for bridal shows! This is the time that wedding industry vendors gather and display their best offerings to brides at trade shows. January always has the bulk of the shows because of the engagements that happen over the holidays.
I had a good time at the WeddingsofGeorgia.com’s show in Columbus, Ga. on Sunday. I met a lot of great brides and got to see many of my vendor friends. It also got me thinking about the process of bridal shows. I know what it is like for me as a vendor. But, I haven’t thought much about what it is like for the bride. So, I have come up with my do’s and don’ts for anyone who is trying to wade through the mass of information that they get from attending a bridal show.
1. Prepare yourself. Every vendor that you come in contact with will have questions for you about your plans thus far. I’m not saying that you need to have everything figured out before you go. That’s part of the point of going to a bridal show. But, if you don’t have any ideas what so ever, the amount of information that is thrown your way at a show will just overwhelm you even more.
2. Take your time. There will be a lot of vendors there. You don’t need to talk to each and every one of them. But, do yourself a favor and give the vendors the courtesy of your time. It will help you out as you go back through your info after the show.
3. Take someone with you. They might see something that you missed. It’s always good to have a second opinion of what you see that day.
4. Show the vendors some courtesy. Not that you wouldn’t, but just realize that it does cost us a good bit to have things prepared to give out to a lot of people. If you take a group of people with you, not every one in your posse needs something from the vendors. One sample, card, brochure, etc. will be plenty.
1. Sign any contracts or write any checks at a show. This is not the place to actually book your vendors. Make an appointment with the vendors that you like. Or, ask for a copy of their contract that you can look over and review before you meet with them again. A bridal show is high energy and if you are signing contracts in that frame of mind, you might sign up for more than you realize or need.
2. Be afraid to actually talk to the vendors and ask some questions. We love to get engaged with the attendees! That’s what we’ve come for!
3. Leave before the end of the show. Make sure you stay until all the giveaways are done. You never know what you might win. Some vendors donate awesome prizes at these shows. You may be surprised!