We’re gearing up for 2 bridal shows here over the next several weeks. There is a lot to prepare, and a lot to be prepared for. We’ve been thinking outside of the box a little bit with a few things to display, and how to display them! It’s frazzling but fun!
With the thought in mind of what we should expect, I thought that it would be good to write about what you should expect at a bridal show.
- What to wear? Comfortable shoes! You’ll be doing a lot of walking and standing. Depending on the venue and time of year; it may either be too hot or too cold. Dress in layers.
- Idea book &/or Camera. Bring something along to write ideas down in. You’ll be overwhelmed with information while you are there. If able, snap a few photos. This way, you’ll be able to see it again. Plus, the book is helpful if you will be scheduling any appointments.
- Bring someone with you. Having someone, your mom, sister, maid-of-honor, etc… with you is a great way to bounce ideas off of or just to help you carry the many items and ideas you will pick up at the show.
- Welcome. Some show are free; while others may cost up to $ 12.00. Sometimes, participating members will be able to give out free tickets at their stores; and sometimes there are free tickets in the newspaper. If you know where the show is going to be held; call the vendor and ask. When in doubt, bring some cash.
- Freebies! YES! We all love free stuff. But, it can take you forever to fill out all of those cards. Go prepared. Pre-print yourself some labels with your name, address, email and phone number. It will only take a second and then you’re done.
- Agenda. If you go with an agenda; you’ll be able to know when you are looking for and being able to get around the show quicker. Whether its gowns, venues, stationary, or photographers, you’ll be able to navigate better and get to more places.
- Food. Generally, there is some kind of snacks/food available. So, bring a little cash with you in the event that you need some nourishment.
- Fashion Show. Typically, 1 or more bridal salon is on hand; and there will be a gown show. If you aren’t in the market for a gown, this is a great time to have more one-on-one time with vendors.
- Bride. Where a sticker or pin to let the vendors know that you are the bride. It can take a lot of guess work away from “Whose the Bride” if there is a group of you.
- Don’t be shy. Ask questions. Check about discounts. You’re not going to know if you don’t ask.
I hope that these 10 things are helpful to you the next time you go to a bridal show. Check your local newspapers for upcoming shows in your area!
We’ll see in you Williamsport, PA on January 25th; and then in Selinsgrove, Pa on February 8th.
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