Blog – Bridal Show Survival Guide.
Our staff at Once Upon A Time Weddings have been busy preparing for two big bridal shows this weekend. On Saturday we’ll be at the Big Brothers, Big Sisters Bridal Show at the John Bradley Convention Centre in Chatham. We’ll also been at the London Convention Centre Bridal Show both Saturday and Sunday. If you’re heading to either of these shows or any bridal shows in the future we wanted to share with some of you some of our tricks to help you have a successful bridal show.
Print off address labels with your name, fiance’s name, wedding date, email, phone number and address. This will save you time filling out ballots and entering draws.
Bring an extra tote bag or a big purse with you. Most shows will hand out a bag to you, but bringing along a second one will allow you to stick vendor information that you’re really interested in inside of one bag so that you don’t have to sort this a massive amount of information to find that small business card of the florist you loved.
Bring a couple people with you. It’s great to have someone there to carry your stuff. Just kidding. It’s great to have someone else to bounce ideas around with and help you remember who you talked to and who you want to follow up with after the show.
Pick a few areas of your wedding planning that you really want to knock off you’re to do list while at the show. Focus in on these areas while at the show.
Wear comfortable shoes as it’s a long period of time on your feet.
If you’ve already chosen colors bring along your swatches. There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to match something while trying to remember a color. If you haven’t already discovered, you’ll soon know that there are about 30 different shades of each color!
Bring along your day planner or appointment book. Some vendors will give you an incentive to book an appointment or consultation with them at the show.
Be realistic about your budget as you browse. Sometimes we see elaborate backdrops or centrepieces but we don’t think about how it will fit into your overall budget or theme of your wedding day. While there’s nothing wrong with admiring the workmanship of these vendors, be careful not to go overboard this early in the game!
Have fun! Eat some cake, sip some wine and enjoy all the pretty, pretty things.