Congratulations on your engagement, couple-to-be! After you set your wedding date, you consult a wedding-planning checklist or countdown calendar to help organize your wedding. This calendar makes your life easier by telling you when to send announcements, visit reception sites, and meet prospective vendors. The best way to make your wedding-planning faster and easier is to attend a bridal show. Bridal shows are your one-stop wedding-planning places to be!
There’s even more to a bridal show than you expect! Every bridal show, bridal expo, wedding event has the following:
- Caterers and bakers
- Photographers and videographers
- florists, choreographers, designers, & planners
- DJs & bands
- Reception venues such as hotels, golf courses, banquet halls, etc.
- Travel agents & airline representatives
- Stores that offer gift registries
- AND SO MUCH MORE!
When you are at the bridal show, you will:
- sample cake-tastings
- view wedding fashion shows
- win prizes from vendors
- meet other brides and grooms
- walk away with your wedding, honeymoon, and future home planned!
Do not let this overwhelm you. There are many bridal shows that range in attendance and exhibitors. If you attend national bridal shows, do not be discouraged by the long lines—every exhibitor is worth visiting. If you plan on having your wedding in a smaller city or town, do consider going to the nearest bridal show. Many vendors will travel to your wedding location and you and significant other will have the ultimate wedding experience.
Couples, try to attend bridal shows together to take advantage of the numerous special offers ONLY available at bridal shows. However, if you are pressed for time or the both of you cannot attend the show together; do your research at home together in advance. Each bridal show should release a list of exhibitors that are going to be at that bridal show. Find exhibitors on that list that you want to meet after reviewing their portfolio or ratings online. Pick two or three choices in case your first selection does not work out.
What about life after the wedding? Bridal shows include honeymoon and gift registry vendors. You and your future spouse need to plan the romantic getaway. Speak with travel agents and airline representatives after you visit the wedding vendors’ booths. Travel agents offer great package deals and airline representatives offer credit cards where you can earn free flights. Want that perfect well-furnished home? Consult the stores that offer gift registries. Find out if they offer any additional perks such as discounts on gift registry items that you didn’t receive from your guests.
Overall, to save time and eliminate stress, attend a bridal show! EVERYONE in the bridal show and wedding industry wants you to have the ultimate wedding whatever your budget and preferences may be. So team up with wedding pros you meet at bridal shows. You will not go home disappointed; you will go home with a successfully planned wedding, honeymoon, and future home of your dreams!
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