Are you ready for upcoming Bridal Shows??

I love the bridal show season! There is nothing more fun than being a part of the day’s event. Meeting interesting people, enjoying the flavor of the foods, Setting up and waiting for the flurry of brides, moms and friends to pass by the booth, talking with other vendors, etc.

If this will be your first bridal show as a bride-to-be, here are some tips:

  • Take along preprinted labels with your name, address, phone number and email address to place in the guest books of vendors, registration, prize drawing cards. It will save you an enormous amount of time.
  • Gathering all the information from a bridal show is great, but when you return home after the show, don’t toss that bag on your kitchen counter and never look through its contents again. Take time to organize the handouts into a binder or folder by category. These are local vendors who can assist you in so many phases of the wedding process.
  • Take time to browse the show; if a booth is particularly busy, don’t give up. Vendors want to meet you and learn about your wedding needs.
  • Make the most of the day. Bridal shows generally last up to 5 hours. Most bridal shows producers provide a link on their websites to identify who the vendors will be at their event. Take time prior to attending the show to identify the vendors you need to make contact with first. Some even include the show layout so you can locate vendor’s quickly. If you are in the preplanning stages of your wedding, your initial vendor booths might be jewelers, reception venues, dress, invitations, photographers, caterers, music, etc.
  • Take advantage of preregistration for your show tickets. Some bridal shows offer in advance purchase discounts for show tickets.
  • Give aways – vendors typically have little trinkets as take aways from their booths. Keep in mind that although these give aways are free, these items had to be purchased by the vendor to pass on to you. Help yourself to one of everything offered as a “please take one” item, but please, just take one!
  • Finally, in these economic times, please strongly consider making your purchases local in 2009. Supporting your local business supports your community and state. As Martha Stewart would say, “It’s a good thing.”

Occasions (www.occasionsandinvites.com) will be participating in these upcoming shows.

We look forward to meeting you at these bridal shows! You will have a busy day, but it will be great time for all of us. Enjoy!

Mary