Congratulations on your engagement! Excited about planning your wedding? What better way to start planning than by attending a few bridal fairs? This is one of the most helpful things you can do as you prepare for your big day. These events are festive, exciting and full of incredible wedding ideas. They provide a great venue to meet and speak to wedding professionals, one on one, all under one roof. In such events, you will get the opportunity to compare prices and services, see the latest fashion, gather information, get great new ideas, register for prizes and most importantly, have fun.
Here are a few tips to help maximize your experience at the bridal fair
Just like you, there are a lot of other brides-to-be looking to get in on the goodies and scoop up the best vendors. If you want a decent shot at getting to the best vendors, buy your ticket in advance to avoid long queues at the gate.
Make a plan
Before the big event, take the time to create a list of the remaining products and services you will need for your wedding. Also, it is advisable that you establish a budget to act as a guideline for these areas. This will make it easy for you to compare what you need to the vendors featured at the bridal fair.
Target the products and services you need, find out where they are located and then make sure to meet up with them at the expo. Also, most expo vendors have raffles and giveaways at the event that are usually published in advance on the event’s website. Find out which ones could benefit you and make sure to visit their booths.
Print address labels with your details
Most bridal fairs and expos have anywhere between 100-600 booths. The booths are put in place solely vying for your contact and wedding details. However, the thought of handwriting down your contact on every stall available can be overwhelming. The best solution is to print out a label with your contact details, wedding date and if you want, your wedding budget. Print out as many of these labels as you like, and you are good to go. This will help you save the time you could be spending admiring beautiful displays.
Research on the vendors
Take some time to read up on the vendors that will be available at the event. Research on the types of services they offer and then look specifically for the ones who provide what you need such as wedding videographers and photographers. This information will aid you in creating a list of priority stalls to visit as well as help you iron out your plan of attack.
After you have prioritized your top vendors, you do not just want to rush by the booths that offer products or services you need or just go there to listen to their sales pitches. Bring your list of questions with you and do not be afraid to ask hard questions. Remember that is what the vendors are there for. So take this opportunity to find out everything you need.
Communication is golden
Most of the vendors at the expo want to sit down with you and answer your questions. However, these shows are usually quite hectic and noisy, and getting that one-on-one candid moment may be a little tricky. Hence, if you find a vendor that you will love to work with, give them your contact and even set up an appointment to meet up later after the expo.
Also, do not be shy to start a conversation with the people at the booths. This is the only way you will know if they are people you will love to work with in planning your wedding ceremony.
Keep your eyes open for ideas
Bridal fairs offer an excellent opportunity for you to learn new things and get more ideas to incorporate into your wedding. Whether it is the type of flower arrangements, favors or even color combinations, be open to new ideas. Also, take this time to chat with other brides if you can. Who knows, you could even develop a support network for this sometimes overwhelming process of wedding planning.
Organize your time
After you have hit your priority vendor list, make a point to visit the other remaining booths. When planning a wedding, you never know what may change. Your preferred vendor may turn out to be not a good fit after all. Or maybe, your taste in décor may change. Hence, by visiting the other booths, you might get a better impression of the different vendors and the services they offer. And it may be quite easy for you to find what you need in the future. So be sure to grab a few extra business cards!
Bring a friend
Whether it is the groom to be, your best friend, mother, sister or even your wedding planner, bring them along to the event for feedback. Bouncing ideas off other people is important, especially when a big purchase is involved. Also, if you are an impulse buyer, it is a great idea to avoid going over your budget. However, if you do not have anyone to tag along, just prepare as listed in the steps above and bring your A-game. Do not let anyone push you into something you are not comfortable with.
When you go to these events with a plan of action, you can rest sure that you will get most of your planning done or at least, gather more information to help you make an informed decision when reviewing the information later.
These nine tips will help make your next bridal fair or expo a fun experience. Take the time to enjoy this moment and not stress out over every little detail. Take as many pictures as you like as they will help to jog your memory on the different vendors and what you like most about their products or services. And more importantly, do not procrastinate. After attending the expo, it is highly recommended that you secure these wedding businesses in the shortest time possible to lock up your wedding professionals before someone else does.
If you are in the Portland, Oregon area, check out the 2018 Portland Bridal Show. This is the largest and most attended show in Oregon, bringing together the very best local wedding professionals in the Portland-Vancouver area, in order to assist brides in planning their dream wedding. This 2 days bridal show is being organized by Expositions West, Inc. The venue of this event is Oregon Convention Center (OCC) which is located in Portland, Oregon. The event will be held from 13 January 2018, Saturday to 14 January 2018, Sunday. Portland Bridal Show 2018 will showcase a wide range of products and services related to wedding & bridal sector from the leading exhibitors, for example, bridal publications, reception & ceremony locations, catering, cakes, pastries, photography, videography, florists, décor, music, entertainment, bridal attire, tuxedos, fashions, bridal accessories, jewelry, transportation, limousines, event coordination, planning, photo booths, rentals, invitations, favors, gift registries, bachelorette parties, honeymoon, travel, salons, spas, cosmetics/beauty, make-up artistry, tanning, cosmetic dentistry, fitness, health, nutrition, weight loss, vision correction, health care, housewares, furniture, home décor, real estate, mortgages, insurance, financial planning, advising.