Thursday, 18 September 2014

Attending a Bridal Show??

So you are planning your Wedding and decided to attend a Bridal Show! 
Bridal Shows are a really great way to meet with many vendors in one afternoon.
Attending a Bridal show gives you the opportunity to see different photographers albums, look at invitation samples, view décor and floral set ups in person and taste some bakeries cakes... and most importantly, talk one on one with different vendors to see if their personalities work well with yours.
On top of all of that... you get a chance at winning many different prizes that could save you money on your Wedding Day!
 
Wedding Shows can be overwhelming.  You have a lot of different vendors trying to talk to you and you may start to get confused about what you talked about with each one.  And then end up not remembering which ones you preferred over the others.

Below is a list of tips that I have for you when you are planning on attending a Bridal Show!  

-- Make a wedding e-mail address for you and your fiancé, that way you can keep all the amazing ideas, offers, etc. In one place!  This also helps to not flood your personal e-mail address with Wedding related e-mails.

-- Make sheets of peel and stick labels with your contact information for all the wonderful prize draws you will be entering - Be sure to include your name, phone number, wedding e-mail & wedding date... If you have room, also include your address, fiancé's name and Wedding Venue if you already have it!

-- Bring a large bag to store all the information you will be collecting... believe me, you will be collecting a lot!

-- Wear comfy shoes... you will be doing a bunch of walking!
 
-- Get to the fashion show early to ensure you get a seat.  The vendors you haven't gotten a chance to meet with will still be there after the show for you to talk to.  Most attendees actually leave soon after the fashion show and therefore you have an opportunity to have more one on one time with the vendors.

-- Bring a notebook(or my checklist I have attached below) and a pen to mark down vendors or ideas you really like.  This way, you won't get confused later on when you are looking through all of your information the vendors were handing you.
 
-- Some vendors prefer you don't take pictures of their booth so you may have to jot down any notes you like about their booth.  But most vendors would have no problem with you taking pictures of their booth... if you love something they have on display... snap a picture of it so you don't forget!

-- Bring your cheque-book in case you want to book something at the show and need to put a deposit down. Some of the best deals on vendors are at the show!

-- Sign up for all of the giveaways and draws.  What do you have to lose!  the more draws you enter... the more chances you have to win!  And who wouldn't want that!

-- Bring samples of your wedding colours. This will help a lot of vendors make appropriate suggestions as to what they can do for you.

 
-- Bring your bridal bible! Having your Wedding Planning Book or Binder there with you will ensure you have everything you have planned already there with you in case you wanted to discuss ideas or visions with potential vendors. 

 
Eat lots of samples... Get lots of inspiration and Have fun!!!


Wedding Show Vendor Checklist

 
Company Name #1
Company Name #2
Notes
 
Planner/Coordinator
A Divine Affair – Jennie Dobrucki - jennie@adivineaffair.ca - 289-668-6818
 
Ceremony Site
 
 
 
 
Officiant
 
 
 
 
Ceremony Music
 
 
 
 
Rehearsal Dinner
 
 
 
 
Reception Site
 
 
 
 
Bridal Gown
 
 
 
 
Bridal Accessories
 
 
 
 
Bridesmaids Attire
 
 
 
 
Alterations
 
 
 
 
Hair
 
 
 
 
Make-up
 
 
 
 
Grooms/GroomsmenAttire
 
 
 
 
Stationary
 
 
 
 
Transportation/Limo
 
 
 
 
Shuttle
 
 
 
 
Parking/Valet
 
 
 
 
Caterer
 
 
 
 
Photographer
 
 
 
 
Videographer
 
 
 
 
DJ
 
 
 
 
Band
 
 
 
 
Entertainment
 
 
 
 
Cake
 
 
 
 
Sweets Table
 
 
 
 
Favours
 
 
 
 
Florist
 
 
 
 
Décor
 
 
 
 
Rentals & Supplies
 
 
 
 
Accommodations
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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