Bridal expos are an amazing way to collect information, see awesome new trends and meet vendors face to face. But they can also be a little overwhelming, especially if you are at the beginning of your wedding planning process. So here are a few tips from us on how to successfully enjoy a Bridal Expo…
1. Decide who will attend with you. Will this be a fun girls day out or would you prefer that it just be you and your Mother or possibly even your fiance. Take someone with you who knows what you are looking for and that you value their opinion.
2. Go with a plan. Make a list of the vendors that you are looking for, that way you will not need to stop at every booth. If you already have your dress picked out then you can go right past the bridal boutique and onto the cake samples!
3. Bring pre-made labels that have the following information: Your name, grooms name, wedding date, email address, mailing address and contact number. This will save you a lot of time when you are signing up to win free stuff!
4. Take advantage of any show specials that vendors may be offering. Often times you can save big just by setting up an appointment to chat further with a vendor or in some cases you may have to make a small deposit to secure your date. But either way, it is worth it.
5. Take notes! You will meet numerous vendors of the same type and it can be very overwhelming. Take notes on the back of their business cards so you can remember who was who, what you liked, their availability etc.
6. Take a bag! Most of the time you are given a bag upon check-in for all of the goodies you will pick up, but one may not be enough!
7. Check the Bridal Expo website for their schedule of activities. Most expos have a runway show, but often times there are fun things such as a DIY flower demonstration, dance lessons etc, that you don’t want to miss out on.
8. Giveaways. Ask when you register if you have to be present to win. This could factor into what time you arrive. It is also best and just courteous to not sign up to win something that you don’t need or want.