Bridal shows are so very exciting! Nothing like putting a bunch of people who work with brides in a big room together to get everyone excited about what they offer (and there are free samples!). But bridal shows can be BIG, overwhelming and exhausting and it’s possible to go home with a full tummy but not closer to fulfilling your needs.
You need a plan!
Here are some ideas on how to make the most of bridal shows:
- Plan ahead.
Have a look at the list of wedding vendors who are going to be at the show. Which ones do you really need to see and talk to? And if there are some ‘must haves’ for you then be sure to ask them if they offer what you are looking for. If they don’t, then cross them off the list and don’t spend a lot of time with them. You may also want to start with the vendor at the furthest point from the entrance and work backwards. Everyone else will be working the room the other way.
- Have your information ready.
If you are going to give your information out to vendors, you can print out some fun ‘business cards’ with your information on them. If you have a wedding logo, put that on there. You can have inexpensive ones done online at Vistaprint or even do your own in a Word Document and print them out on perforated Avery business card pages.
Alternatively, you can just go around and collect the vendor’s information and not hand out yours – but you are likely going to want to enter to win a few things!
- Who’s going with?
It’s tempting to bring the whole gang to the show – all the Moms (and Dads) may want to see all the exciting options offered by the different wedding vendors. If they do all want to go be sure to set some expectations ahead of time. Let them know that you are going there to see and talk to specific vendors and if they’d like to come along, great, but if they want to wander then plan to meet at a specific place at a specific time. You can even send them to a few vendors if you like and have them gather information for you.Alternatively, just bring your Mom or your best friend – you’ll get through the day quicker.
- Use your smart phone.
If you really love a particular flower arrangement or a dress or table decoration you see, take a picture of it. You’ll be happy to have it to reference if you choose to go with them or if you decide to do something similar.
Wedding events can be challenging but also very informative and lots of fun – as long as you do some preplanning. Good luck!