedding & Honeymoon Show by asking potential exhibitors to sign up for the show, simply by signing a free pledge.
As a direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the pledge will ensure that companies can secure a stand at the September show without the need for a deposit or any further stand payments before July 2020.
Understanding the enormity of the pandemic on the wedding industry, Garret Buckley, Managing Director of EventHaus, feels that this is the time, where now more than ever, you have to rely on existing relationships. Trust becomes the currency not Euro.
Garret explains: “In the midst of unprecedented uncertainty, we appreciate suppliers are cutting costs and planning for a very lean summer. We understand that it may be near impossible for businesses to look ahead to September, let alone commit financially to future events at this time. However, we also know that many of our loyal exhibitors rely on our shows to generate future business.
“The wedding market is affected with cancellations and postponements, but weddings will always win out and we are hopeful for a major boost to show attendance come September.
“Our unique pledge, based on goodwill, has been designed to galvanise industry support and to help us plan for the future. By pledging to support The Wedding and Honeymoon Show, we will continue to work with our suppliers in creating a September event like no other, that’s well positioned for our exhibitors to be front and centre in availing of the upturn.”
EventHaus have negotiated with all its suppliers and have secured flexible business terms – an example of further goodwill and how the entire supply chain are working to help other businesses at this time of uncertainty.
Sara Kennedy, one of Ireland’s leading wedding bloggers and host of the ‘I Do’ School at the show comments: “I am fully supportive of the pledge that the Wedding & Honeymoon Show has launched as it further demonstrates its support of the industry and the genuine interest in helping companies reignite their business in the coming months. Engagements, hen and stag parties, weddings and honeymoons will live through the crisis and I believe the industry will go into overdrive once we come through this.
“EventHaus are leading the way by allowing companies to secure a space at the show without a need for a deposit and I think this is key to giving businesses, many of whom are small or self-employed, the hope to forward plan and see that there is light at the end of the tunnel.”
Commenting after signing the pledge is wedding cake specialist, Bernie Kennelly: “I was counting on my April and May bookings before booking the show, and now I can’t, so this pledge really is a lifeline to my business. I have been going to the show for over twenty years, so it is great to see the organisers getting behind small businesses like mine and acknowledging the hard times we are currently going through. Wedding Cakes is my business, so knowing that I will be able to put my brand in front of thousands of potential customers come September, is a real relief for me.”
Another exhibitor who is in support of the pledge is Pete McGreal, owner of Video Memories Media. Pete adds: “I have been exhibiting at The Wedding & Honeymoon Show for a number of years, so it is really great to see the organisers backing businesses within the wedding sector. It is a difficult time for all of us but knowing there is support out there and having the security of the two-day show to look forward to is a relief. It is always a busy but great event and I look forward to meeting many new customers at the show in September.”
Following a very successful show in January, 70% of floor space at September’s Wedding & Honeymoon Show has already been secured. The show returns to the RDS, Dublin on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th September 2020.