Congratulations, your engaged and your local bridal expo is right around the corner. Will you be attending? Of course you will:) Just about every engaged bride attends at least one bridal show or bridal expo during the course of their engagement. It’s like an obligatory duty once that rock is on your ring finger. And as wedding planners, we feel, it is our obligatory duty to make sure you have a plan/strategy before attending so you can be sure to get the most out of this event. With hundreds of attendees and tons and tons of vendor participants, we recommend following these simple tips so your bridal show experience is successful and enjoyable rather than being unorganized and overwhelming. So, here it goes:
♥Create a wedding email address. Lots of couples like to make cute email addresses that combine their names or include their wedding date. Use this email address to give out to vendors so that the emails you recieve after the show all go to one separate account. When you have wedding planning time available, you’ll be able to go through these emails and respond to the vendors you are interested in. When all wedding emails are in one place, you are sure not to miss anything and you avoid your personal email account from getting clogged up with wedding stuff.
♥ Make a list of vendors you already have locked in for your wedding and a list of vendors you are still looking for. If you already have a DJ locked in, then you know you don’t need to stop at the DJ booths. If you are still looking for the perfect florist, add florist to your “still need” list. Spend your time wisely and make connections with vendors you need. We recommend looking up the vendors participating in the show prior to the day of the expo, usually these are listed on the website for the bridal show. Check out what is available in the categories you are still in need of. Doing a little research on these vendors, prior to attending the expo is always a good idea!
♥ Bring a friend or your fiancé. Bridal shows are male and female friendly, meaning there is tons of stuff of interest for anyone you would like to bring with you. We recommend bringing someone with because there will be so much info that is communicated to you, in such a short amount of time, it is great to have another set of ears to soak everything in.
♥ Talk to the vendors. So many times, we see couples just pass on through the aisles and collect handouts. Yes, this is great but why not take advantage of the setting and talk to these vendors. Ask lots of questions, get to know these people. You are able to talk as much as you’d like and just about every vendor you will need is all in one place at one time. This cuts out tons of time surfing the web or going to several different consultations before finding the fit for you.
♥ Create address labels. During your time at the bridal expo, you will most likely be entering tons of contests for great deals and prizes. This is a time for vendors to try to grab your attention and set themselves apart from their competition. With this being said, their giveaways tend to be quite nice. If you have your contact info pre-printed on labels, it makes it super easy for you to fill out the forms and very easy for vendors to read your contact info in the instance you happen to be the winner of one of these prizes.
♥ Bring a bag to place all of your handouts and giveaways in. You will be receiving so many flyers, bridal magazines, advertising materials, and gifts, you will need something to put this all in. Many bridal expos give out reusable shopping bags at the entrance, but not all of them do this. It’s always best to have something with you just in case.
♥ Most of all…have fun!!! This is an experience that many engaged people try out. Don’t let it stress you out. Enjoy the cake and catering samples, dance to the music, check out the fashion shows, and make connections with the people who will potentially be running one of the best days of your life!
You will only be engaged once so soak up every minute of this super special time.
We will be participating in the up and coming bridal show in Phoenix, taking place on Sunday October 18th from 10am-3pm. This is The Phoenix Bridal Show (click on name for more details). This is located at the downtown Sheraton Hotel, located at 340 North 3rd Street, Phoenix AZ, 85004. If you are in the area, be sure to stop by our both #213. We have some amazing giveaways for the bridal show attendees, you won’t want to miss them:)
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Hope to see you all this weekend,