Post # 1
Basically what the title of the thread says; I am going to my first wedding show (squee!) next Friday, and I’m wondering if any show/expo veterans have any nuggets of advice for me. For logistical reasons, I have a crazy-long engagement (fall 2013), so I’m not under the gun or looking for anything in particular yet; I just have a friend who’s going and am looking to get my feet wet.
Thanks in advance, bees!
Post # 3
I’ve been to about a dozen wedding shows (actually went to one today). Since your wedding is so far off, you’re basically only going to be able to get ideas. Chances are they won’t even give you any quotes since most vendors change their rates with the current economy. The best thing you can do is judge the vendors professionalism and note who you may or may not want to go with when it gets closer to your big day.
Post # 4
Have an idea of what you’re going to look for info on – long engagement means there are lots of other wedding shows for you to go to and get more info on for other vendors. Also beware – the vendors can be like leeches and will be in your face a lot.
Post # 5
almost all vendors have contests and giveaways, and you may want some to contact you. So take a sheet of labels with your name address e=mai, phone #l and wedding date. It will save you time.
Post # 6
Take as much free stuff as you want. Besides some free cake, I’ve scored some pretty cool things at wedding shows. 🙂
Post # 7
Thanks, ladies! I am really excited. 🙂
Post # 8
Wear comfy shoes – also create another email address JUST for wedding stuff. You will be spammed with emails after the show.
Post # 9
Give out a fake phone number and a special ‘wedding’ email so you don’t get spammy calls for the next few months and don’t have your email box filled up with junk.
Post # 10
@MrsSaltWaterTaffy: I SECOND THIS! I made the mistake of giving real information and am still dealing with the CONSTANT spam
Post # 11
yes you should definitely set up a fake email account. and print out labels with your address, wedding date, email and phone number on them. then you don’t have to fill out the contest forms at every vendor. just stick the labels on and go to the next booth!
Post # 12
Yep, I second the “wedding only” email. I still check mine once a month or so just in case something actually important comes in, and it’s always FULL of wedding spam.
Post # 13
I third or fourth all of the above. Create a wedding email and also print labels with your information so you don’t have to write out everything constantly.