It's that time again!
As the fall quickly creeps up on us the excitement of Bridal Show season is right on it's heels.
Today I wanted to bring together 5 simple but hugely helpful tips to help you get the most of every bridal show you attend. Take 3 minutes to check out these tips and head into the show re
Tip #1 - Print Labels
Please please please, if you disregard everything else in this post, do this one thing!
At almost every booth there will be a form or giveaway to sign up for. Save your hand (and sanity) by printing out labels ahead of time that you can peel and stick right onto these forms. You win because it's quick, easy and one less thing to think about. You also win because vendors can actually read your information to contact you when you win!
Key info to include:
- Your Name
- Your Grooms Name
- Your Wedding Date
- Your Phone Number
- Your Email Address
Tip #2 - Bring inspiration
Looking for a florist but have an idea of what you are looking for? Bring photos!
Tear them out of magazines, save them on your phone gallery, or have a pin board handy.
It's a great way to find out if your style and a potential vendors style match plus, it gives you something beyond price and date to get the conversation going.
Tip #3 - Know What Vendors You Need and Ask Questions
Take a look ahead of time and know what types of vendors you really want to look at.
If you are early in your planning, yes - take the time to check out all the vendors but figure out which 3-5 types of vendors are top of your list and have questions ready to ask. This will help you if you SOOO much start to get overwhelmed.
Tip #4 - Take photos
When you see something that inspires you - take a photo! Whip out that smart phone and snap a photo to job your memory later then, take it a step further - take a photo of the business card of the company that has inspired you and THEN take the photo of the inspiration.
This can do more to jog your memory of the people, products and ideas that inspired you or resonated with you in some way.
Tip #5 - Book Consultations
It's an amazing feeling to walk out of a show having booked your vendors (or at least a few of them) but what if you aren't ready to sign on the dotted line just yet? Book a consultation!
Chose your top few vendors that you are considering and ask if you can book a consultation on the spot.
I know it's one extra thing to do but trust me, you will walk out feeling like you accomplished something AND it's so much easier to book on the spot then having to find their card later, call or email, and try to figure out schedules later. You'll also have a better chance of getting your preferred date and time.
It's tempting to take that bag of cards, brochures and information and put it away for a few days after walking the bridal show for a few hours but time gets away from us so quickly! By the time you get back to that bag in a few days or weeks (or even ekk months) you may not remember some of the details like 'which venue was it that was so excited for you?', 'who was that lady who got your to pet her album?', 'who was that florist with the amazing centrepieces?'
Bring your fiance or a friend along to the show and plan a lunch/coffee/or dinner date after to sort through the info you got while it's still fresh in your mind. I promise, you will be glad you did.
I hope these tips help you (and the brides around you) to have an absolutely blast attending bridal shows and help you to get the most out of them.
Your wedding day is going to be amazing and I can't wait to see it all come together!
P.S. Brides (and past brides) - do you think I missed an important tip for making the most of Bridal shows without getting TOTALLY overwhelmed? Add it in the comments below for all your fellow brides!