Attending bridal shows is a great way to save countless hours from traveling all over town in search of the perfect vendors to use for your big day. Imagine seeing hundreds of local and national wedding vendors and having the ability to compare styles, products, and prices all in one day, and all under one roof! This is every bride and groom’s dream come true! To make the most of your visit, we suggest several tips.
Wear comfortable shoes and clothing because you will be walking a lot as you visit aisle upon aisle of exhibit booths show-casing the best and latest in wedding planning products and services.
Bride Email Address
Set up a separate email address through hotmail, or yahoo or another free web mail service that you use just to register at various places. Then after the wedding, you can cancel that email account and you have not given out your personal email address to hundreds of businesses.
Bring pre-printed address labels similar to those that you use for normal correspondence. Nearly every vendor will ask for your name or invite you to enter their drawings for special gifts and prizes. Having these labels will save you from having to write your name and address time and time again or, even better, add your phone, email, address and wedding date so you don’t have to write anything down on the forms.
Bring your mother, bridal party, fiancée, or friends to the event. They can help you cover twice as much ground and help share in the planning process by offering their opinions and thoughts about the potential choices of wedding vendors.
Make a Decision
Lastly, come prepared with a little decision making in mind. Many of the local vendors such as photographers, florists, and DJs book up on popular wedding dates, so you don’t want to wait too long after the show should you decide to utilize their services, and then be disappointed.
Register for everything you can! Not only can you win fabulous trips, prizes, and give-a-ways, but you’ll have the opportunity to receive free samples and discount coupons.
Bring your calendar and checkbook with you. You may find one or more vendors that you would like to schedule a one-on-one consultation with following the show. You also might find vendors that are offering ‘Show Specials’which may require signing a contract and leaving a small deposit.
Spend the Whole Day!
Make the most out of the time you are investing. Arrive early and plan to spend the day visiting the various wedding vendors. Walk the aisles when you first arrive, register for the drawings, and take notes about which vendors you want to go back and spend more time talking to in-depth, or set appointments with. Watch runway fashion shows. Then, after the show, go back and visit with the vendors and see if you have won any other wonderful prizes!