Follow these tips if you want to get the most out of your bridal show experience.
1. Pre-register for the show Save yourself some time by registering before the show. It only takes a few minutes and it will save you from having to fill out a registration form at the show. Some shows will allow you to print discounted or free tickets online if you pre-register.
2. Set up a wedding email account This will be helpful in keeping your regular email free of spam or unsolicited mail.
3. Bring supplies Bring a notebook, pens and clipboard or even a wedding planner if you have one. This will help you take notes and jot down any ideas that come to mind.
4. Bring pre-printed address labels Print labels that include full name, address, phone number, email and wedding date. This will save you a lot of time and writing when you are entering to win giveaways and raffles.
5. Arrive Early and don’t forget your checkbook Most shows will offer prizes or giveaways to the first couple hundred brides so make sure you arrive early. Many vendors will offer a “bridal show only” discount and this can help you save even more money if you are able to find your wedding vendor at the show.
6. Bring your groom It’s his day too and he could be a lot of help in planning. If you find your perfect wedding vendor then you will most likely want his opinion before making arrangements. (Drive separately if you don’t think he would want to stay for the entire show or the fashion show portion.)
7. Wear comfortable shoes You will be on your feet for a few hours, so it will definitely be worth it to wear comfortable shoes. Also, leave your coat in the car so you don’t have to carry it around with you all day.
8. Bring your color swatches or pictures This will make it much easier to match linens, flowers, dress and cake and other wedding items to your color scheme.
9. Make a day of it You should plan on being at the show for several hours. Keep in mind that drawings and prize giveaways are typically made near the end of the show and you must be present to win. This will allow you to visit all the vendors and find everything you need for your big day!
10. HAVE FUN!