How to Survive a Bridal Show
Wedding Show Tips and Tricks
As a vendor that has done way too many wedding shows over the years, one of the questions that I often get asked is, "How many people should I bring with me to a bridal show?" I suggest bringing one or two people to assist you at the most. A barrage of bridesmaids may hold you back depending on the size of the group, not to mention irritate you while you are concentrating on finding the perfect vendors for your wedding day. Try bringing your fiance, your mother, or a very close friend. Someone that has all of your best interests at heart. Your one or two people will help you sort out the right vendor for the job, and provide feedback, as well. They will also be able to help you carry your "swag" because after an hour or two, those bags are going to get very heavy and cumbersome with catalogs, brochures, and the like. Make sure to bring labels with your information on them. This will help expedite the process of signing up for giveaways, or offering your information to potential vendors. Be sure your labels include your name, address, phone, e-mail address, and your wedding date. Try going down each aisle twice to ensure that you do not miss anyone. The idea is to enure the best vendor pool to choose from for your event. Wear comfortable shoes. Many of the shows will have concrete floors, which can wear you out quickly. Bring some stickers or a colored pen to mark the vendors that you really want to follow up with, because by the end of the show, many of those vendors will look or even sound the same to you. It may also be prudent to schedule your wedding vendor appointment at this time, as dates for the more popular vendors are known for filling up quickly. You may also find it helpful to bring a small snack or small bottle of water in your purse, as some of the shows may have limited food options. After all, there is nothing worse than being hungry and irritated (hangry) while sharing the floor with a million brides and her troupe of bridesmaids on a mission. Plan on spending 3 to 5 hours at the show, and spend extra time with the vendors that most interest you. At the end, your swag bag is going to hold a ton of information, and goodies that you will want to sort through. I recommend sorting through the bag just as soon as you get home or by the next day so you will have the vendors fresh in your mind.
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