Planning on going to a bridal show? Great! Bridal shows are a very helpful tool in planning your wedding. They are packed with vendors and experts that can truly help you with their services and creative ideas. But they can also be a little overwhelming, so here are a few tips on how to get the most out of this experience.
First and foremost, you need to prioritize what you are looking for and what you need. Generally at any bridal show, they will provide you with a list of vendors and a map of the room. If you are still looking for a ceremony or reception venue, you may want to hit these tables first. If you have some reception locations in mind and they have a table at the show, go and talk with them first. Typically each reception site has their manager/catering director/wedding coordinator at the table, so they can answer all of your questions and set up a time with you to come out and take a tour of their location.
If you still need to book your photographer, dj or florist, you will want to talk with them next. They can show you a sampling of what they have done for past weddings and also set up a time for you to discuss your needs and wants in further detail.
You will also need to bring some things with you to these bridal shows. Make sure you have a date book or your wedding planner on you. This will be vital for booking appointments with vendors. Another good idea would be to bring material swatches of your wedding colors (if you have them) with you. This could help when talking to florists, wedding gown shops and other professionals.
Don’t go alone to these shows. See if you can get your fiance to go and if not, maybe a helpful friend or family member that can be there to give you a second opinion. It will truly help in making those tough decisions much easier. And last but not least, wear comfortable walking shoes! A bridal show is a full afternoon, sometimes a full day event. Be comfortable, hit up those booths and have a great time!