Tips for Tackling Bridal Shows
Whether you visit a large wedding show with rows of vendors in decked-out booths and on-stage fashion events, or an intimate open house, it’s a great idea to attend a few bridal events in the planning process.
Large wedding events, like three of Forever Bridal‘s at the NC State Fairgrounds, have over 100 vendor exhibitors to give you an abundance of inspiration and comparison. The smaller shows are sprinkled throughout the year and may have a handful to a few dozen vendors to meet while getting a closeup view of the hosting venue. Most events come with plenty of eye-candy and even food samples. Attending a few will help you get a grasp on the full spectrum of to-dos and gather ideas and hopefully, you’ll also click with a few vendors.
After reading our tips for tacking bridal shows, head over to our Shows & Events page and see what events are coming up!
Do’s and Don’ts of Attending Bridal Shows
DO – Some basic wedding planning in advance, if possible. Having a grasp on the guest count, approximate budget and style of the reception you’d like to have will make your experience much more worthwhile.
DO – Decide what you’re looking for before you get to the show – be it venue options or floral inspiration and schedule enough time to get to those vendors.
DON’T – Bring the whole family. It’s smart to invite your right-hand planner, like your fiancé, mother or maid of honor; but it’s best to leave your entire bridal party, extended family, and young children behind.
DO – Bring custom labels and include a special “wedding email address” to use as an account devoted to your wedding planning for your and your fiancé to access. This will prevent your personal inbox from getting overloaded. If you participate in registering, you may get special deals and discounts sent to you.
DON’T – Come expecting to be fed a meal. Only a handful of vendors offer food and drink at their booths, and it’s usually small samples like mini-cupcakes, appetizers or a scoop of ice cream.
DO – Care out a few hours to spend at the event, so you can take your time and can see as many vendors as possible. Enjoy the fashion presentations and audience games.
DON’T – Be shy! Ask questions, collect the packaging and pricing information you need, take photos of inspirational ideas and have fun!
DO – Come visit us! At many of these events Southern Bride and Groom has a booth! Come by – even if you have a magazine already, you can say hi and register for our exclusive giveaways we offer to show attendees!