Tips to How to Survive a Bridal Show… Again|Triad Wedding Planner|Katrina McCullum

You are engaged and you are ready to go to your first (or fourth) bridal show. You may be going to find all or some of your vendors or to get some great ideas or just going for the prizes. What ever your reason, here are a few tips on how to survive any bridal show. 994269_10151645375439244_1853285205_n

  1. Where comfortable shoes- There is A LOT of walking involved.
  2. Don’t be the first to arrive- Many bridal shows give out the really great prizes and giveaways at the end of the show…so you are once you have visited all the vendors you are kinda just standing around waiting.
  3. Print out labels- Everyone wants you to fill out a form. Print out your name, address, email address, wedding date and phone number on a address sticker, this way you can just stick it and keep it moving.address-label-sample-300x184
  4. Create a “wedding” email- You are going to be overwhelmed with emails regarding your wedding. So not to get it mixed up with your personal or business email address; create one just for your wedding, this way you have all the information in once place.
  5. Focus only on the vendors you need- If you know you , you already have your invitations there is no need to speak to this type of vendor. No need to fill out their information form and no need to make them feel as if you are interested in their services.
  6. Bring your entourage- Divide and conquer is the key, especially if it is a really big show. Give everyone a sheet of labels. Instruct them to be honest of who they are and gather information so you can cover more ground in less time.
  7. Enjoy your self- You are a bride, enjoy the attention. You will state your wedding date a least a million times. Don’t get upset everyone is excited for you. Eat samples, participate, and relax.
  8. Keep the business cards separate from the bridal bag they give you once you arrive. There will be so much information in that bag it will be easy to loose track. So tuck it in your purse, back pocket or keep them in your hand as long as they are separated.

***Bonus Tip***

9.  Ask first, but take pictures of the vendor booths that particularly catch your interest.

A Trip Around The World Bridal Showcase Part I|Jacksonville Wedding Planner

On June 9th we had our first bridal show (#mohbridalshows). The theme was “A Trip Around the World”. I wanted to created a relaxed environment where brides can have hands on action with the vendors. Not only could they see first hand what they provide but would be able to ask questions they had about the services. Normally, you can’t do that at a regular bridal show, due to crowds and limited time. When guest arrived they received their passports and boarding passes and were greeted with yummy mimosas.5916_631369666876039_1481320193_n I love a good theme and wanted to create some simple tablescapes that represented each country. 8809_631369736876032_1765890249_n

We went with pink and black for our Paris table, very romantic and charming. Loving the tall centerpiece created by Divine Floral Designs. D3S_8697

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The design concept for our Tuscany, Italy table was a warm cozy intimate dinner. The wooden chargers and chairs brought out the rustic look as well as the burlap runner… and what kicked it off and made it pop…the awesome portable fireplace and mantle created by Handmade Rentals.7161_631246556888350_620630960_n

Going back and forth.. this has got to be our favorite table… our polynesian inspired table was completed by the rattan chargers and bamboo chairs. 946675_631246613555011_1039088812_n

and last but not least our Madrid Spain.Black and red tablescape complete with red roses and swirl pattern on the overlay. D3S_8766

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D3S_8774Stay tuned to Part II: The vendors

Happy Planning!