Post # 1
It’s bridal show season, and this season is unique for me. I’m a bride, but my business is going to be in a few of them! Lol. Should be interesting!
Anyways, I love shows because I get to meet a ton of brides, and all of them are pretty excited about… well… everything!
But, I will say, OMG, as a vendor it’s so much work! Putting a booth together, hauling everything into the hotel/venue… setting up (trying not to piss off or want to shoot my Fiance :-), and making sure all your marketing materials, websites, and everything else is up to date and in their best! Ugh, I’m one week out from one, and while so excited it’s going to mean limited WB personal time for me! lol.
So, since tis the season, let’s here about your bridal show experience! I’d also love to hear if you found any vendors by attending one.
Post # 3
- Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas
I’ve been to one before, and I’m going to another tomorrow, specifically to search for a DJ! I think they’re very chaotic, but I had a blast last time…I’m super excited about the one tomorrow!
Post # 4
as i bride i learned the hard way to never give out a number you wouldnt want telemarketers to have. i got spammed for a month straight after my first one, and im still getting spammed for my second one. normally i wouldnt mind but they are using up my minutes! lol
but its a great way to see everything in one spot!
Post # 5
I never liked going to them much. It seems like they just target the brides and bombard them so much. Also, I would sign up for everything at these shows and I never once won a thing. And some people would win multiple times!
They are kind of expensive to go to too!
Post # 6
I love shows! Free give aways, drawings, fashion, samples, table scapes… man…. it’s incredible!
Personally, since until this season I’ve always just been another vendor, I’ve always loved comparing myself to the other photogs 🙂 BUT, I totally plan on running around and playing bride if I have a chance before doors open!
Tips: Pre-Print address labels that include the names of you and your Fiance, address, phone, and wedding date… as well as email. There will be lots of sign ups and give away’s… so this will keep your from writing it out 200 times!
Also, make a wedding email address. We now have a hisfirstnameMyfirstname account so we don’t have our own inboxes flooded with wedding spam.
That being said, I don’t spam people, but I def. get a lot of emails! One wedding website I kid you not has a new tip every day with the new countdown. Today, how to accessorize, you only have 319 days left! lol
At least in photography, compare all the sample albums. These albums have been through so much abuse, flipping, and hand oil than yours will ever see. Each show probably 200-1000 brides look at them. See which ones are holding up the best. Check the gutter which is the middle crease between the pages… is there any discoloration?
The vendor is about to go crazy, how do you like them? They’ll be 10 levels more collected probably on your wedding day. If they’re cool at the show you’ll be golden!
Post # 7
Aww, I don’t know how MN does things, but in VA locally, brides are ALWAYS free. Guests are usually under $10 and all the ones I’m doing proceeds go to breast cancer!
Post # 8
I made an account on evoice.com and got a virtual voicemail. When people call the number it goes to a recording and they leave a message. The system sends you an email when you get a new vm.
Post # 9
Do you really get calls? Maybe beacuase I spent time in my former life doing telemarketing I just hate it, but I don’t know ANY vendors who call a list of 200 brides. Sometimes I’ll send a thank you email for stopping by… but, really, I have better things to do than be hung up on or piss off my future clients 🙂
Post # 10
I too have only been to one as a vendor. I also never spam my brides; however, I do know a lot of others’ that do. I just think that is wrong. I always enjoy them as a vendor and I always have a lot of give aways. Brides and their families don’t have to give out any information to get them. The only time I ask for their information is if they decide to enter the drawing for the bigger give away. Then I will at least need their correct address and/or their phone number or email, so that I can send them the item(s).
I always enjoy meeting and talking with everyone who stops by my table. And if they have questions or need advice, I am happy to answer and give to them.
Setting up a separate email and preprinting address/phone informatio are both really good ideas. The evoice suggestion looks like a good one too. I have never heard of that, so I will have to check it out.
When going to a show though, be sure to visit as many relevant booths as you can and make sure to get/bring a bag to put all your info/samples in, so when you get home you can dump it all out and sort through what you want to revisit and what you just want to throw away. Then sort through it again, and then take a breath and reveiw it the following day.
Many vendors at the shows offer deeper discounts than if you would visit them in person and/or shop from their site or talk to them on the phone. If you can book appointments through the show, I suggest you do so, so that you can get the show price. It is just an appointment and you don’t have to go with them if you find out after talking to them at the appointment that they aren’t what you are looking for.
I am looking forward to going to my next show as just a bride. I can hardly wait.
Post # 11
I went to one in December with my mom and it wasnt all that, but it was fun. The problem is Im not getting married anywhere near where I live and it was just vendors from the area. I thought maybe I would get some really neat ideas, but there was just one of each type of vendor at the show because it was fairly small. I had a good time though. There was free champagne and h’ors douvres, free cookies and samples of cake, a jewelry vendor (who I think Ill look at again!) and a dress show! I found out about the salon I got my dress from so I guess that was a plus! And it was fun to spend the day with my mom