Tis’ the season for bridal shows. For some, a bridal show experience can be an overwhelming one but for those that are prepared, it can be rewarding. I want to share with you a checklist of things to remember as you get ready to attend an upcoming bridal show.
Before the Show:
- Register before the show.
- Research the list of vendors that will be there. Look for the ones that you need.
- Print atleast 2 sheets of mailing labels with your contact info to enter door prizes and info cards. Include: your name, your fiance’s name, mailing address, phone number, email address, wedding date and location. Go for the gusto and add a photo of you and your fiancé so that vendors can “put a face with a name”.
- Pack water, a snack, and gum.
- Wear comfortable clothes and shoes…and ditch the big, fabulous purse. You will more than likely receive a swag bag at the show.
- Bring a camera or your smartphone (fully charged) to snap photos.
- Bring a red pen to mark on the vendor’s info that grabs your interest.
- Have on hand a small notebook and pen to jot down tips and ideas.
- Don’t forget your checkbook. You may be ready to secure a chosen vendor, especially if you receive a discount for signing on that same day.
- Be bridal! Wear a bride shirt, sash, or sticker so vendors will notice you right away.
- Have your calendar ready to that you can add dates and check them before you schedule appointments.
- ARRIVE early.
During the Show:
- Check the times for the fashion shows, especially if you are needing inspiration for attire.
- Bring a list of questions to ask. Vendors want to inform you on services that they offer.
- If a vendor you are interested in is talking to someone else, standby and listen…and wait if you can. They may answer a question that you may have while speaking to someone else.
- Go ahead and schedule appointments to meet with the vendors you really like.
- Visit every booth.
- Place the vendors’ info that you really like in a special bag so you don’t get them mixed up with the others.
- If your groom is with you, stay together. It’s hard to make decisions if you both don’t have input.
- Don’t register for everything at the show. Go for the drawings that you would love to win.
- If you see a vendor that you have already hired, ask them for referrals of other services that you need.
- Schedule a break. Enjoy the food and music and take a moment to take in all that you have experienced.
- Pick up free magazines, menus, and other materials to read for later.
- Have a plan of action!
- And, don’t attend the fair alone. Bring your mom, your fiance’, or a gal pal.
- HAVE A FABULOUS TIME!
Are you planning to attend any local and upcoming bridal shows? If so, I hope that these tips will be helpful to you.