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Top Ten Tips for Navigating Bridal Shows

Bridal Show season is right around the corner!

The show at The Glen Sanders Mansion will be happening on Sunday, January 23rd this year and the show at The Hall of Springs will be happening on Sunday, January 30th 2011.

Bridal Shows are great to attend because they are a chance for brides and grooms to see many vendors in many different specialties all in one place, but they can be overwhelming.  The team here at Aisle Files have put together our Top Ten Tips for navigating Bridal Shows to help you get through them successfully and stress-free!

1 Preregister:

Many shows offer the option of preregistering.  Often times, shows offer a discount for registering in advance, or giveaways.  This can also save you time at the doors.

2 Bring Both Cash and Credit Cards:

It is important to bring cash because often times shows do not accept credit cards at the door.  You usually don’t have to pay for parking, but you want to be prepared for that possibility.  Bring your Credit Card in case you want to book any services or give a deposit to hold a date.  sometimes vendors offer discounts only at the show.

3 Pack Light and Wear Comfortable Shoes:

Don’t bring a heavy bag.  Bring a small bag to separate information in.  A notebook and pen to make notes in, your camera to help you remember ideas you may see, and your calendar to know important dates and make appointments.  You may want to bring ribbon and material swatches of dresses for linen, florists, bakeries, gown shops, etc.  Also, it’s a long day, and you’ll be standing a lot, so don’t wear heels.  Wear comfortable shoes and outfits.

4 Come Early and Make a day of it:

These shows are big! Come early to avoid the mad rush of people and plan to stay all day to see every vendor.  Leave children at home so you can stay and focus on the vendors.  Bring bottled water and snacks, plan in rest breaks.

5 Do Your Research:

Have a plan in mind before you go.  Pick one main vendor you want to book and research them.  Bring a list of questions and don’t be shy to speak with them and ask questions.  Visit every booth and walk up and down aisles to make sure you don’t miss anyone.

6 Take Notes:

Make notes on business cards and mark vendors in a way that you will remember them, such as “Call this one!”

7 Listen Well:

If vendors are busy talking to someone else, stand close and listen, wait until you can ask your questions.  Be Patient!

8 Wear your Sticker:

Many shows offer a bride and groom sticker, wear it! It is hard for vendors to distinguish between everyone and they pay special attention to the bride and groom.

9 Bring Labels:

Many vendors offer drawings for prizes at bridal shows.  Bring labels that have your name and the grooms name, your address, and contact information  so you don’t have to write it out all the time.  Don’t register for everything unless you want to be on everyone’s mailing list.

10 Don’t Make Quick Decisions, Make the Right Ones:

Take a few minutes to listen to what vendors are offering before saying “yay” or “nay”.  You want to make sure you click with your vendors because they will be with you all day.  Choose vendors who listen to what you want and pay attention to your needs.

Planning your wedding should be fun! Relax and Enjoy the Bridal Shows you Attend!

Welcome Aboard!

We here at Aisle Files are excited to announce that we have a new event planner joining our team!  Cynthia Pritchard is the new Social and Wedding Events Coordinator at Saratoga National Golf Club!   Congratulations Cynthia! Best of luck and we look forward to your expertise and many great events!

A native of Saratoga, Cynthia brings over 18 years of experience to the Mazzone Management Group.  After years of planning weddings, social parties and corporate event for the Sagamore Resort in Bolton Landing, NY she moved to take a position as Wedding director for a Hilton Property on the coast of Southern California and then on to open the premier St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort a 5-Star Resort in Dana Point, California to direct both weddings and special events. After her time in the hotel industry, Cynthia launched her own events company in 2004 and continued to plan social and wedding events in Southern California, Napa Valley, New York City, Lake George and Saratoga Springs.   She has developed a fine tuned ability to listen to her clients, create their vision and always exceed their expectations. Her ease with clients and skills of coordinating all aspects of the planning process has enabled her to successfully design some of the most elaborate and unique events for her clients.  After moving back to the East Coast she spent two years as the East Coast Representative for Wild Flower Linen a premier Linen Design Company out of Southern California while continuing her passion of event planning with her own event company. She also had the opportunity to consult on developing wedding sales and training programs for wedding venues in places such as Hawaii and Upstate New York. In joining the team at Saratoga National Golf Club Cynthia looks forward to sharing her expertise and enthusiasm for planning spectacular events here in her hometown.

This just in….

Shannon from Wedding Planning Plus was nice enough to send this link over of a recent June Wedding here at Saratoga National.  Check out the martini ice luge and adorable wedding cake!  See all of the details here!

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Expert Excerpt: Lisa Light, Wedding Planner

I have come to the conclusion that winter weddings are WONDERFUL! They are absolutely magical, so why are they so uncommon? And why has it taken me 16 plus years of planning weddings to become a fan?!

Last weekend we coordinated a winter wedding at the Canfield Casino in Saratoga Springs, NY. Imagine first that you are planning an elegant, black tie affair in a grand, old casino in the dead of winter when everyone is dying for an occasion to get dressed up and go out! You are dressed in a lovely velvet gown, boots with tiny buttons to match the back of your gown, long slender gloves, a fur jacket, a hat and a muff. You arrive in a horse drawn sleigh or carriage if there isn’t enough snow. The moment you turn into the Casino drive you are welcomed by a path flanked with 200 glowing luminaries. Bells are tolling and snow if falling. lisa-light-winter-1

You enter the ballroom of the Casino, which is glowing with hundreds of candles, and adorned with gold, ivory and silver linens and flowers. You line up with your best friends and your father at your side. The giant, wooden doors open, and show you off to all of the people that are dear to you. They are seated in a round. You walk down the aisle to music your uncle is playing just for you, into the center of the circle and feel the warmth and the love that surrounds you. You look into the eyes of the man you are about to marry and smile because you know it feels right.


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When the ceremony concludes, a jazz trio breaks into a smooth rhythm. Kir Royale is served by waiters in white gloves. Men dressed in their finest tuxedos are at the bar sipping single malt Scotch, and discussing the cigars that are on the bar waiting for a taker or two.

Before it gets too late, you decide to run out in the falling snow with your new husband so that you can feel alive, and in love while the photographer goes wild snapping frames like a kid in a candy shop. Nobody seems at all concerned about the snow, and how they are going to get home because you wedding coordinator has made arrangements for transportation for all of your guests. Dinner is announced and the dancing begins until the wee hours of the night.

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It was cozy, romantic, different, and fun at a time of year when there are few social diversions. I want to encourage couples to seriously consider a winter wedding for those reasons, AND others such as the fact that winter weddings cost less. It is the slow season for venues and vendors in the Northeast, so we are always thrilled when we get a winter wedding.

As a matter of fact, Mazzone Management, Inc. has recently unfolded their Winter White Exclusive for this winter and next. The program encourages couples wanting to be married in the Saratoga Springs or Scotia, NY areas to take advantage of their luxury-for-less discounts, as well as, special offers from many of their preferred vendors. This is one way a couple can have their wedding at their favorite venue, and still afford the A-team for less during challenging economic times.

Furthermore, I have to admit that I really loved the fact that I was not sweating when we were setting up and breaking down the wedding. And…you can give me a snowstorm any day over a rainstorm on a wedding day! For that reason alone, I don’t understand why winter weddings aren’t more popular. The number one concern our clients have is weather…i.e. rain. Rain makes production difficult and it makes the mood dismal for everyone. Snow makes people giddy and happy even if it is a bad snow. People secretly get a rush from the notion that they may be snowed in somewhere and what a great story that would make!

So, how about it? Let’s plan a winter wedding in 2010!

For more information call Lisa Light and her team at 518.392.7766 or go to www.destinationbride.com.

Lisa Light is a local and international wedding planner, author of Destination Bride: A Complete Guide to Planning Your Wedding Anywhere in the World, and CEO of Lisa Light, Ltd. And DestinationBride.com.

All photos produced at the Ice Hotel in Quebec, by Lisa Light, Ltd.,
Shot by David Seaver,
Designed by Renaissance Floral Design for Well Wed Magazine