Attending a Wedding Show? I’ve got some tips for you!
It’s wedding show season! Since Christmas time is an exciting time to get engaged, January is the time for wedding shows. I’ve had the chance to have booths at a few different wedding shows over the years, and in that time, I’ve picked up a few great tips for attending a wedding show. As a newly engaged bride, future groom, or bridesmaid, going to a wedding show can definitely be overwhelming. It’s often the first step in a long planning process and walking into a huge hall full of wedding experts and other brides can make anyone a little stressed. This year I get to step out from behind the camera and I actually get to be a bridesmaid! I’m really excited about having the opportunity to support one of my best friends and be a part of a wedding celebration from another perspective. In the past, I’ve been to wedding shows as a maid of honour, a sister of the bride, and as a photographer showcasing my work to potential clients, and I’ve come up with a few tips to make your wedding show experience the best it can be.
1. Check your coat. Big halls get hot and stuffy and you’ll have enough other things to carry around with you. Not having a coat to worry about definitely makes the experience more positive. It’s absolutely worth whatever money they charge for coat check.
2. Have a system and stick to it. If you like what you’re seeing from a certain wedding expert, don’t expect to remember who they are after you’ve been at the wedding show for 2 hours and have seen a million other wedding experts. Find a system that will ensure you get a chance to go back to their work. You could fold down the card they give you, put a gold star sticker on it, mark it with a pen or even bring two bags with you. One to put the information you want to take a closer look at and one to put the information you don’t think you’ll need. I’ve seen brides with backpacks and luggage so it’s easier to carry…all the magazines, planners, and brochures can get pretty heavy. Seriously, having a bag on wheels will make you the envy of every other bride at the show.
3. Bring water and a snack. Especially if the show you’re going to is in a big hall (like the Total Wedding Show), it’s easy to forget to stay hydrated. When I was exhibiting at the Total Wedding Show a few years ago, I saw a girl faint from dehydration. I brought her into my booth and gave her some food and water and she perked up…having water and a snack on hand will definitely make your experience more enjoyable.
4. Print labels with your name, fiance’s name, address, phone number, e-mail and wedding date on them. After you’ve written your name and information down 5 times, it starts to get a bit tedeous giving wedding experts your information.
5. Be selective. This one might get me in trouble, but don’t give your information to everyone. If you know you aren’t interested in their services, don’t waste your time.
What are some of your tips? Leave a comment below to share them!