Post # 1
Sooooo… I am going to my first bridal show ever tonight with my Maid/Matron of Honor. And of course, I am excited! But I have absolutely no idea what to expect, so I’d love pointers from ladies who have been to them before. What was helpful? What was fun? Anything to avoid?
We have a secured date and venue (that includes food and drink) for next fall, if that helps 🙂
Post # 3
I just went to one on Saturday. There are tons of awesome vendors, they will give you coupons and discounts to book with them. There was a fashion show that showed wedding dresses, flower girls, bridesmaids etc. We had a lot of fun and I got a ton of information!
Post # 4
Bring address labels with you with your name, wedding date, email and address. I don’t know if it’s the same where you are, but over here you write down your info many many times lol. Go and have fun, you will get coupons, free stuff (I get all my magazines for free at the shows), free cake pieces.
Post # 5
- Wedding: September 2011 - Clark Gardens
Open up a new email account for wedding stuff. Otherwise your currently used email will be flooded and jammed with all kinds of wedding-related contact from now until you decide to move on to a new email address.
Post # 6
@couawilou: Man, if I had known that ahead of time, I totally would! Next show, for sure 🙂
@MrsWilson2012: I’m glad you had a great time – I hope this one is just as cool 🙂
@highwire: That is a very good idea! I’m on it 🙂
Post # 7
My favorite part is the CAKE!! Don’t eat dinner/lunch before you go, save room for the CAKE!!!
Post # 8
First, create a wedding email address, so that all email and wedding related stuff goes there, and doesn’t go into your regular email-you will thank me for this later!
Then I would advise to print up some stick on address labels, that also have your new email address on them. Most all of the vendors will have drawings, or sign ups for info or whatever, and instead of having to stand there and fill out your info a hundred times, you can just stick your little label on and be on your way.
I would still advise you to bring a pen, though. When businesses hand you their card or brochure, you may want to jot down a little note to remind yourself who they were. I had more than a dozen cards from different DJs and on back of one I wrote ‘red haired guy, big smile” on another “super-experienced MC, +light show” this helped me to remember who was who when I talked to them, and had the time to actually go on their websites and really research what they had to offer.
my last bit of advise is to wear comfortable shoes, and IF your fiance is not into all this, leave him at home and take your Maid/Matron of Honor or your mom or sister. My guy was ok for a while, but an hour in, it was like dragging a whiney 2 year old around. Luckilly the expo had a “Man Zone” where they had a couple of big screen tvs and xbox games and sports going on, and he was happy as a clam when I told him to just go there and wait for me.
Post # 9
@SandyThePoet: Manzone- I love it lol. Just like IKEA where they have video games and a ball pit =D
Post # 10
@danicalifornia: Our office is having cupcakes this afternoon, and between that and the wedding cake, I am going to be on the world’s biggest sugar rush lol.
@SandyThePoet: I already made an email address on @highwire:‘s advice 🙂 The notes on the back of the business cards is a great idea too!
Wonderful tips ladies – keep em coming 🙂
Post # 11
FH and I went to a Bridal show last Friday. Honestly, neither of us were impressed.
Most of the ideas seemed pretty stodgy, and the vendors agressive.
FH had fun eating samples, we had some good laughs at some of the awful decor samples, and told all the photographers and DJs that we already have vendors booked; but overall it was really too commercial for me.
Not to rain on your parade; everyone is different, but I’m glad I did it on a whim with cheap tickets and could enjoy it for a laugh, and not take it too seriously.
Post # 12
@SandyThePoet: I like your post!
Should the labels just have name/email address/date? no mailing address?
Post # 13
Make 2 sets of labels!
One with your phone number and a different everyday email on it
and one with the new email for wedding excess only.
This way vendors you like get the “real” ones, and vendors you don’t like get the “junk” one. This way only people you want to talk to get your phone number. Trust me, about the 10th time china/pot companys tell you that you have won free toasting flutes, a vacation, and some other junk for coming and watching your presentation…you will wish you had. (and they WILL call EVERY time they are in TOWN.)
Also take a bag that you are comfortable carrying when its heavy. The bags that you will get there are not as great, (I also recommend having 2 bags. 1 for vendors you like, 1 for vendors you didn’t then you can throw the ones you don’t want away.)
Post # 14
BE VERY CAREFUL about signing up for random drawings. If you don’t mildly recognize the company, I’d steer clear. Seems I signed up at two different places that said it was for a drawing for a vacation getaway or something. I get calls ALL THE TIME from them and had to ask to be taken off their calling list. Turns out, the SAME company had two different booths under different names, so I would get the call/message TWICE from them…sooo annoying.
That’s my only advice. Otherwise they’re awesome! And yes you should have a mailing labels with your name and address and phone.
Post # 15
@Ivorybuttons: Yeah, I got free tickets, and I am going with my best friend – we are good at finding the humor in things 🙂
@dallasbride2012: That is smart – I will def do that for the next one!
@Wannabe-diy-bride: Good point! I’ll watch out