Speaking from lots of experience…Bridal Shows/ Expos CAN seem overwhelming with the plethora of vendors, sales pitches, other brides seeking the same services as you, etc. The good thing is, it doesn’t have to be. Remember, YOU are in control. The best way to take control and keep it, is to be prepared.
A Bridal Show/ Expo is actually a great opportunity for you and your fiance to tour a fabulous venue, see your entertainment BEFORE you book services, view the latest in wedding fashion, receive discounts on services, & my favorite part…eat cake! I’m going to give you some advice that will save you lots of time, energy, and stress when you plan on attending these shows. First things First…
Bring someone with you. I’m sure there are lots of people assisting you in your wedding planning process. It’s always a good idea to bring one or two of them along to help you in your decision process. However, you may not want to bring too many because too many inputs can be too much. I advise you take pertinent bridal party members whose input is invaluable in your decision making. Your fiance, mother-of-the-bride, mother-of-your-groom, or the maid/man-of-honor, your wedding planner (if you have one), are key people to take with you.
Have you ever heard the saying Knowledge is Power? In this case, that saying serves as true. Before you attend the show, have knowledge of the services you need and feel free to ask questions, they are there & willing to help any way they can. If you go without any direction, your time will seem unjustifiable and not well spent. The following 7 tips can help you prepare and make the best of your experience.
- Bring your Best Friend! No, not THAT best friend, your Bridal Binder! Your best Friend has all your ideas, inspirations, and will help you stay organized as you meet different vendors. Use your pocket tab dividers to store brochures and informations on vendors you are interested in. Don’t add their stuff in with the other bag-o-goodies. That will leave you very confused at the end of the show. Use your 3-ring Business Card Holder to add business cards for key personnel you come in contact with.
- Bring your own personal labels. Your labels should include your name, your fiances name, wedding date, address, email address, and best contact number. Vendors are known for doing giveaways and special drawings to bride & grooms in attendance. Your labels will save you time and your hand from going numb.
- Bring your credit card. You may want to book a service while at the bridal show and will have to leave a deposit to hold your wedding date. If you want the services and your date is available, you can book right then and there. Take advantage of the discount they are willing to offer for stopping by there booth. FYI, it is never too early to book your wedding services. Many vendors book well over six months in advance. If you are feeling cautious about booking services on sight, set up a time and date to meet with the vendor to discuss services in more detail.
- Leave the kiddies at home (period)
- Dress casual and wear comfortable shoes. You will do a lot of walking so be prepared.
- Bring your camera. There will be lots to see and even more to remember. Pictures are worth a thousand words. Take pictures of ideas and things that inspire you. Print them and hand them to your best friend for safe keeping.
- Bring cash. You may have to pay for parking and/or at the door. To avoid paying at the door, always register with the show you plan on attending. Most shows will give you two (2) free passes for registering in advance.
Take advantage of the Bridal Shows/ Expos. They are there so you can have Your Cake & Eat it Too!
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