Friday, July 30, 2010

Bridal Show Tips, Do’s and Don’ts

Bridal shows can be stressful, intimidating, and overwhelming. Who needs that when you’re already planning one of the most important days you’ll ever experience?! Well, we are here to tell you that with a little help and preparation, it can also be fun, exciting, and enjoyable. YEAH! Just what a bride needs in her life. Follow these tips, and you’ll be well on your way to having a great experience all the while finding one or all of your vendors for your special day!

Set Up a Wedding Email Account- In the early stages of wedding planning, consider setting up a wedding email account through a free online email service, such as Gmail, Yahoo, or Hotmail. Not only will it be convenient to receive all wedding-related communication through one account, but it will be helpful in keeping your regular email free of unsolicited email.

Print Address Labels At Home- Most vendors at bridal shows want to collect your information. Save yourself time and writer's cramp by printing up address labels at home prior to arriving. Some wedding expos offer this service when you arrive, but coming prepared will save you money, too. Each label should have the names of both the bride and groom; the preferred mailing address information should be sent to, the wedding email account, phone number, and your wedding date.

DO wear comfortable shoes- Bridal shows are normally all day and run one day or over a weekend. You’d want to be comfortable so you can focus more on those you are meeting rather than your feet that are screaming at you. This will help you move quickly and easily from booth to booth!

DO make a list of what you are looking for- Are you in need of a florist? Do you need a cake? How about linens? Going into the bridal show with a game plan eliminates wasted time with vendors that you are not in need of. You’re also able to spend more quality time with those vendors that you do need.

DO take notes and business cards – By doing this, you can match business cards with notes that you took from their booth. Organization is key and it’ll help you determine which vendor are right for you.

DON’T forget to bring people with you- Bring your mom, your fiancé if he’s willing, your BFF or all three! Having people with you gives you a support system and it also helps you with decisions that you might not be able to make on your own.

DO set up appointments and consolations – If you click with a vendor immediately upon meeting, that’s a good thing! Set up a meeting with them so you can have more one on one time with them to see if they can meet your needs regarding your wedding. Bring your appointment book so you can stay organized and on top of the appointments.

Bridal shows are there to give you resources and give you insight on your ideals. Use them to your advantage and have a blast doing so!

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