It’s wedding show season, which means it's time to grab your best pal, your mom, and your significant other (if he or she is willing) and head to the expo centers for an afternoon of matrimonial mania. But before you go, plan your attack. Instead of allowing the frenzy of vendors and other brides to overwhelm you, follow these five tips on how to tackle a wedding show the right way.
Bring a notebook and bag to put your goodies/business cards in. Though some shows provide you with a bag to stash all the goodies you’ll collect, you may want your own special place to tuck away any cards/coupon of vendors who really catch your eye.
Bring Preprinted Address Labels.
Nearly every vendor will ask for your contact info, so instead of repeatedly writing your digits, save time (and a hand cramp) by simply sticking them with your label. On it, you’ll want to put your contact information, your wedding date, and if you’re a straight shooter, your budget.
Plan Your Attack.
If there are specific vendors that you want to meet, make a list of them and determine the best route to tackle them all. If you’re just going for ideas, still try to think about the areas of your wedding where you actually need help/a vendor. If you know you’ll go with your family photographer, skip those stations and focus on vendors you might actually hire.
Make a Wedding Email Address.
Remember that address label we talked about? Instead of giving them your personal contact info (because they will contact you), create an inbox that’s primary purpose is your wedding. This could also be used for RSVPs as you get closer to the date. If you’re going with a traditional RSVP card for your wedding invite, it’s a great response option for the rehearsal dinner as well.
It’s fun to make an afternoon out of going to lunch and the show with your pals, but there are so many snacks available, you don’t want to head into it full! Instead, plan to grab a snack/drinks afterwards, so you’ll have room for all those samples. Cake tasting is a tough part of wedding planning, but somebody’s gotta do it.