OK, so you have everything packed and ready to go… now what do you do BEFORE you go to a bridal show?
Wedding expos can be long! Having a game plan can set you up for a successful day.If you haven’t already, take a minute and head over to my previous post, “What to Bring” and then come back. It’s got some great info – specifically check out the section on the two bags. Just that one idea will save you a TON of time. Now, in order to make the wedding expo work as well for you as possible, there are a couple key things you need to know – especially, what do you do before you go to a bridal show show?
What to do BEFORE you head to the bridal show
Having a game plan ahead of time, and not just hopping into your car and driving to the expo will save you a ton of time, energy, and MONEY! What you do before heading to the bridal show can be just as beneficial as what you will see there. Here is a checklist of things you should definitely do before you go.
Create a wedding only email address to give out at the show
One thing everyone knows is, you are going to be receiving so many emails regarding your wedding! Having a wedding specific email is something to have just to keep your life together while planning your wedding, not just something to have for the wedding expo. You will be connecting with people, scheduling meetings, getting together with bridesmaids, all things you’ll want to keep in one place. Head over to Gmail and come up with a great way to combine your names and wedding date – you could even turn this into your wedding hashtag later on!
Map out your trip, and have a strategy
One of the most common phrases I hear early in the day is, “I’m so overwhelmed, I don’t know where to start.” When you are potentially heading to a convention center with hundreds of wedding professionals, and a few thousand other people, this can be a very easy feeling to experience. Quite often, the wedding expo will have a list of exhibitors on their website. Check out who’s going to be there, and know who you definitely want to talk to. You can even send out a couple preliminary emails to people you KNOW you will want to meet, get some basic info from them, and use the expo as a “name-to-face” scenario. You’ll be able to spend a little more time with the people you definitely want to get to know, and have more time to get that second sampling of cake!
Know what you want to accomplish at the bridal show
Decide which vendors you definitely want to talk to first, and go from there. Make a list of people you want to just get some basic info from, who you want to schedule a meeting with this week, and if there is a type of vendor you are ready to book AT THE SHOW. If you have a checklist of specific aspects of your wedding you want to focus on, you can spend the first half of the show knocking out checklists, and the second half gathering inspiration, taking pictures of centerpieces, watching the fashion show (I’ll get to that later) and just flat out getting excited about your day!
Be ready with questions you want to know from each vendor
Remember that notebook I told you about last post? Come up with different questions for each vendor you definitely want to know to help you decide on who to meet up with later. Have separate pages or sections per element of your wedding day, and go from there. Don’t know what questions to ask? Ask a friend who was recently married what questions they wish they would have asked and start there. Are you the first one in your friend circle to get married? Google can be a good resource to help navigate those uncharted waters, but some common sense is key. Start off with “best questions to ask a wedding (fill in the blank)” and go from there.
See if there are discounted tickets
Quite often, wedding expos give out discounted tickets on their website, and on occasion, free tickets to exhibitors to hand out ahead of time. Touch base with exhibitors and see if they have any discounted tickets, or buy your tickets online for a discounted price!!
This should set you up for success at tomorrow’s wedding expo! Now get some rest – tomorrow’s going to be a big day 🙂
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