Bridal shows and wedding expos offer one-stop shopping for brides and grooms. The provide you with anywhere from 50 to over 100 vendors all in one location. But bridal shows can also be crowed, with couples, parents, and bridal parties all competing for the same attention from each vendor's booth.
Here are just a few tips to help your navigate bridal shows easy, stress-free and most of all successful.
1. Set-up a Wedding Email Account
Consider setting up a wedding email account through a free online email service, such as Gmail, Yahoo, or Hotmail. Not only will it be convenient to receive all wedding related communication through one account, but it will be helpful in keeping your regular email free of unsolicited email.
2. Pre-register Before the Show
Save time by registering before the show. Registration only takes a few minutes and will save you from having to fill out a registration form at the show.
3. Know your Budget
Setting your wedding budget and knowing who is responsible for each thing will help you make decisions and know what you are looking for while attending the show.
4. Do your Research
Know which wedding services you need or would like before the show. Also try to find out which wedding vendors will be exhibiting. This will help you know what questions to ask and allow you to visit those vendors you are interested in.
5. Print Address Labels at Home
Most vendors at bridal shows want to collect your information. Save yourself time and writer's cramp by printing up address labels at home prior to arriving. Each label should include the following:
6. Arrive Early
It's best to beat the rush. Also you will be the first to win some of the cool prizes.
7. Bring your scheduling calendar, notebook, and pen
Bring your calendar so your are able to schedule follow-up appointments with preferred vendors. Also bring your notebook and pen so you can take notes. You will visit with a lot of vendors. Make sure you write down things that jump out and impress you. If you don't write it down you are most likely to forget something important.
8. Bring your digital camera and/or video camera
Bringing your digital recording device of choice will allow you to quickly remember some of the great things you saw at the show.
9. Take Part in the Prizes Offered
Many shows offer prizes as do individual vendors in their booths, through out the day and a grand prize at the end of the day. These prizes are incredible and one lucky bride will win. It could very well be you.
10. Bring your Family and Friends
Bringing your family and friends to the bridal show will help them feel involved and also give you a chance to bounce ideas back and forth.
Here is a listing of some upcoming Bridal Shows in the Columbus, Ohio Area.
January 8, 2011 - 11:00am - 5:00pm
January 9, 2011 - 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Perfect Wedding Guide
January 23, 2011 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Columbus Premier Bridal Expo
January 30, 2011 - 11:00am - 4:00pm
Aladdin Shrine Center
Buckeye Bridal Bash
March 6, 2011 - 11:00am - 4:00pm
Ohio Union on the OSU Campus