Ladies, ‘tis the season for bridal shows! If you have never been to a bridal show, let this be a fair warning that it can be overwhelming…but very beneficial! Vendors will be shoving their information at you, trying to get you to enter their drawings, try their product, use their store. You will be shoulder to shoulder with what seems like a million other women wanting the same piece of cake you have your eye on. Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your first (or second, or third) bridal show.
- Come hungry. Take your grocery store on sample-Sunday and multiply that by 10. There are so many catering vendors you’ll want to try EVERYTHING—appetizers, pulled pork, sides, cakes, cocktails, etc. You won’t need to plan lunch or dinner before or after your bridal show, you’ll come hungry and leave stuffed!
- Dress Light. Typically, bridal shows draw a lot of people and it gets hot…very fast. By the end you will also be carrying around nearly a 50 lb. bag of free stuff. If you dress in warm clothes, you will no doubt be “sweating for the wedding” the entire time. I also suggest a cross body purse (or no purse at all) as it will be one less thing you have to carry.
- Print labels. This is a big one. The vendors want you to enter their drawings and you will, too. Who doesn’t love winning FREE STUFF??? Standing shoulder to shoulder trying to fill out your information 100+ times to enter all the drawings can be very time consuming. Easy solution? Print your name, address, phone number, email and wedding date on labels so you can take their entry form, stick your label on it, and move on. Depending on how many vendors are expected at your show you should print enough for each vendor, just to be safe.
- Leave your man at home. Although it’s polite to ask your soon to be hubby if he wants to come, I would advise you to leave him at home. Have you ever shopped with him and he just stood there waiting for you to finish? That is what it is going to be like if you bring him. Most likely, he is not too interested in talking about hair, make up, flowers, etc. Plan a fun day with your mom, your girls, or your future mother-in-law and leave your soon to be hubby home. He will thank you later.
- Be honest. Every vendor will try to stop you and give you their sales pitch. If you already booked a venue and they are asking if you have one, it’s okay to say, “yes I already have a venue, but thank you.” I know some women feel bad and will say no just so they don’t hurt the vendor’s feelings but believe me you don’t want to get stuck with a vendor listening to their sales pitch if you don’t need them. Focus on what you need to get done that day and don’t waste time on things you are not interested in or already have booked.