Know before you go! Bridal shows are an entertaining and efficacious tool in planning a wedding. There is no better place to shop and compare ideas, services, and vendors than at an event that showcases wedding experts. Bridal shows provide pivotal information and ideas for wedding planning. Nonetheless, bridal shows are also a productive and fun excuse to spend the day with your wedding party, family, and fiancé. Door prizes, show discounts, free magazines, samples, photo ops, food tastings, demonstrations, entertainment, seminars, and makeovers are just a few aspects of these shows that can be helpful in giving you inspiration and direction in your planning process. To ensure you get the most out of your bridal show experience, here are a few tips!
Research the Bridal Show Beforehand
Not all bridal shows are created equal. Take your time researching where the show is located, the bridal show producer’s website, videos, and social media sites. Look at reviews and past event success (or failure). Take it upon yourself to contact the company putting on the show to ask questions. In fact, professional bridal show producers value their potential brides and are always happy to speak with you.
Pre-Register for a Show
Buying tickets ahead of time will save you time getting into the show. The people throwing the bridal show need an approximate number of attendees to plan the number of samples, door prizes, food tastings, magazines, and goody bags accordingly.
Make a Wedding Email Address
Having a separate email address entirely dedicated to wedding planning will help you keep all of your information together in one account. You can give this email address to all potential/final vendors and not have to worry about giving out your personal email!
Eat a Good Breakfast
Even though most bridal shows offer a plethora of different food samples, it is still not a meal and you don’t want your hanger to interrupt the excitement.
Wear Comfortable Shoes
From large wedding convention expos to boutique bridal shows, you will be on your feet for most of the day. Be sure to wear shoes you can stand in for a long time.
ALWAYS Enter To Win
Vendors provide real prizes that are typically wedding-related and could be very helpful. Always enter for them. You could be missing out!
Bring Labels to the Bridal Show
Most companies have enter-to-win contests or specials at their booths. We recommend you pre-print some labels with your name, wedding date, and contact information on them so you can enter quickly. These labels also help you swiftly provide your information to companies that interest you.
You should have a budget and the types of services that interest you in preparation beforehand. However, prepare yourself for some of these ideas and services to change once you see other things you had not thought of. Take the time to check out these different ideas and services to see if they would fit better!
Take Lots of Pictures and Notes
Bridal shows can be intimidating and overwhelming, especially if you are just starting your planning process. It’s important to take notes of those you talk to and those who impress you even if you are not ready to book right then. If your notes are not legible or clear after the fact, you can always follow up with the bridal show company to ask about their vendors. The more information you take down, the easier it will be for you to remember what you want and who to contact to get it.
Wedding planning can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be! Enjoy the process with your friends and family. Attending a bridal show where every vendor is interested in knowing about your day and all it entails is exciting. Take your time to get some inspiration and to talk about your plans. Happy bridal show-ing!
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