Sunday, October 24, 2010

Survival Guide for Bridal Shows

CT Bridal Event

The season for bridal shows is almost upon us.  Here are a few survival tips to make it through the day and really get the most out of it for your wedding. 

~Remember to take your time, walk through the event and then come back to vendors you really want to connect with.

~Set up a wedding email address, and use this when you are asked to leave an email address.  Make sure you do check this account often enough though, because you may be offered worthy deals, or win a prize.  Brides have also found that bringing along labels with their information already printed on it is a quick way to leave your information.  If you come with a group, make sure they all know what information you are willing to share with the vendors.

~Be honest. If you don't have a wedding date, tell the vendor. Don't make up a date, but do share what season you are looking at. 

~If you have already have a vendor, you should still stop and at least take a look.  You may see that they have other deals that you could use at a different time. If you already have a photographer, you may get photograph ideas, or you may wish to book another photographer for your Jack 'n Jill, or your shower.  If you have a cake already, you may find a cake baker for your shower cake or even wedding day favors.

~Take in the ideas.  Realize that at a show some of the ideas may be over the top but it is to mostly showcase that they can do anything for you.  Even if you don't like the color combos, look past them and look at the idea.  See what ideas you can bring to your wedding or how you can take an idea and make it your own.

~If you see something you love, like an arch, or cake stand, see if you can rent them for your day. Or ask where you could locate the item to rent or purchase.  Remember some vendors do sell goods right there at the show. 

~It is a good idea to think of questions for vendors before hand.  

~Bring your camera along. if you fall in love with something, such as a decorum item, ask the vendor if you can take a photograph.

I know I said this before, but just to reiterate, take your time.  A bridal show is suppose to bring you ideas, help you find vendors, and be an enjoyable day out with your friends and family. 

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