Bridal shows are an excellent way to gather tons of information and meet wedding professionals face-to-face all in one place. But if you aren’t properly prepared, they can also be overwhelming.
We recommend that you go with a plan to help you make the most of a show.
Know your objectives.
Are you there to book vendors, set appointments, or to get inspiration?
Be prepared with some decisions ahead of time.
If possible, have some possible dates (or date ranges) in mind, and know whether you are flexible on your date. Discuss what you envision for your wedding and try to have a least a general idea of what your budget will be. Make sure you and your future spouse are on the same page.
Create email address and pre-printed labels.
You may want to create a designated wedding email, so that all wedding related info can go to that address. This helps keep everything in one place, and can also be helpful if you are hesitant about sharing your email address.
During the show, there will be lots of special offers and contests. Make signing up and sharing your information with vendors easy by pre-printing your information on labels. Include your name, mailing address, email, and even phone number. This will save you valuable time and make sure your information is clear and legible.
Bring the proper supplies.
Have your calendar handy — whether it’s on paper or in your phone, make sure you have it available to set appointment times. Don’t forget your labels too! Bring your tickets (printed copy or on your mobile device) and a copy of your registration form to speed up your check-in time.
On the day of the show…
Follow up with your favorites.
If you weren’t able to set appointments or book your vendors the day of the show, be sure to follow up soon! Some vendors book up over a year out, so the sooner you get a contract, the better.
There is one thing to remember ABOVE ALL ELSE…
Don’t forget to have fun!