Attending a Wedding Show

Wedding shows can be one of the biggest resources to you during your wedding planning experience. If you know how to navigate the waters efficiently, they can turn a random Saturday afternoon into a productive wedding planning day. Don’t let those few hours slip by and be a waste of your parking ramp fees – use wedding shows to your advantage!

(image from The Expo Pros)

Top Three Things to Remember…

  1. Be Prepared.
    Have in your head (or even better – on a list!) what vendors you want to look for/talk to, what questions you have and what you’re looking to accomplish during the show.A wedding show can get overwhelming with all of the vendors there, all the things to look at, taste, etc. Make sure you have an agenda in mind so you can make the best use or your time – as well as the vendors who are there to work. Most shows have a website where you can check out which vendors are going to be there. Note those that you’re interested in in advance so you’re fully prepared for the room in front of you.

    A great tip to take advantage of is pre-printing some mail labels with your name, address, phone number, email and wedding date/location. These will come in handy in a super way when you want to give your name to vendors that you’re interested in as well as when you want to put your name in every drawing that vendors have at their booths. This way, you won’t waste time filling out entry form after entry form instead of just slapping the label on the piece of paper.

  2. Utilize your resources.
    Vendors participate in wedding shows in order to get business, obviously. And the primary reason for brides to attend is to connect with vendors in a sort of “speed dating” fashion in order to maybe book a few for their own wedding. However, if youw ant to really utilize the resource of a wedding show – look deeper than just vendors who you want to book.Vendors typically will have pictures of weddings they’ve worked in the past at their booth, or little vingettes of ideas for their service. Learn to look beyond the vendor and their direct service to glean ideas, inspiration and advice from their displays, pictures and comments to you. Go ahead and even ask questions – use the vendors as a resource and if you like them, contact them after and even book them! They want to help and gain your trust – whether for your wedding or for your referrals.
  3. Be the Client.
    Vendors are at theses shows to gain business. Period. Let them take the lead when it comes to following up after the show. Sure, give them your information – but then wait for them to get to you about following through. It takes the pressure off of you and lets them take the reigns. Don’t feel like you have to book aevery vendor you speak with – let them come after you.

Definitely go to a wedding show or two during your engagement – you never know what you can find there. Take a girlfriend or bridesmaid, have fun and enjoy the process!

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