Attending a bridal show is a great idea. You will have a chance to meet many of the vendors that you are interested in booking and you can see for your self how creative they are when it comes to decorating their booths. Additionally you can see their work displayed for you. Photographers will have their best pictures out to display, Cake vendors will have their best display cakes and maybe a few samples for you to taste, Linen Companies will have their most popular linens on display, Dress and Tuxedo shops will have the new fashions out for you to look at, and most importantly, everyone will be offering some type of discount or promotion for their services.
Sow how do you get the best out of a Bridal Show?
Here are 10 Tips that will help you enjoy the bridal show,Â get organized and save money
Pre-Register Before the Show
Save time and money by registering online through most bridal shows.Â By registering online, you avoid the lines and having to fill out long forms and some bridal shows give you a discount if you buy your tickets online.
By arriving early at the bridal show you have several benefits:
(a.) You will be one of the first to go in and see everything still in tact and well organized
(b.) You will avoid the crowds
(c.) Be able to spend a bit more time with vendors
(d.) Not have to stand for soo long waiting for a vendor to talk to you.
Be prepared to spend more time than you anticipate at the bridal shows, especially the big ones. Wearing comfortable shoes and clothes will make your day less painful and stressful.
Be Prepared to spend most of your day there
Chances are you will want to see 2 or 3 vendors of every service you still need for your wedding. And you probably want to spend a few minutes talking to each vendor, asking questions about their services, packages, pricing and options they have. That’s going to take more time as the day rolls along and more people start to attend the show.
Bring a Notebook and a Pen or Pencil
Prepare yourself with a few questions you may have for each vendor that you want to interview. Additionally, be prepared to write down some of the things you like as well as dislike about each vendor. Maybe they say something you really like and want to remember which vendor mentioned it.. if you write it down you can always come back to it and give credit to the right vendor. On the other hand, if a vendor mentions something you don’t agree with, make sure you take not of it.Â If they give you an unbelievable deal, make sure you write it down so you can reference it later on when you meet them. We vendors are human and can forget sometimes when we make a special offer for a special occasion.
Set up Alternative Contact Info
Set up an new Gmail address for your wedding and something new from Google.com is Google Voice.Â This is pretty neat and I love it… It the exact same concept of email, but with voice. Google.com will give you for free, a local phone number that you can use to receive voicemails, and check them from you computer, your cell phone, or any other phone. Another great feature about Google Voice is that you will receive an email notification to your Gmail account with a written transcript of your voicemail. The features are endless so check it out! Google Voice Link.
Contact Information Labels
Many vendors want your information, and in return they may be having a drawing, a special discount, or both. Print out some address labels with the following on them.
Both Names, ex. Maria Martinez & Kenneth Smith
Wedding Date,Â ex. 09-25-2010
An email Address, ex. [email protected]
A Phone Number, Google Voice, Cell or home phone number
Do Your Research
Find out what services you still need to book, find out which vendors are going to be attending, check out their websites and what they have to offer, see pictures of their previous work and get as much information on them beforehand. Prices, packages, booth number, etc…
Bring Your Check Book
Many wedding vendors offer an additional discount if you book their services at the bridal show. So be prepared to make a decision and put down a deposit. It’s also a great idea to bring anyone that will be involved with the decision making and who may be helping you pay for your wedding.
Bring Your Camera
It’s a good idea to take pictures of the things that you see and like from your favorite vendors.
I hope these tips help you save some money on your wedding, get you organized, and make your day enjoyable!
|o| Simply Frank |o|
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