1. Get there early. It pays to be punctual when it comes to bridal shows. Parking tends to be limited and you don’t want to miss out on the door prizes and glasses of champagne that are often given out to the early birds!
2. Bring a tote bag. Bridal shows frequently supply brides with a bag that they can carry with them throughout the bridal show to store all of the business cards and flyers that they receive from vendors. Come prepared with a tote bag in hand just in case the venue runs out of or is not providing bags for the bridal show.
3. Don’t forget your labels. Many vendors ask brides to sign their guestbook for drawings and other special offers. The one comment I hear most from brides at the shows is that they wish they would have brought stickers with their contact information so they don’t have to keep filling out every vendor’s guestbook by hand! Avoid the hassle of filling out guestbook after guestbook by creating a few sheets of labels with your name, phone, email, address, and wedding date included on each label. Stick a label on one vendor’s guestbook and move on to the next!
4. Only visit vendors whose services you still need. If you have already ordered your wedding cake and floral arrangements, then there is no need to stop by the bakers’ and florists’ booths. Don’t waste your time or the vendors’ time discussing services that you have already booked with other vendors. Instead, spend your time wisely by visiting the booths of those vendors whose services you still need to book.
5. Use this time to consult with vendors. Instead of just taking a flyer from one vendor and heading to the next, take some time to talk to each vendor. Get to know the vendor and their services while they get to know you and your wedding day needs. After your discussion, you can eliminate those vendors who are not a good fit while holding on to the information for those vendors who are your top picks. Not to mention the amount of time you will save not having to sort through hundreds of business cards from vendors you can’t even remember!