Tips for Attending Bridal Shows, Bridal Expos and Bridal Events
At bridal shows you will have the opportunity to meet and speak directly with wedding & event professionals, and gather information about their products and services.
To help you get the most out of the show, we have prepared the following tips:
Pre-register if available. This will save time when you arrive at the event.
Bring along a family member and/or friend to help you collect information. They can provide valuable input and assist in the decision-making for planning your event.
Arrive early enough to ensure that you have enough time to visit exhibitor’s booth to gather information and ask questions.
Plan on attending for the duration of the event to enjoy the entire experience and take advantage of watching the fashion shows
Bring along pre-printed address labels. They make it easier to give your information to exhibitors when setting up an appointment or when you want more information sent to you
Bring your calendar to set up appointments with your favorite exhibitors to talk further about the details of your wedding or event you are planning
Bring your checkbook. Some exhibitors may offer show specials if you book their services or purchase products the day of the show
Certain exhibitors can only handle one wedding or event per day and the dates fill quickly. You should be prepared to reserve your date with that must-have exhibitor.
Take along a pen & paper for note taking on your favorite items and ideas.
Additional Tips if you are Planning a Wedding
Bring along your fiance’…this is a great way to get his input on your wedding plans.
You may also want to bring along your mom and your fiance’s mom or your maid of honor and/or bridesmaids.
Most bridal fashion shows will also feature the latest in mother’s dresses as well as maid of honor and bridesmaids gowns.
If you are a bride and will be out-of-town, send a friend or your Mother to register for you for prizes and to collect information on services you need.
Bring ribbons or material in your wedding colors so vendors can provide useful suggestions catered to your needs.
If you are a bride, be prepared to wear a “bride to be” sticker to receive special attention from exhibitors.
During the Show
If you did not pre-register, be sure to complete any survey forms to register for valuable door prizes.
Visit each exhibitor at least once – you may find something you did not know about. Then go back a second time and speak to specific exhibitors to book their services, make a purchase or make an appointment to talk with them further about your event.
Collect any information you are interested in, then take it home to look over again.
Ask questions. The exhibitors are there to answer any questions you may have and help you in any way they can to plan your event.
If you don’t see something that you are looking for at a particular booth, ask if they have what you are looking for or if they can get it.
After the Show
Review all of the materials you collected at the show and make plans to visit the exhibitor’s place of business to make a purchase or book a service they may offer if you did not do so at the show.
Call or visit any exhibitor for any questions you may have on their products or services.
Don’t forget to keep the appointments you made at the show.
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