Repost from Charlotte Bridal Show
If you have never been to a bridal show before, they can be a bit overwhelming. But with just a bit of planning, bridal shows are the single most effective way to compare vendors and gather HUGE amounts of information about your wedding in one place. Here are some tips to making the most of your visit to the bridal show:
• Check to see if you can register for the show in advance. You may be able to get discounted admission and it will save you time on show day.
• Wear comfortable shoes. Bridal shows are extensive. You will be on your feet walking for hours. Make sure your feet feel good or you will be miserable.
• Setup a special wedding email account. Once you register at all the vendor booths at the show, those vendors will send you lots of information. If you want to avoid clogging up your work email with wedding information, you should make an email account specifically for the wedding. This will also help you keep all your information organized.
• Bring labels with your name, address, phone number, email address and wedding date. You will be asked for this information over and over again. Having those labels will save you time and wear and tear on your hands!
• Do not allow yourself to be pressured. Go to a show with the mindset of meeting many wonderful wedding vendors. Don’t feel like you have to sign any contracts or accept any offers on the day of the show.
• Bring a big shoulder bag for collecting information. You are going to get a lot of literature at the show. The shoulder bag will be much more comfortable than the plastic bag most shows provide… and its better for the environment!
• Follow up with vendors you like quickly. Remember, good vendors book up fast and your show-favorite could book up if you don’t act. If you find a vendor you like, make sure he knows it and get a contract going.
Bring your fiance, parents, and/or bridesmaids. They can help you cover twice the ground and offer opinions about the choices of wedding merchants.
Spend at least two hours so you can visit all the wedding merchants and see at least one fashion show. Nowhere else can you get so much done in a short period of time.
Bring pre-printed address labels. Many vendors hold drawings for trips, prizes, and discounts: your labels save you from repeatedly your name and address.
Bring your checkbook if you might want to book services or hold dates with a deposit. The top photographers, caterers, florists, and DJs book up quickly.
Bring your calendar. You will probably find vendors with whom you would like to schedule a one-on-one consultation.
Arrive with a plan. Know what you are looking for and have questions in mind. You will save time and you will see everything that's important to you.
Wear comfortable shoes. You will stroll many aisles as you seek out the ideas, people, products and services you'll soon need.
When you register at the door print neatly. Prize winners are often chosen at random from the registration form: make sure your vital information is legible.
If you are out of town... send mom or a trusted friend to collect information on services you need and register you for prizes.
Ask questions! The vendors are there to help you. You are under no pressure to buy from them, so find out everything you need to know.