Whether engaged for a day or six months, you are probably trying to figure out how to get everything you would like done without being overwhelmed. Well, the first place you could start with is to attend a couple of bridal shows.
Now, going to bridal shows can be a daunting task in itself.
The first thing to consider is to limit yourself to 3-4 bridal shows. If you start going to every bridal show in existence, you will get tired of it, and they will begin to look all the same. (not to mention that many vendors will start to know you by name 🙂 ) So, do some research on some of the better shows in the area and make lists of those you are most interested in attending. Once you narrowed your choices down, you are ready to have fun! Here are ten tips to get the most out of a bridal show.
1. Set up a wedding email.
I can’t tell you how important this is. Once you have started investigating vendors, you will probably start getting inundated with emails. To keep everything straight and not clog up your personal or work email, it is best to keep a separate one just for your wedding.
2. Pre-register for the bridal shows
Pre-register for the bridal shows you are interested in going to and make wedding labels Don’t sign up for every show. Register for those 3-4 shows that you want to see. It will make check-in much more relaxed, and in many cases, it is cheaper or, better yet, free if you pre-register. Also, create labels. Very important. You can use tags to slap on every information card that vendors hand to you at the show. Keep in mind, at these shows, and there are at least 50-100 vendors, if not more.
They all want your information to contact you for bookings. If you intend to visit every booth, you will have to do a lot of writing. A quick label with your name, contact info (and we at David Eric Photography prefer to email rather than phone), wedding date, and wedding location would make your experience much more manageable. It will also give you more time to speak to each vendor and ask them any questions that you may have.
3. Be comfortable
Keep in mind; you will be walking around a banquet hall or convention center for a few hours. Wear comfortable shoes and bring lots of water and maybe even a snack. In many of these shows, there may not be access to drinks or food other than samplings. Also, have a canvas bag to put the information you will receive from the vendors so that everything is together. Some of the shows give you bags, but sometimes the containers may be small plastic bags filled up by the time you walk in the door.
4. Bring someone with you.
5. Enter into the contest drawings that are of the most interest to you.
Once you get there, you are encouraged to enter into every vendor table drawing. Take a moment and see what it is all about first. If the vendors are giving away a free item that you don’t want or need, don’t enter into their drawing. Keep in mind; every vendor is there to offer you their wedding services. And in many cases, the door prize is related to booking that vendor for your wedding. By taking the award without the intent of scheduling them, you are just wasting your time and theirs. Also, keep in mind that you permit them to contact you if you give them your information. Unless you want that vendor to call, you don’t do it.
About the Author
Caroline Rizzo is one of the owners of David Eric Photography in Maywood, New Jersey. With over 29 years of experience in the wedding industry, she has won awards for excellence in photography and design. Caroline has helped hundreds of brides get the most out of planning their wedding to make it picture-perfect.
David Eric Photography is a vendor that does at least four bridal shows per year and has seen so many brides get overwhelmed with the whole wedding planning process. If you are looking for an experienced wedding photographer who can also help with those details that most don’t know of, call Caroline of David Eric Photography, Northern New Jersey’s most sought-after wedding photography studio, 201-880-5400, or email her at [email protected]