Any Bridal Show tips?

posted 2 years ago in Logistics
Post # 2
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

MrsWatkinstobe:  Take or make return address labels for entering the contests.  It will save you a lot of writing and time.I just use the free ones I get in the mail from charities, but you can make some on the computer.

Get a separate email address to use- hotmail, gmail etc. Do not use your regular email address or you will be inundated.

Make sure your phone is charged and you have room for pics. Take pics of the items you are interetsed in with the vendor’s business card in the pic.

Post # 4
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Worker bee

Also you might want to bring a reusable shopping bag to throw pamphlets in or your arms are going to be hurting. The bridal show might offer one but I have been to some where they don’t. You never know. Good luck and have fun!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

Following! I”ll be going to my first one next weekend 🙂

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Definitely use a separate email address!  I didn’t do this for the one show I was at and it’s the worst spam you can imagine.  I’d also try not to give out any of your phone numbers if you can. I was getting a lot of annoying timeshare offer calls for a while.

+1 for return address labels and a reusable bag.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

MrsWatkinstobe:  I agree 1000000% with Julies. Any vendor is going to ask you to fill out a form, and the mailing label will save you so much time! Make sure you have your name, number, wedding date, and email address. I also suggest setting up another wedding email that is just for things like this. I attended a show in March and I still get emails almost every day from vendors. Even vendors you didn’t write your name down with will contact you. 

I would also suggest making a note on the back of business cards or pamphlets: Why did you like this person? First impression? Product they offered? I met with two rental companies and could not for the life of me remember which one had the sequined table clothes afterwards. Also, we met with a DJ (who we ended up booking) and I really liked him, but afterwards I could not remember his name and when I hunted down a list of vendors from the show and went online, I didn’t recognize his picture. 

It’s easy to get overwhelmed and lots of brides will be attending, so I would suggest drafting up a list of what is most important to you: Do you want to talk to vendors? Photographers? Caterers? And then have maybe two or three questions prepared to ask them. Don’t feel awkward about taking notes and asking lots of questions. This will be your first impression of them as vendors, so it’s important to see how they are in an environment like this. 

I also second bringing a decent sized reusable bag. I was given a skinny plastic bag for my bridal show and it was too small to hold all of the pamphlets and goods we received, and it didn’t even fit over my hand. I started feeling unorganized. Also, take pictures if you like something. Even if you don’t book through this person, it can prove to be inspiration elsewhere. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

Do any of you ladies know if venues give you some general pricing info or do they want to do a private meeting for that??

Post # 9
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Busy bee

Return labels to enter contests and sign up for things and dont enter any contracts, no matter how convincing!!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

Prepare yourself for emails, texts, calls… from blocked numbers… from people/businesses you didn’t register with.  It’s a fun time otherwise!

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