If you will be attending the next Yakima Bridal Gala this is a great blog post by Yakima’s own Bella Moda Photography! You will find tons of tips below on how to get the MOST out of attending the bridal gala. The next Gala will be November 14th, 2015!
TIPS FOR ATTENDING A BRIDAL SHOW
Bridal shows are something that the majority of brides look forward to but they are not taking full advantage of. I’ve been a vendor at a lot of bridal shows in my career and I’ve put together some tips that will help you get the most out of a bridal show. Tip number one and the most important one….
Come early & don’t be in a rush. Plan to spend 2-3 hours at a bridal show in order to see all the exhibits and talk to vendors. Make a day of it!
If a show offers a pre-register option take full advantage of it so you can skip the paperwork the day of the show and get right into the show. Most bridal shows have a website so take advantage ahead of time and check out their vendor page. Take the time to see which vendors will be at the show. Look specifically for the one’s you still need and make a list of all the vendors then visit their websites and determine if you want to stop by their booth. Make sure to visit every vendor booth that offers services you still need. You may miss the very wedding service you were looking for if you try to wander from side-to-side. Having a game plan before attending the show is for sure the way to go.
You don’t want to waste any time talking with vendors whom you don’t feel are a good fit for you; it not only wastes your time but theirs as well. And only take pamplets or business cards from the vendors you are most interested in. You don’t need a lot of extra junk in your grab bag to sort through when you get home and those vendors would most likely prefer to give their information only to the brides who truely want it as they probably paid a lot of money for those flyers, pamplets & business cards. A great idea is to bring a camera or use the one on your phone to snap a photo of a booth that you want to remember. Photos will help jog your memory about something that grabbed your attention once you are home and reading through all the information you dumped into your grab bag.
Bring a list of questions to ask each of the vendors you are interested in. Don’t just rush by booths that have services you still need; this is how you miss out on amazing vendors and special discounts only offered the day of the show. If their product or service is one you still need and they are busy talking with someone else, stand close and just listen or make a point to wait to talk to them. Don’t just listen to sales pitches, ask questions as well, that’s what the vendors are there for.
Vendors want to help you but remember that you are under no pressure to buy from them, so find out everything you need to know. If you do find a vendor that you really love my advise is that you don’t let them slip away…I’ve seen this happen to many a bride and it’s the worst when you find out the vendor you wanted has been booked. Many vendors such as venue’s & photographers & DJ’s can only do one wedding per day and some will only do one wedding per weekend. So do bring your checkbook or a credit card in case you want to book any services at the show. Typically, most vendors require a small deposit ranging from $100-$500 to hold your date. You will often find great discounts that are available only on the day of the show.
It may seem a little overwhelming at the show, but most vendors love to spend time with you and answer your questions. They will talk to you about their services in as much detail as you want so take advantage of the opportunity to get all your questions answered. Bridal shows can be hectic and noisy, so if you find a vendor that you like, ask them if you can set an appointment to meet with them later if that is more your style.
Some vendors offer drawings for prizes or discounts. Bring address labels to save time in filling out registration blanks. Plus, if your name is drawn but they can’t read your information they will most likely draw another name. If you don’t bring labels, print very clearly when registering for anything and ONLY register from vendors you still need services from.
Lots of things happen at a bridal show from fashion shows to giveaways so staying for as much as the show as you can to see as much as you can and talk to as many vendors as you can is key to bridal show success. Remember, if you go in with a plan of action, you most likely will get most of your planning done in one afternoon or at least gather enough information to make an informed decision. Bridal shows are there for YOU the so enjoy the experience!
~ Wishing You A Happily Ever After ~
Bella Moda Photography