How to Get the Most Out of a Bridal Show

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Bridal shows are a great place to do a lot of wedding research in a short period of time. When else do you get a dozen of every kind of vendor in one place? Make the most of your bridal show experience with these four simple tips.

Go Against the Crowd – Most bridal shows have a set flow predetermined by the organizers. Attendees come in, register and work their way around the room following the crowd. If the majority of people seem to be going clockwise, don’t follow the hoards of people. Instead go the opposite way and meet the vendors who are waiting. Getting that one-on-one interaction can help you find a vendor you’ll love.

Dress Comfortably – I love heels as much as the next girl (maybe a bit more). But after five hours of standing in stilettos, I’m not a happy camper. To get the most out of your bridal show experience, dress comfortably in clothes you can layer and comfortable shoes. It will be hard to focus on what a vendor is saying when you are preoccupied with thoughts of growing blisters. After all, the vendors are trying to impress you, not the other way around!

Meet as Many Vendors as Possible – Why meet just two photographers when you can meet 10? Why just try three cakes when you can taste five? You’ll never know what you might be missing if you don’t at least try a few options. Even if you go with the first florist you meet, you might love an arrangement the fourth florist made and thanks to exploring all the options, you will be able to bring that idea back to the florist you choose. As an extra bonus, some vendors offer discounts specifically for bridal show attendees. You’ll never know unless you visit their table!

Enter Every Giveaway – Someone has to win that wedding dress, the china set and the all expenses paid honeymoon. You’ll never win unless you enter! Many bridal shows have an amazing door prize drawings or giveaways just for brides and grooms. We’re rooting for you and may the odds be ever in your favor!

~ Julianna, The Newport Bride

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