Bridal Show Tips for the Brides | Southern California
Today I’ll be included some bridal show tips for engaged couples and brides on how to navigate and survive bridal shows, bridal fairs, and wedding expo’s.
Bridal Show Tips for the Brides
I’ve done the whole bridal show experience, not only as a wedding vendor but also as a bride myself. I know for a fact how overwhelming it can get for a newly engaged couple who’s starting to plan their wedding! You’re presented with endless options of wedding vendors to choose from and you have no idea where to start first.
I wrote this blog post just for YOU today to help you survive a bridal show and how to make it a great experience! When you’re finished reading through it, be sure to share it with someone else who could benefit from it!!!
Here’s some bridal show tips to help you survive a bridal show and to make it a great experience for you:
Bridal Show Tips #1
- Have a custom stamp made with both of your names, the wedding date, email address, cell phone number, and address on it to bring with to the bridal show.
When I was a bride back in 2010 I went to several bridal shows and I wish I would’ve known this tip before I went.
A majority of the vendors will have a sign up sheet or sign up forms for you to fill out with your info for drawings, giveaways, contests, or to be able to contact you after the show to chat since there’s not much time at the show to do so.
I don’t know how many of those forms I filled out before my hand about fell off from writing so much!
Having a stamp with all the info would’ve saved SO MUCH TIME too! When you’re at a bridal show you don’t have much time to stop and chat with each vendor before you have to move on to the next one.
Bridal Show Tips #2
- Bring your mom, sister, maid of honor, or bridesmaid with you to the show to help you with decisions, choosing styles, gathering information, and to support you during the show.
Having someone there to share the experience with makes it less overwhelming and keeps it fun! Some brides even bring their fiancé with, but not all guys will want to be in a giant room full of 95% women and a whole lot of booths to stop at.
Bridal Show Tips #3
- Only stop at the vendors that you’re actually interested in.
During the show the wedding vendors will ask you to chat with them so they can get to know you, see if they’re open for your wedding date, and if they’re able to help you with your wedding planning.
My advice would be to look at each booth, decide if you like their style, and if you do then stay and chat with them.
You don’t want to waste precious time talking to a wedding vendor that you may already have booked or that you’re not even interested in. Don’t feel bad about it either, not everyone will be the right fit for you.
Bridal Show Tips #4
- Bring a list of wedding vendors that you need to look for and the styles your looking for to the bridal show so you can refer back to that list throughout the show.
This will help keep you organized and help you remember everyone that you need to talk to. Like I said, it’s overwhelming and it’s very easy to forget the list of things that you went there to find when you’re in the busyness of it all.
Bridal Show Tips #5
- Only pick up the info from vendors that you NEED.
This is a huge part too. Too often do I see brides walking around picking up every piece of info they can possibly get their hands on.
Yes I understand that you want to know all of your options, but only grab the info that you NEED because when you get home to try to sort through it all, that overwhelming feeling of not knowing where to start will hit you then too.
Bridal Show Tips #6
- Take notes of each vendor you talked to and mark down which ones you really liked and had a good connection with.
With so many wedding vendors at a bridal show you’re likely to see anywhere from 30-100 people in one day and that’s a LOT of people to try to remember all of the conversations you’ve had.
Take notes of each vendor that you stop at that you like and make a good connection with. These are the vendors that you want to remember and will more than likely want to work with on your wedding day.
Bridal Show Tips #7
- Come on a half empty stomach.
Trust me, there will be food there. Cake samples from the wedding bakeries or food samples from the wedding caterers. There’s plenty of food at bridal shows to fill you up and you want to be sure to try it all when you can so you know if you want to move forward with working with them or skip them all together.
Bridal Show Tips #8
- Take breaks throughout the show so you can breath and let it all absorb.
Taking breaks is a good thing. It allows you to sit down and rest for a tiny bit while you let all the information absorb in.
Bridal Show Tips #9
- Make it fun and stop at the photo booths for funny pics together with your ladies or your fiancé!
Most of the time wedding photo booth companies will have their photo booths set up for brides to try out before thinking about booking with them!
Take advantage of this and get some fun pics together!!! Don’t be shy and don’t be afraid to make those crazy fun faces you know you love to make in a photo booth! It’s ok, let loose and laugh a little!
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