It’s that time of year. Bridal shows begin to emerge and the excitement is irresistible. This is a special event to attend! Here are some tips and things you can expect:
What is a Bridal Show?
If you’ve never been to one, it is a culmination of many hours of preparation and planning. It features vendors (wedding businesses) assembled in one place to give a bride-to-be a unique shopping experience. Some shows feature other businesses that offer goods and services to your friends and family who attend as well.
How Should You Prepare for the Show?
Have a list: Something so simple can be so helpful at a bridal show. You can stay focused on what you need while exploring new ideas.
Bring pre-printed address labels: You can enter to win door prizes and other individual contest at vendor booths. Writing your name and address repeatedly can get tiring for you or your wedding party.
Create a separate email account only for your bridal planning: This is especially helpful according to Chase Nobis, owner of Complete Wedding + Events Grand Rapids. “This will keep planning more organized and you can delete the address after the wedding.”
Bring “helpful” helpers with you: Opinions are great, but too many can be a bit overwhelming and ruin your experience.
Get those take-home bags and other free gifts: Go through those bags as soon as you can. You may find other great ideas, etc.
Attend the fashion show (if they have one): Seeing bridal apparel on models can help you make wise decisions.
What Can You Expect While Chatting with a Vendor?
Vendors are people too: It is very important to remember that vendors are talking to hundreds of people during a bridal show. If you can’t get all of your questions answered or they seem a bit tired—don’t be concerned. When you book them, their focus will be only on you and your wedding.
Get contracts if you can: Read Them! A reputable vendor such as Complete Weddings + Events wants you to fully understand what you are signing.
Ask if you can take pictures: Vendors must adhere to copyright policies.
Above all, dress comfortably and have fun—this is a “mall” devoted to the wedding of your dreams!
Don’t forget to stop by the Complete Weddings + Events—booth at the Lansing Bridal Association Show—September 17th, 2017. It will be held at the Lansing Center in Downtown Lansing from 11 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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