In this day of online shopping, Pinterest and Instagram, is there still a place for Wedding Shows? And as a bride to be is it worth your while to attend one? I say ’Definitely, a resounding YES!’ Now I maybe a little biased as I ran my own successful wedding show for 20 years. But as result of that, I saw so many brides and their wedding parties tell me how glad they attended.
Here are their 5 top reasons for attending and why you should too!
Make a personal connection
A Wedding show is the Ultimate one-stop-bridal-shop. There is no other place where you can meet so many vendors face-to-face and ask questions. Now you may not be able to ask all your questions, but you should be able to get a good number answered. Plus, you should be able to get a feel for whether you connect with them. Are they pleasant, reliable, easy to talk to, confident? If all the stars line up, go ahead and book them not just because their work looks amazing, but because they make a really good impression. Often vendors have wedding show booking discounts so you can save some moolah!
Even if you’ve been reading bridal magazines and blogs, pinning on Pinterest, or checking out websites for ideas, nothing compares to seeing the real thing – up close and personal. This is one of the greatest advantages of wedding shows. With so many vendors, you’re going to see a large selection of all things wedding. From glitter and glam to make-up and music. There’ll be the latest trends as well as something for the traditional bride. You’ll see things you never even thought of before, and also things you thought you liked… but now, maybe not so much.
Get cool free stuff and discounts
Most wedding shows have some type of grab bag for their brides – free to the first 200 brides for example. Some vendors will also have samples – cake, sweets, and goodies for the brides to take home. There are also door prizes for all kinds of things, including décor packages and sometimes entire weddings! It’s no secret that weddings can be tres expensive, so many vendors will prepare a special offer for the show. This may be a reduced price on their services, or something extra with a booking. Whatever it is, take it into consideration as you make decisions.
Oh, the Gowns!
There’s no better place to see a wide variety of beautiful wedding dresses than live on the runway. You get to see tons of beautiful gowns and elegant footwear, bridesmaids and occasion wear, often joined onstage by male models showcasing tailored suits and tuxes. It’s the perfect way to get you inspired to start looking for that perfect dress. Once the fashion show is over, take note of your favourites and head to the booths to try them on. If they are not available to try on, talk to the vendors, see what they do have and make an appointment to try on at their shop.
Wedding show = Great fun
Treat attending a wedding show like a fun outing that may bring unexpected yet delightful benefits. Maybe you’ll find your dream florist, taste the best cake of your life, or win a fabulous prize. You’ll get lots of freebies ranging from magazines and samples to a free makeover and picture of you and your besties. And it’ll be an unforgettable experience – you are the Bride and this is your moment to revel in all that is weddings!
Bonus tip: Take pictures of everything you like, and you may have your wedding all figured out by the time you go home.
Where to start:
As you start planning for the big day, the list of things involved can feel seemingly endless. From the venue, photographer, food, wedding attire, music, photo booth, and more; the list of things to book or buy and decisions to be made goes on and on. There’s something to be said about the power of face to face interaction with potential vendors. If you’re hoping to make a more personal connection and be efficient with your planning efforts, you should definitely try to attend a wedding show in your area. It could get your wedding planning into high gear.
Take a moment and read an earlier blog of mine 3 Things you Need to Know… before you start your wedding planning. It should help you work through some thoughts and ideas you have.
Now if you still need some help sorting out all the information you’ve collected, Click here right now for a Free 15 minute chat with me. I’d be more than happy to answer your most pressing question and get you started on your wedding planning.