What to Do at a Wedding Bridal Show

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Tips For Attending Bridal Shows

Bridal shows are a convenient way to see ideas, vendors and wedding suppliers all under one roof (not to mention the freebies). They can also be a bit overwhelming due to so many people and distractions. Before attending a bridal show, do a little planning. We have some tips to help you get the most of out of the bridal shows you’ll attend.


Pre-register. If the event that you will attend offers pre-registration, taking advantage of this option will save you time at check-in. Pre-registration will often save you a few bucks too as door ticket pricing is usually a bit higher.


Dress comfortably. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes as you’ll be doing quite a bit of walking! Well attended shows can also be a bit warm, so you may want to dress in light layers.


Bring a bag. Sure you’ll probably receive bags from vendors at the show, but handled bags can be a pain to carry. A cross body or messenger bag is perfect for carrying handouts, leaving your hands free for signups.


Bring your wallet. Many vendors offer show only promotions if you sign up on the spot. If you find a great deal that you want to take advantage of, you’ll need a form of payment that day. Don’t let bridal show offers sway you from your budget though. Great vendors offer deals that last after the show too.


Make labels. If you’re interested in signing up for additional information, be sure to print your name, phone number and email on labels in advance. This will allow you to move quickly through the show.


Bring swatches. If you have already selected your wedding day colors, bring swatches with you to match up to jewelry and accessories that might be on display.


Get cards (and make notes). You’ll speak with many wedding vendors at the show. Make a note on their card so that you remember the ones that you want to follow up with after the show. It’s much easier to do at the time than try to remember when you are going through your bag later. You may also want to put vendors you know you like in a separate pocket!


Ask and listen. Bridal shows are a great place to ask questions to find vendors that match your wedding vision. But just as importantly, it’s a good opportunity to see if vendors are truly interested in how they can fit in your day. Do they ask questions of you? Are they easy to talk with? You’ll be trusting them with fulfilling your wedding expectations and working closely with you so be on the look out for vendors you connect with.


Plan your trip. You can look at the vendors list to see who will be at the show. If you have already selected your wedding dress, you can move past those booths and plan on talking with vendors whose services you still need. Booth numbers are usually indicated on the floor plan map. Planning in advance to concentrate on three vendors or services makes the trip more manageable.


Bring a friend – with instructions. If you’ll attend the show with someone, make sure that person knows your agenda in advance. If she is easily distracted or looking at things that you don’t need, she could be more of a distraction than help. Avoid this frustration by telling her what you hope to get out of the show.


See it all. If you bounce from side to side at the show, you might miss the booth you really need. Plan on browsing down one side, then the other of each aisle. If you notice most people are headed to the right, go left or to the back corner of the show and work your way out.


Come early. Bridal show freebies go fast and the crowd builds later in the day. Arriving early can give you more space and time to talk to vendors.


Eat before you go. Some venues may open a concession stand, but not all do. Plan to eat before you head to the show – and bring a bottled water to stay hydrated!


Bring your camera. See a great idea? Snap a pic. This is a good way of saving ideas. You can also take pictures of booths or cards you want to follow up with later.


Fashion shows. If you haven’t selected your wedding day attire yet, fashion shows can be a great way to see several looks in a short period. If you have already made your selections, take advantage of the quieter time when everyone else is watching the show to visit with vendors.

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