Thursday, January 11, 2018

Bridal Fairs: Be Prepared

You are engaged! Congratulations! It is time to start planning your wedding. But where should you start?

Bridal Fairs are a great way to visit a lot of vendors at one time, see a variety of dresses and tablescapes, sample cake and other tasty treats, and see a lot of items that you may not have otherwise thought of for your big day. In order to get the most out of a bridal fair, you should be prepared. Below are a few of my suggestions to help you make the most of your experience.

  • ·     Make a checklist of required services and items. If you are newly engaged and don’t know where to start, there are a variety of checklists available online. A wedding planner is always a good idea too!
  • ·     Know your budget. Several vendors will be offering discounts if you purchase of book at the show. You will also want to bring various forms of payment for this reason.
  • ·     Pre-register. This will save you a lot of time at the door.
  • ·     Plan to spend several hours at the fair. You will have a lot to look at and you do not want to miss anything.
  • ·     Dress comfortably and wear comfortable shoes. You will be on your feet for a very long time.
  • ·     Bring color swatches. If you have already selected your colors, bring a swatch along with you to help you determine dresses, accessories, linens, etc.
  • ·     Eat a small meal before you attend. There will be a lot for you to sample, but I still recommend having a small meal prior to attending to give you the energy you will need.
  • ·    Bring your partner or a friend. This one is tricky. While I do recommend bringing someone along to bounce your ideas off of and to help you select items, I do suggest you limit your guests as too many opinions is not helpful. I would also encourage you to find a babysitter for your little one as there is a lot of walking, a lot of people and they will get bored.
  • ·     Bring a calendar. You may want to schedule a consultation with some of the vendors, especially as some offer discounts if you make an appointment at the fair.
  • ·     Bring mailing labels. There will be several opportunities to register for prizes. Go ahead and print some labels with your name, address, phone number and email to save you time at the booths.

Following the bridal show, when you’ve had a chance to rest and come down from all the sugary treats you sampled, sort through all the information you gathered and pull out the vendors and ideas that left an impression with you. You should now have a good idea of where to get all of your wedding needs, and maybe some extras. 

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