Making the Most of Wedding Shows
When the calendar turns to a new year, the wedding shows begin to pop up to provide inspiration and oodles of incredible wedding vendors for the newly-engaged set. Walking into a show can be incredibly overwhelming. I'm here to tell you that with a little preparation, you can make the most of the $10+ you spent on a ticket. Wouldn't you rather walk out empowered than overwhelmed by the whole process?
5 tips for making the most of a wedding show
Get Prepared. Create a new email address specifically for your wedding. It could be a combination of your names, your new last name and wedding date, or something cute like JakeandKateTietheKnot at gmail dot com. Every vendor at a wedding show will most likely ask you to sign up for more information or to enter a giveaway. To avoid gumming up your regular email up with a ridiculous amount of wedding things (as pretty as they might be!), set up a separate account to keep yourself organized. Once the emails start filtering in, create folders to sort out the important-to-you information for easy referencing throughout the planning process.
Make a Plan. Most wedding shows share their exhibitor and event information on their website prior to the show. This is a great way to scope out who will be there, which fashion shows you want to see, etc. If there are certain vendors you really don't want to miss, making note of them before you go will help you manage your time at the show well. Extra Tip: Don't feel like you need to stop at every booth. Maximize your time by stopping at ones that interest you and your unique wedding style and needs.
Bring Bags. A reusable grocery bag will be your new best friend. You will receive so many magazines, business cards, and treats that you won't be able to carry it all. Even if the show hands out a bag, bring an extra. Usually, their bags are pre-loaded with goodies that an extra one might come in handy.
Hydrate. Between walking the show and talking to a lot of vendors (not to mention your crew), you're bound to get a little thirsty. Grab a water or a coffee before the show to stay hydrated and ready to tackle some planning.
Get Chatting. If a booth piques your interest, pop in and chat with the vendor. Ask them more about themselves and how their services work, and share your budget and wedding date. Communication is crucial and getting to know them a bit at the show will also help you select who you want to set up a meeting with afterwards!
Bonus Tip: Have Fun!
This seems like an obvious one, but, as I said before, it can be easy to get overwhelmed at a show. There's so much wedding goodness showcased in one place. Whether you decide to tackle the show on a organized mission to make decisions or you choose to wander it slowly just for fun, this is one of the best times of your life. Enjoy being engaged! The wedding planning will happen one way or another, so don't stress yourself out.
Even if the idea of a wedding show does nothing for you, it can be a fun day out with your mom or your besties celebrating this special time in your life. Soak in all the prettiness and dream of your own big day!