Authored by: Jim Emerson
September 5, 2018

Have you ever received a blast email about an upcoming bridal show in your area and wondered if it’s worth the time, money and energy to go? After all, your wedding is still a year away and you fear being attacked by pushy salespeople and over-whelmed by the amount of available information. On the other hand, you haven’t done this before and need some help in planning “THE DAY” you have dreamed of for years. So, here are a few reasons why you should go to a bridal show:

Information. Suggestions. Recommendations.
There are many factors to consider when planning your wedding. Even though you have some ideas, the professionals you meet face-to-face at a bridal show will be able to answer any questions you may have. So, it’s a good idea to speak with as many exhibitors as you can. Ask about their background, experience, services, and aspects of your wedding that are an absolute must have. You’ll get immediate feedback and some suggestions that might confirm that the person you are speaking with is the perfect vendor for your wedding.

Inspiration. Trends.
Although Pinterest, Instagram, Google and innumerable wedding blogs and websites have made it easier to learn about the latest trends and fashions, nothing compares to seeing and feeling the real thing – “up close and personal”. The best vendors, based on online reviews, are typically up-to-date with the ever-changing trends in the wedding world and will happily share what they have seen and experienced.

Prizes. Discounts. Free stuff.
Most bridal shows have some type of gift for those who register early and door prizes for all things wedding related.  Many wedding vendors also offer some form of show promotion which might include a reduction in their fee, an upgrade to their standard package and even honeymoon discounts, if their service is booked by a certain date. So, if you’re not sure, it never hurts to ask if the vendor is running a show special. We guarantee that there will be some specials that are far too good to pass up.

Camaraderie. Second Opinions.
There’s no two ways about it – wedding planning can be stressful.So, enjoy an afternoon at a bridal show with loved onesby bringing along your wedding party, mom and mother-in-law.

Having more than one person with you, especially someone whose opinion you value and trust,will keep you from making rash decisions, help you gather info, and help you carry the magazines, brochures and other goodies the exhibitors have for you. The more decisions you can make at the show however, the more items you can check off your planning list.

Attending a major bridal show can a great experience, extremely informative and a lot of fun. That said, it requires preparation, nerves of steel, the patience of a saint, and extra strong coffee. But if you’re hoping to make a personal connection with your vendors, and be more efficient in your planning efforts, you should attend a bridal show in your area. You won’t be disappointed you did

About the Author: Jim Emerson

Jim has helped over 1,100 couples reduce the stress of creating their personal and unique wedding ceremony. He is a husband, father, friend, author, triathlete, handyman, teacher and passionate about his family and work. Jim can help you imagine, create and celebrate your dream wedding ceremony. Contact him today, he’d love to hear from you.