I’ve attended tons of bridal shows as a guest/with a a friend. But yesterday, was my first bridal show as an actual business..the experience was definitely one that goes down in the books as AWESOME! As a small business owner of a travel business that specializes in honeymoons and destination weddings it was very important for me to make the most of my time speaking with potential clients. I wondered though how brides felt coming into the showroom. It can be very overwhelming! But, if done right it can also be a very great experience where you can meet and develop relationships with your possible wedding vendors. So, I’ve compiled a list of tips for making the most of your time at a bridal show.
*Wear comfortable shoes: You’ll be walking up and down aisles meeting & greeting with people.
*Allot at least 2-4 hours: Hence why you need comfortable shoes! Most shows are typically 5 hours and while you don’t have to stay the whole time you want to get the most of the experience. Also depending on the size of the show there are typically 2 fashion shows..and you at least want to catch one of them.
*Research the vendors who are participating in the show: This will help you a) Decide which bridal show(s) you want to attend and b) provide you with a plan once you get there. There may be a specific photographer or planner you want to chat with when you get there.
*Bring people with you: Bring your mom, bridal party and even your fiancé along. And yes I saw plenty of brides there along with their fiancé. Some shows even cater to the groom to be, and have a groom’s corner.
*Ask questions: The vendors are there to help you! It’s a good thing to even talk to some vendors you might not think you need. During the planning process you might discover that you need it after-all.
*Set appointments: Be sure to bring your calendar or use the one on your phone. It can be busy and hectic and some vendors might have a line. So if you want one on one time most vendors have their calendar ready to set that up for you.
*Register online: Most shows offer discounted prices ahead of the show and you can even win prizes or gift bags by registering early.
*Have fun! I know it can be alot. It was a lot for me on the other side. But be sure to have fun..talk to vendors, sample food, browse brochures, get free samples and definitely take in the wedding fashion!
Have you attended a bridal show yet? What would you add to the list?