November 16, 2011

It’s that time of the year, when Bridal shows seem to occur on a weekly basis. Some expos can offer wonderfully new and creative ideas for your special day while others can be a colossal waste of time. Here are some suggestions which will help make bridal events more enjoyable and productive for you:

Once you have identified the show (or shows) you wish to attend in your area, plan to make a day of it. Since bridal shows are usually held in large conference centres, wear comfortable clothing and shoes suitable for lots and lots and lots… of walking and standing. And don’t forget to bring along your favourite snacks!

Take a friend. Your mother, maid of honor, or a bridesmaid are all good to take along as sounding boards but if you can entice your fiancé away from “the game”, there is no better choice. Don’t take your entire bridal party as the variety of opinions and suggestions may be more hassle than help.

Don’t forget to bring a notebook and pen to jot down any ideas that may be perfect for your wedding celebration. Record your notes about a particular vendor on the back of their business card or flyer.

Take your camera. If you see something you really like, most vendors will encourage you to snap a photo or two. If however, they object to you taking photos, maybe you should choose another supplier. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words.

Sign up for all the free drawings and favours…you just never know! You can opt out of receiving all vendor promotional material once you have finalized your vendor list. It will be easier and quicker if you took preprinted labels with your name and address instead of handwriting all those drawing cards.

Be cautious about buying or making final decisions at the show. Gather business cards and brochures from the vendors you like and make your decision at home, away from the excitement and fever of the show. Spend a few minutes speaking with the vendor, especially if they seem accommodating and professional, but resist the urge to “sign on the bottom line” at the show.

In the quiet of your home, with your fiancée and a glass of wine close at hand, sort through the flyers, brochures, cards, and your notes. Toss out any information you don’t need, and start comparing the services, ideas and costs of the various vendors you met.

Bridal shows are an exciting and productive part of the wedding planning process…if you’re prepared. 

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