Tips & Tricks

How to Prepare for a Bridal Show

Whether you are attending your first Bridal Show or your 10th, it’s always best to go prepared. The more you prepare beforehand, the less stressed you’ll be during and after the show, but most importantly, don’t forget to have fun!

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Before the Show

  • Do your research

    • Caterer, DJs, Photographers, Venues, etc.
    • Get a list of vendors who will be at the show and visit their websites prior to the show.
    • What packages do they offer? Where are they located? Etc.
    • Have a list of questions you’d like to ask them.
  • Pre-print labels with your name, address, email and phone number.

    • Almost every vendor will have giveaways which require you to fill out a form with your information.
    • Having these labels printed out already will give you more time to connect with vendors and visit every table.
  • Bring a small planner/notebook and calendar.

    • After the show, all of the vendors will seem to blend together.
    • Take small notes or circle dates which are important.
  • Dress for comfort

    • You’ll be on your feet for a while, make sure to wear comfortable shoes.
    • You may also want to have a quick snack before the show (if there is none being served).

During the Show

  • Manage your time wisely.

    • Allocate a certain amount of time to visit each vendor.
    • Don’t spend too much time talking to one.
  • Sample questions to ask:

    • Have you worked with my venue before?
    • How many weddings do you do per year?
    • Would I need any special permits?
    • Who will I personally be working with?
    • Can you accommodate dietary restrictions?
    • Do I need to book you now?
    • May I have your contact information? (if you’re interested)
  • Take notes!

    • Use the notepad/planner and calendar you brought to write down things that interest you and deter you from a certain vendor.
    • Keep an open mind.

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After the Show

  • Give yourself time to process all of the information you just obtained.
  • Later go back over your notes.
    • Review pamphlets/brochures and contact information.
    • Narrow down vendors who caught your eye.
    • Follow up with an email to the vendors who interest you (the sooner the better).
  • Organize each vendor on your list to make it easier to refer back to.
    • Their contact information, things you liked about them, prices, etc.
  • Share this information with your wedding planner, fiancée, family, etc. to get their opinion.
    • Maybe they have a question that you haven’t thought of yet to ask.
    • They may have experience with a vendor.

Now that you’ve got a game plan for preparing for a bridal show, you can be confident when speaking with vendors. Whether it’s your first bridal show or not, it’s important to be prepared.

Also check out our Bridal Show Pros & Cons.