5 Tips to Avoid Bridal Show Overwhelm

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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.



Bonus Tip


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!


Yours Enthusiastically

Rebecca Signature


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!


5 Ways to Avoid Bridal Show Overwhlem

Wedding Wednesday with Guest Erin Bouchard of Once Upon a Time Weddings

  Today on the Blog I'm pleased to have my friend, colleague, and all around wedding expert Erin Bouchard, Owner of Once Upon A Time Weddings in Strathroy.  Without further ado I'm turning it over to Erin!


So we’ve survived the magical time of the year - for many women it’s made even more magical with a new shiny ring. If you’ve recently got engaged it can be an exciting time of your life. Embrace the happiness, joy and excitement! But you might have a few questions about what to do next or first and what to expect as you prepare for your big day. If this is you, then read on. If you hope that this will be you soon, then read on as well.


That’s where Once Upon A Time Weddings comes in. Once Upon A Time Weddings is a full service bridal boutique located in downtown Strathroy whose mission is to help educate and prepare brides for their big walk down the aisle.


When you first get engaged - you get bombarded with questions and inquiries about when the wedding will be and where it will be. There are some really big decisions to be made as the excitement wears down and the champagne is put away. So grab your fiance and prepare for fun, tears, showers, inappropriate gifts from Grandma and joy as you prepare to start your married life.


The first thing you need to start as a “soon to be Mrs.”, is to sit down with your fiance, your parents, and your fiance’s parents and determine your wedding budget. You can do this in a fun, informal way. It’s a great way for your parents to spend some time with your future in-laws as well. The goal of this get together is to figure out who is contributing what to the wedding and how much you have to spend. Then determine what you have to spend for each category of the wedding. It’s hard to start shopping and picking a venue until you know what you can spend. Then try your best to stick to your budget, but remember to allow for some over spending in some areas.


Once you have a budget set for the big day, you need to start venue shopping. Booking and determining a venue is the one way to solidify your date. Scope out many venues and schedule some meetings with banquet managers once you’ve determined a venue can meet your needs. Once you’ve got your venue booked, you will also have an idea of the formality of your wedding and can begin to think colors, number of guests, and booking other wedding services like photography, DJ, catering, officiant and so on. Start booking these services as soon as you can. It will feel good to get things checked off and the more you can do sooner than later, the more you will feel you’re accomplishing.


At this point, it’s also time to start my favourite part of the wedding planning (but, hey I might be a bit biased). The wedding gown shopping! Start to think about the styles that think you would like - but remember that gowns will look different on your body than they do on the model online. Allow yourself enough time to have lots of options for your big day. Wedding gowns can take up to 8 or 9 months to order in. Don’t take a lot of people with you to your appointment - your mom and one or two other friends is the best bet. You can always have your other bridesmaids come to a wedding gown reveal party after the decision has been made. You might feel like you should include everyone but remember the more people you bring, the more opinions you will have, so bring those whose opinions will actually influence your decision.


For more information about Once Upon A Time Weddings please visit www.onceuponatimeweddings.ca or call us at 519.245.7997. If you’re looking for more tips and tricks about planning your wedding visit our blog at www.onceuponatimeweddings.ca/blog or follow us on face book at www.facebook.com/BridalStrathroy.

Wedding Wednesday: Guest Advice

Planning your wedding day is a big undertaking, but, as my dad would say, it's the first day of the rest of your life!
You've invited your friends and family, they are here to surround you with love and support you on this special day as you make promises to each other for the next stage of your life together - now let them surround you in advice, stories, and support to keep your relationship strong as you move into your life together as husband and wife. Here's a few ideas on how...
1) I have to say I love, love, love these coasters! Scatter them all around your wedding reception for friends and family to fill out through the evening. The quick and easy for anyone to fill out at any point in the evening.
2) Set out a notebook somewhere convenient with a sign asking friends and family to share their stories and advice - Great reading for years to come and a little piece of your family history all in one!
3) Create your own mini notebooks for each table with questions for your guests to answer - ex. favourite place to go out for a romantic dinner, best place for a couples vacation
How do you absorb all the advice your family has to share?


London, Ontario photographer Rebecca Nash is your London wedding, portrait, and fine art Photographer serving London, Ontario and surrounding area through Rebecca Nash Photography. Rebecca Nash prides herself on being one of London's up and coming photography professionals gaining a following in London, Ontario and surrounding area. Rebecca has established herself as an artist through London area and Ontario Juried Art Shows, and her current "Windows on the War of 1812" two person gallery exhibition.