Here are some tips from the wedding industry pros for attending a bridal show.  Why attend a bridal show?  Save time and money, meet with wedding industry experts, get ideas, and see the latest wedding trends.  We have prepared several bridal show tips to help you get the most out of the show.  Bridal Shows are a fun way for girls to plan their weddings.  In one day you can meet with every type of vendor and see some new ideas you may never have thought of that will help make your wedding day unforgettable.

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.  You can click on either bridal show name and that will bring you to their site for pre-registration.

Bring your friends

Bringing your friends to the bridal show will help them feel involved and also give you a chance to bounce ideas back and forth.  Many brides bring their maids of honor and their brides maids to help them with decisions.  Many others will bring their mothers or mothers-in-law as this helps them feel more a part of the planning process.  Plus, in many cases they are the ones paying for it all.

Contact info labels

Wedding vendors will often have drawings for prizes at their booths.  Instead of having to fill out multiple forms with your contact info, prepare some electronic labels before the bridal show.  Information to include: your name, address, phone number, wedding date and email address.

Bring a notebook and pen

Bring a notebook and pen so you can take notes.  Write down contact info of vendors you talked to or thoughts you have while attending the bridal show.  You will visit with a lot of vendors.  Make sure you write down things that really jump out and impress you.  Realize that if you don’t write it down you could likely forget something important.

Bring a digital camera

Bringing a simple digital camera will allow you to quickly remember some of the great things you saw at the show.  Did you see a great dress during a bridal fashion show?  Maybe there is a great cake from a wedding cake designer.

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.  Shows tend to feature vendors of all kinds that fit into many different wedding budgets.  While one vendor could be more expensive than your budget allows, the next one you meet with could meet your needs just fine.

Bring your checkbook

Many wedding vendors will offer a special day-of-the-bridal-show-only discount.  Keep in mind though, if a vendor is offering a steep discount to book that day, this might also throw up a red flag on why would they be doing this on a prime wedding season month? This will help you save even more money if you are able to find your vendor at bridal show.  Please be aware that certain dates fill up very fast so if you find a vendor you want to work with, put the deposit down because chances are if you don’t someone else will book them.

Also, shows sometimes have boutiques where vendors are selling anything from pants, shirts, jewelry, bags etc.  This is a great way for you to pick up gifts for your brides maids or to pick up something extra for your wedding day or for any day.

Do your research

Know which wedding services you need 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 particularly interested in.

Take part in the prizes offered during the show

Many shows offer prizes that are given away throughout the day and a grand prize drawing at the end of the day. Grand prize drawings at the end of the show are an exciting thing for the brides, imagine having your wedding in a location you never dreamed of or taking a honey moon trip to an all inclusive resort that you never thought you could afford.  These prizes are incredible and one lucky bride will win.  It very well could be you.

Make a day of it

Plan on attending the bridal show for several hours.  This will allow you to visit all the vendors and find everything you need. With all the fashion shows, live music, guest speakers and all the free food being passed out you can spend several hours at a show and still feel like you missed something.  Bring your fiancé, let him feel a part of it.  Believe it or not most guys do care about their wedding day, they just pretend they don’t.  Most importantly and above all – have fun!

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