Bridal Expos - Make them work for you.
19th July 2012
Bill Scurry Marriage Celebrant.
Plan to make a day of it. There are many vendors, and you want to make sure that you have time to speak with everyone you need to.
Come with an open mind. One of the best things about a bridal show is that it gives you an opportunity to see what’s new and exciting, things you may not have thought of or considered. Make a list of what you will need most and what your budget will allow for each item and service. Be sure to leave some room for the unexpected – you never know when you may see something you’ll want to have that you never thought of.
Wear comfortable shoes. You will be doing a lot of walking around and standing when speaking to all the vendors.
Bring along a friend. It is good to have someone to share the experience with and to offer a second opinion.
Bring pre-printed self-adhesive address labels with the following information: your name, address, phone number, email and wedding date. This will save you time and allow you to sign up for anything you want, very quickly.
Bring a notebook to record specific notes on each booth. It will be difficult to remember which vendor told you what. You could see many photographers, videographers, venues, celebrants etc… Write down a few notes of interest, so you have something to go over later on, when you get home.
Create a new email account. Register for a free email address that you can use when filling out forms. When the wedding is over you can cancel the account and not receive any unwanted wedding information.
Ask lots of questions. Bring a list of questions to ask the bridal vendors. They are there to help you. The best way to find out whether or not a service is right for you is to always have a conversation. You will determine, usually in the first few minutes, whether a service is right for you. Jot down any price quotes or tips they may have to offer.
Browse but do not necessarily plan to book on that day. Meet with the bridal professional’s to see what they have to offer, but do not be pressured to book their services at the show. Take their information with you to go over at home.
Fashion show. If you have already selected your wedding attire, you may wish to skip the fashion show in order to spend more time with the other suppliers. This is ideal time for you, as the other suppliers are sitting around with nothing to do and no one to talk to. They are all yours, until the fashion show ceases…
Enjoy it! Bridal shows are fun! If you use the above suggestions, you should be all set to go, with minimal frustration. Shows are overwhelming when you are not prepared, so make sure you plan accordingly, and Enjoy!