This weekend I attended a bridal show called the Midwest Rentals Bridal Affair.
Being in a small town, I thought this would be a small-scale event, but I was pleasantly surprised!
There were nearly 100 different vendors offering a variety of services: florists, photographers, catering & cake, hairstyles and honeymoons – basically anything a bride could need
Prepare for crowds
I have only been to two bridal shows (one was last year when I was my best friend’s Maid of Honor) but both were very crowded. Some brides may bring one person – mom or maid of honor, but others will bring their entire bridal entourage!
Free cake samples!
Bakeries are sure to be at a bridal show and usually they offer free samples of wedding cake – be sure enjoy the sweet treats. Also, many vendors will have other free gifts like candy, ink pens, and tote bags, so don’t be shy!
Enter to win
Lots of the vendors will have raffles to win free items or discounts on their services. This usually requires providing your name, email and/or telephone number. Enter any raffle you are interested in winning, but be selective in giving out your contact information. Keep in mind that you may get advertisement emails and phone calls from the vendors even if you don’t win.
Look at photo albums for inspiration
Whether or not you have your photographer booked, take a look at the sample wedding albums they bring to give you ideas of poses or local locations for your wedding photos.
Know what you need
Depending on what stage you are in in the wedding planning process, you may have some of your details in place already. If this is the case, you can narrow your focus to only the vendors you still need. For example, I already had my venue, DJ, and photographer, but I still needed to find a florist, and linen rentals.
Have you been to a Bridal Show? How was your experience?
Do you have any tips to share?