Bridal Show

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
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249 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@scbride2015:  Congrats on the big day! I have been to 2 bridal shows and I have learned something each time. Here are some tips based on my experiences:

– Unless you want a million emails from all kinds of vendors, dont sign up for the mailing list. For me, this created headaches to see my inboxed spammed with vendors I wasnt interested in. However, this could be useful to you if you are starting from scratch because they often include discounts and deals.

– Wear a side bag! You are going to be given lots of bags and magazines and its going to get heavy! Holding onto a purse will only add to your frustration when walking in the big groups.

– Dont bring a big group with you. Everyone will try and add their two sense on everything. Keep it minimal. It is YOUR day! Besides, these bridal shows get super crazy and walking around in a big group might be frustrating.

– I like to view the list of vendors before I go and see who I want to check out. If you have a specific vendor in mind for photography, make sure you make an effort to go visit their booth and get a better feel of them 

– Stick around for the fashion show. It will give you a chance to catch a breath and you can get wonderful ideas for hair, makeup, dresses, groomsmen attire, ect. They often try to add some comedic relief too.

– The earlier you get there, the better! If you want to get a chance to talk to some vendors, this is a good time to do so. 

 

Thats all I can think of for now. Enjoy your planning!

Post # 5
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249 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@scbride2015:  Not a problem! If you already have an idea of who you want to use for photography, flowers, ect, I’d go onto their websites and see if they have pricing. Get an idea of what they charge normally and what kind of “Bridal Show Special” you can get, just to make sure you’re getting a good deal. 

I’m going to the Bridal Show in Toronto next week even though I only need my cake. I know first hand that the cake I want is $900 but I’m hoping to get a deal. Bakeries usually offer 20-30% off your order if you book them for your wedding at the Bridal Show. Usually you can work out a deal with them too.

My advice for your wedding planning: Be organized. It makes life SOOOOO easy! During this whole wedding planning business I have had very minimal stress (maybe a 3 on a scale of 1-10) and that was because I couldnt decide on what kind of centerpieces to have lol

Knowing what you want will help you when you go to the Bridal Show, and during the rest of your wedding planning. Enjoy every second of it! After my fun experience with my wedding, I might take a couple classes and do this professionally 🙂

Post # 6
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249 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@scbride2015:  Oh! And another thing! Be wary of vendors who offer scratch cards or have a wheel you spin and you “win” a free ______. This often isnt the case. I “won” free videography but then when I met up with the guy, he said that I had to purchase a package minimum of $4000 to get the videography for free. If it sounds too good to be true… it often is.

Post # 7
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539 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Create a dummy email to use for wedding stuff. Then all the junk emails won’t clog your regular account, and after the wedding you can discard it.

 

Print your contact information on mailing labels. All of the vendors will have drawings, and you can just pull off a sticker & slap it on instead of writing the same information over & over. Most of the drawings want your name, address, phone, email & wedding date.

 

Bring a binder with your plans (if you have any set in stone ideas). Last one I went to I took inspiration pics of decor, a stock photo of my dress, and color swatches. Then when they asked me questions, instead of trying to describe my dress I said “this is what it looks like”.

 

After talking to a vendor, write a few notes on the back of their business card. By the end of the day you’re going to forget that you liked Sweeties Cakes and Sugar Inc’s frosting tasted horrible. Or ImADiva had a great photo portfolio, or AwesomeDJ was very friendly and personable.

 

If you’re ready to schedule visits or planning meetings, take a small calendar. That way you can write it down in one place and not worry about double booking yourself.

Post # 8
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720 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@scbride2015:  Some of these posts were long and too tired to read them all today so some might be a repeat

– Enter all contests /draws (never know what you can win) Print off labels with you name, address, phone number and e-mail so as you are going along, you just peel them off and stick them to the draws. Saves your hand from writing stuff out!

– Make a fake e-mail to give out at the shows to avoid junk mail in your e-mail that you use daily

–  There is so much stuff to see, try to focus on what you wanna look at so check out the vendors and make sure

– Dress in nice clothes if you want vendors to talk to you- My fiance and I went to one in January wearing jeans and hoodie sweaters (we had other plans that day involving being outside) and people looked at us like we didn’t have money to be spending on a wedding

– Try cake samples/pastries etc if available

– Make sure to get any kind of discount cards offered by vendors…they usually give good discounts on decor

– Have fun! 

 

Post # 9
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4890 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@scbride2015:  Congrats! As a wedding photographer, here is some of my best advice:

– It’s okay to create a wedding specific email, BUT, *don’t forget to check it regularly*. Way too often brides put down their dummy account, and then forget to check it. 

– Research who is going to be exibiting at the show. Check out their website, and jot down people you want to make sure to check out. 

– Pre-print address labels with your info for giveaways. Make sure to include your Name, Phone Number, Email, Wedding Date, and Venue (if you have it). I also ask my brides for their hometown, because I live in a resort area so I’m curious to see where or brides are coming from.

– If you don’t bring lables, WRITE CLEARLY. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had brides win my drawing and I can’t read their card. Emails bounce back, phone numbers are wrong, and they missed out.

– Come prepared to book vendors if possible. This is where researching those you like ahead of time comes in handy. Most of us tend to offer show specials. Incentives (like discounts or add-ons) for those who sign a contract and pay a deposit at the show. You can get some really great deals this way. 

– Ask questions, and take notes. Don’t be afraid to engage in converstaion with a vendor you like. We encourage it, and that’s what we’re here for. 

– If you’re planning over 12 months out, don’t be offended if a vendor won’t book you yet. Many vendors won’t book a client that far out. 

 

Not all giveaways are scams, but they are a way for vendors to gather info for potential clients. Each bridal show is different and will vary. The one I participate in is very specialized for my area and is much differnet than many where just anyone can set up a booth. 

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