Today I did my annual cruise through the Washington Bridal Showcase to see what new and great vendors that are out there and to scope out what other vendors are up to. Bridal shows get a really bad rap in the industry and also with brides as they are overwhelming and have a cattle-like mentality. I wanted to share a few tips with couples to help and get the most out of a show and hopefully not walk away feeling daunted or even more overwhelmed.
(a little side note- Bridal Shows are not for everyone.. but can be a good resource if used correctly.)
1. When you go, make sure to take something to write with and really only take notes if you really LOVE something you see. Dont feel that you have to take information from every single vendor- just take info from those you genuinely have interest in. If you take everything from everyone, you will get home and be overwhelmed and not remember those that you actually loved.
2. Really pay attention to the details. If a vendor doesn’t bother with their booth, they are sitting down on their phone- they are not committed to the process. You want a vendor that is engaged with you and WANTS your business. When picking vendors it’s like being in a relationship and you should both want to be a part of this new relationship.
3. Try the samples- This is a great way to try out caterers and cake samples. Dont just look at the presentation, make sure to really think about how the food tastes. If they don’t have food that you like eating here- then most likely the food at your wedding wouldn’t be any better.
4. Go early as the show is less busy and vendors are not worn down from the day. If you start to feel overwhelmed take a break and then come back where you left off.
5. yes- they give your information to the vendors when you sign up to go in. These vendors pay THOUSANDS of dollars to participate in bridal shows and having your information is a great way to keep in touch and making their investment count. Dont take it personal if they mail you flyers or things later. This can be used to your benefit to great deals and coupons for your future planning. So moral of this line? Dont give a fake email- you never know what awesome gift might come your way post show.
6. Finally- trust your instincts. If you think it looks tacky, weird, or not your personal style then don’t mess with it. Your wedding is a reflection of YOU and not what the wedding industry says it should be. Look for vendors you know you need and dwindle down from there- dont over do it and jump all over fads if it doesn’t match your individual style.
Hope this article helps couples navigate through the mazes at the bridal shows, and remember just breath… its supposed to be fun!
Merry Christmas from our home to yours! We are taking off the week to spend time with family and friends since its Jacksons first Christmas! Much love and Happy Holidays.