Bridal shows are presented all over the world and are designed to provide the bride with many options and ideas for her big day. Are they worth attending? Absolutely, they are! It is a chance for you to see the hottest trends, colours and designs available. You get to meet so many vendors and have a one-on-one conversation with them.
With such a captive audience, most vendors want to display their very best. They usually offer great deals or upgrades if you book with them. Having said this, always make sure to follow-up with that vendor after the show and never give a deposit without a contract in return.
Many vendors will also have great door prizes or a draw at their booth. I would suggest bringing pre-labelled addresses so you can just stick your label on the ballot. This will save time and energy, and give you more time to check out the goodies!
When registering for a bridal show, a database is formed so be aware that you will most likely receive a follow-up letter or emails following the show. You may be inundated with emails and it may seem like a nuisance but you never know what kind of further specials or deals these vendors may send you. We strongly suggest to set up a separate email for all your wedding contacts. This makes it so much easier for you to keep track of things and once the wedding is over you can delete your account if you choose.
Many brides either take their fiance, mother or bridesmaids along. It is always fun to have friends to chat with to help you decide on ideas. Make a fun day or night of it and head out for a meal after. This will give you time at the table to review all the material and goodies you may have received.
I would definitely recommend attending a bridal show or two at some point in your planning process. The benefits could be greater than you’d imagine!