Attending A Bridal Show

There’s a Bridal show coming to town September 8th at Basilica Hudson, and attending is a MUST DO on your wedding planning checklist! If you’ve never been to a bridal show, its an understatement to say you’ve been missing out. You have nothing to lose, and everything to gain; from personal connections with vendors, to extravagant giveaways! Here’s why you should attend a bridal show, and some tips for first timers.

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Make Connections

Reading customer reviews only does so much for you. Attending a Bridal show allows you to walk around and meet face-to-face with the best wedding professionals in the area. Making that personal connection will help you feel out if that person, or service is what you need to make your wedding spectacular. It will also help the vendor get a good sense of what you want, and how they can help you.

Photo by Lauren Fair Photography

For those of you planning destination weddings, attending a bridal show in your destination will be especially beneficial for you! This will give you the opportunity to meet all the best vendors in the area in one easy stop. In the long run this will save you a lot of time and hassle.

Photo by Little But Fierce Photography

Take It All In

You will be surrounded by the best, so come with questions and expect to get lots of answers! You can learn the latest wedding trends, dress styles, preferred venues and vendors. Keep and open mind and have fun with it, because you’ll be seeing things you’ve never even thought of before. Don’t forget to take lots pictures and bring something to write with!

Photo by Andrew Franciosa Studio

Make sure you keep an eye out for vendors who obviously put a lot of thought and effort into designing their booth – these are the vendors you want on your team. Bonus points if they have giveaways too!

Photo by Beanart Photography

Plan It Out

There are going to be TONS of vendors to see; so we suggest before going in, selecting the top vendors you wish to see. That way you’ll make sure to at least speak with vendors who piqued your interest.

Photo by Eric Jon Photography

You’re going to be giving your information to a lot of vendors; so it isn’t a bad idea to print labels or calling cards with your name, contact info, and wedding date (just so you don’t have to write it down a million times). We also recommend making a special wedding email, so you can keep track of everything that comes in regarding your wedding.

Prepare Yourself…

Photo by Andrew Franciosa Studio

We recommend you eat a good meal first, because you will be doing a lot of walking around. Don’t forget to save room because caterers will be offering samples of food and cake! Most importantly remember to dress comfortably. Maybe not sweatpants comfort level; but the last thing you need is for your feet to be killing you in heels, or to be tugging at an uncomfortable outfit all day.

Photos by YTK Photography & Marlayna Photography

Eyes On The Prize

Enter any and all contests and raffles; you never know what extraordinary prize you might win at an expo. Exhibitors will often offer special deals only available to the smarties who came to the bridal show!

Photo by Black Tie Visuals

The most important tip we have for bridal shows is…..HAVE FUN! These expos are meant to be enjoyable, and to get you excited about your wedding. Grab someone you know you’ll have a great time with, put on some comfy walking shoes, and go eat and win free stuff. We hope to see you at the Bridal Show September 8th!

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