Recently I had purchased a booth at a local Bridal Show. I saw many engaged couples and had a few “first experiences” at this show, even though I have been a Vendor at many shows, for many years previously. We had a Bride come by our booth who was planning her 50th Renewal of Vows ceremony and we had several groups of Brides come by together. There was a group of 3 friends, and each one of them was getting married, and then we had a two more groups of 2 friends checking out the show together. They too were each getting married and different times.
Many Brides and families attend these shows, and are not sure really how these shows can be beneficial so I will provide you the information below:
The 10 things you should know about attending a Bridal Show:
1. Check out the price for the show entry. Some shows are FREE at certain entry times, or offer discount coupons at various locations in town, and thru Radio Stations. This certainly can be an important factor if you are bringing along your family, and Bridal party
2. Make a checklist before you attend the show on the areas you are in need of vendors. Sometimes you are so excited walking around the show, you have forgotten what you are still in the need of
3. Use the show to see what trendy and new ideas this season. You may have just gotten engaged and planning for next year, so all the research you do will be very helpful
4. The show usually gives you a handy bag upon entry, so make sure to pick up collateral at all booths that interest you, so that you may read thru the information and share with your fiancé or others if they are not in attendance with you.
5. Attend the Fashion show, as that will also show you the new dress styles, tuxedo styles and colors of the season.
6. Don’t be afraid to approach the vendors in the booth, or have the vendors reach out to you. They have paid for the opportunity to have that booth space and want to make every attempt to talk to all potential clients. No questions you ask are silly, or not important. Everyone has different questions that will be special to their needs.
7. Many of the booths/vendors will ask you for your information by signing a form, giving your email, wedding date etc. That is the only way they can reach out to you at another time to make sure you have been fully assisted with your plans. If you think you don’t want to write the same information over and over, you can preprint labels with all of your information, and then just peel one of at a time at each booth. Don’t forget your email.
8. Take photos of the displays and settings you fell in love with. It may jog your memory later when you are trying to explain what you saw to your vendors.
9. Taste the samples that are there for you. Don’t be afraid to try something you may never had , or thought you may not like. You may be very well surprised. Nothing lost , nothing gained…. It is only a sample
10. Lastly, enjoy the anticipation, the planning, and all that these moments create…….life long memories!