Feeling stressed about your wedding preparations? Attend bridal shows. Doing so will cut down on the numbers of vendors you’ll have to drive to and visit separately. But, don’t just attend bridal shows. Consider taking the following easy actions to get the most out of bridal expos.
Here Are Steps To Great Experiences At Bridal Shows
Attend the right bridal shows – Check the show’s vendor list. Opt for bridal expos that have all or most of the types of vendors you’re looking for. For example, if you need a wedding dress, choose bridal fairs that have wedding dress designers scheduled to attend.
Create a checklist – Add “to dos” like choosing a wedding photographer, reception decorations, wedding invitation designs, DJ, cake designer and floral arrangements to your checklist. Indicate how much money you’re willing to spend on each item. Bring this checklist with you to bridal shows.
Build a bridal fairs binder – You can get a three-ring binder from an office supply store. Label binder sections with important wedding topics. For example, you could label one section “wedding fashions”, another section “wedding decorations” and a third section “wedding refreshments”. Add another section titled “questions” at the back of the binder. List questions that you want to ask vendors in this section. Also, file brochures, business cards and flyers that you receive from vendors at bridal shows in a designated section. This simple step helps to keep you organized. Information that you need over the coming weeks and months will be right at your fingertips.
Arrive early – Show up to bridal fairs early enough to give yourself time to visit each vendor. Dozens of brides and grooms attend bridal fairs. Larger fairs pull in hundreds of couples. The last thing that you want is to be limited to seeing only a handful of vendors because you arrived late and had to rush.
Use social media – Join bridal show social media pages to stay aware of event changes. Organizers of bridal shows also post promotions at their social media pages. Take advantage of these promotions to save money on vendor prices. Pay attention to promotions deadlines, as some wedding promotions have to be used within a specific time period.
Take pictures and use video – Ask organizers of bridal shows if it’s okay to take pictures and video at the events. If it is, take pictures of wedding invitation designs, floral arrangements, wedding cakes and other winning items that you love. After you attend two to three shows, go back and compare these items, noting which items you like best.
Participate in giveaways and prizes – This starts with sampling wedding cuisine, desserts and beverages. Try out free products. Don’t leave without grab bags. Enter honeymoon prize giveaways. Give yourself the chance to win an all expenses paid honeymoon trip to an exotic, tropical location.
To get the most out of bridal shows, above all, ask questions. Remember to write down a list of questions that you want to ask vendors before you arrive to bridal shows. Jot down the vendors’ answers in your three-ring binder. Walk away from bridal expos with a wealth of valuable, priceless information.
About the Author
Abla Doku is an event producer who is passionate about making planning weddings a breeze. She brings brides and wedding professionals together under one roof producing bridal expos in DC and bridal shows in Virginia.