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. Here are 5 more tips. I you have not read our first five click here to read those first
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.
Be honest with the vendors
All of the vendors at the bridal shows are there to help and book new clients. And They do pay a lot of money to be there. In some cases, it can be as much as $1000 or more. Be straight with the vendors when they are coming to you. If you want to get information, ask for it. If you don’t need that service or are not interested in it, just say thank you, but I do not require that now. If you go and talk to everyone, whether you are interested in that service or not, you are just going to get overwhelmed and get information that you don’t need. It will also be frustrating for the vendor too.
Take info that interests you only
You are going to be visiting with so many vendors when at these bridal shows that it will become confusing. No matter how tempting it is to grab that free pen or magnet, if you don’t need it, don’t take it. The idea is to get the information from vendors you are most interested in talking to and possibly working with to contact them for bookings.
The vendors spend hundreds of dollars on these promotional things to give away, not to forget them. That’s great, but now you have to take this stuff home and carry it around with you at the show the whole time. Your arms will begin to get tired of carrying this massive bag of trinkets that will most likely be in the garbage by the end of the day. Just take what is of the most interest to you and make notes of who you want to remember so that you can contact them when you get home and go through everything.
Keep an open mind
Some of your best ideas will probably come from a vendor that you saw at a bridal shows. Look at everything. Talk to everyone you want. Get the info that catches your eye to call back later. Just soak it all in, especially if you are just starting with your wedding planning. You never know when your inspiration may hit.
Stay until the end.
I can’t stress this enough. The door prizes are given out at the end of the bridal shows for both the grand prize and the individual booth prizes. Here is a great trick to use your time wisely. If you are not interested in the fashion show or the entertainment show, visit with the vendors that piqued your interest. In most cases, they won’t be busy because everyone is watching the showcase. It would be the perfect time to get the information you want really, and there won’t be a crowd there.
Most important, have fun.
These Bridal shows are your time to be a VIP for the day. Everyone will want to meet with you so that they can talk to you about your perfect day. Enjoy it.
So there you have it. Ten essential tips to make your bridal show experience the most helpful and fun day you have had without getting overwhelmed in the process. If you have any suggestions that I didn’t list that you would want to share, jot them down in the comments below. There are still some great shows to come in Northern New Jersey. We at David Eric Photography hope to see you there.
About the Author
Caroline Rizzo is one of the owners of David Eric Photography in Maywood, New Jersey. With over 25 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]