It’s Engagement Season
You are newly engaged! Congratulations! You’re finally getting around to that wedding. Let us help. OK, so it’s sort of last minute…that’s OK. It CAN be done. No matter what stage you’re at, you should plan on attending a bridal show.
So, you’re planning on attending a Bridal Show
What is it like at a bridal show? Well…it CAN be sensory overload mixed into a carnival-esque atmosphere. It’s vendors who have a limited time and space vying for your attention. BUT, it’s an event that can help you cross off all the important details of your day with one-stop shopping. It’s an event that’s meant for couples planning for one of the most important days of their lives.
You may not realize these things about the show. First of all, we vendors pay a lot of money to be at a show. We may seem a little anxious—maybe even a little rushed and pushy. Believe me, this isn’t OUR normal. THIS is our show demeanor, based on the urgency of the event. We want to talk to as many brides as possible and we have 30 seconds (maybe?) to capture your attention. Bridal shows are what fills in our calendar…how we earn our living…how we eat for the next 2 years. It’s a lot of pressure for us. But, that aside, we DO enjoy meeting you, talking with you, and listening to your love stories and your plans for your big day.
Bridal Show 101
How can YOU, the planning couple, make the experience more pleasant for yourself AND everyone else? First, be prepared to answer one basic question over and over—WHEN are you getting married? For us, we have a fixed number of available slots for services. Second, if you’re NOT interested in a service or product, be polite. A little kindness can go a long way when a vendor has been on their feet talking for many hours. Third, if you DO need services, come prepared to book. Most vendors will take credit cards and/or checks, and would love to take care of you at the show…saving you from taking time from your busy schedule for another appointment.
If you DO need some extra time, make an appointment that day. Make sure you mark any literature you have received from vendors you love—you will have a lot to go through once you get home.
Preparation is key
A little homework before the show can save you time later. Find the website or Facebook page for the show you are attending and look at the vendor list. Most sites will have links to these vendors’ sites and you can go over what they have to offer BEFORE you meet with them at the show. If you have your questions ready for vendors it will enable you to make educated decisions and give you confidence to solidify your plans.
You will receive A LOT of information at the show. In order to ensure that you can secure your dates with vendors you would like to work with, call them IMMEDIATELY. Did you love a particular vendor? Chances are that others did, too…so don’t risk losing that vendor due to procrastination. As a vendor, my least favorite phrase is, “Sorry, I’m already booked on your date.” So, take care of those bookings right away.
Bridal shows can be an important AND fun part of the engagement experience, so enjoy your time at the show and use the information you obtain before, during and after the show to plan the wedding of your dreams. That being said, don’t get so caught up in the planning that you forget that the reason for all of this is THE MARRIAGE!
We hope to see you at a show this month. Click on the links below and mark your calendars!
The Maronite Center http://www.musicmandjservices.com/BreathtakingBridalExpoatTheMaroniteCenter.aspx
Mr. Anthony’s http://bridalspectacularonline.com/