Getting engaged is such an exciting time! Planning, on the other hand, can sometimes be stressful. How do you find the perfect venue? The perfect vendors? Where should you even start?
One option is to attend a local bridal show. This is a great place to meet a variety of vendors all in one location, and you might even be able to take advantage of specials being offered by participating vendors. Because they’re often huge events, though, bridal shows can easily become overwhelming. Here are our tips to make sure you get the most out of your bridal show experience.
- Bring address labels. Bridal show vendors always have sign-up sheets for interested clients and giveaways. Print out labels with your name, address, phone number, email address, and wedding date so you can just peel and stick!
- Avoid the spam. Create a wedding-only email address to use for all things wedding-related so you don’t have to deal with all of the follow-up emails in your personal email.
- Do some research. Request a list of vendors prior to the show so you can plan out your time at the show around who you want to meet. This will save some time wandering along the aisles.
- Set appointments. If you find a vendor you love, request a follow-up meeting and make a note of it on the business card you take from them. With all of the information you’ll receive at the show, you don’t want to forget who you really want to work with on your big day.
- Wear comfortable shoes. After walking the bridal show floor for an hour or two, you’ll really appreciate this decision.
- Carry two bags. You will get a LOT of information from vendors. Put what really interests you in one bag and the rest in another. You will be relieved not to have to sort through it all after the show, and this will help ensure that you don’t misplace something important.
- Bring a buddy. Invite your mom or a friend or two so they can help you remember all the great ideas you’ll find at the show. You can also get their impressions of the vendors you’ll meet.
- Take pictures. Photos are a great way to trigger your memory about things that interested you at the show, and they’ll capture some fun memories of your wedding planning experience.
- Don’t panic. Some vendors might try to convince you to book with them on the spot to take advantage of a special show discount, but that shouldn’t make you anxious enough to sign a contract if you’re not sure. Mull it over, and if you decide that vendor is the one for you, ask if they’ll honor the show pricing. Most of them will!
Have you participated in a bridal show? What was your experience like? If you have any questions for us about this or other wedding-related topics, please leave a comment!