You're engaged and have decided to attend some of the upcoming bridal shows. Now what? How do you get the most out of the show? Just like the wedding, the bridal shows will go much smoother with a little planning. Be prepared before you attend to get the most out of each and every minute.
Top 10 tips for attending a bridal show:
THREE IS NOT A CROWD: Bring your fiance, parents, bridesmaids, friends and long lost relatives. They can help you cover twice the ground and offer opinions about the choices of wedding merchants. (Note: About 30% of fiancés attend, in spite of what yours may say! Last time I checked, men liked cake samples too.)
GET TIME ON YOUR SIDE: Plan to spend at least 2 hours so you can visit all the wedding vendors and see at least one fashion preview. You will regret it if you don't. No where else will you accomplish so much in so little time.
STICK IT TO WIN: Bring pre-printed address labels for prizes and giveaways. Many vendors hold drawings for trips, prizes, and discounts. Your labels save you from repeatedly writing your name and address. This saves time and ink. You can even print some of your own and include your email address.
DON'T FORGET YOUR WALLET: Bring your checkbook in case you might want to book services or hold dates with a deposit. The top photographers, caterers, florists, and DJs book up quickly.
BRING YOUR CALENDAR: With so much talent in one location, you are sure to find vendors you would like to schedule a one-on-one consultation with.
HAVE A PLAN: Know what you are looking for and have questions in mind. You will save time and see everything that’s important to you.
COMFORT MATTERS: Wear comfortable shoes. You will be doing a lot of walking and it's hard to concentrate on what you're doing with aching feet.
HAVE A BACK-UP PLAN: If you're out of town, send a substiute to to collect information on services you need and register you for prizes.
HAVE NO FEAR: Ask questions! The vendors are there to help you. You are under no pressure to buy from them, so find out everything you need to know. Most of the vendors have years of experience and can give you great and practical information.
KNOW YOUR OPTIONS: There are lots of shows scheduled from January - April each year. Know what's available. Some vendors and venues even host their own private shows. Check it out and make a schedule. That way you won't miss a thing.
Want to meet and greet with Mr. Burch Formal Wear? Check out the shows where we will be this season.
Tis the season for Bridal Shows. There are lots of bridal shows scheduled in the first quarter of the year but don't miss these amazing summer shows that are right around the corner. Take a look at the upcoming events.
A Bridal Affair
The Westin Birmingham
July 21, 2013 from 1-4pm
Birmingham Weddings & Celebrations along with The Westin Birmingham will host “A Bridal Affair” July 21, 2013, at the new Westin Birmingham. This will be a wedding event like no other in Birmingham. Brides will receive invitations to enjoy this exclusive event and bring attendees together with the premier wedding service professionals in Birmingham in a unique setting. Multiple event spaces, both inside and outside the hotel will provide each vendor the perfect backdrop to showcase their business and engage attendees.
The SOHO Bridal Show
August 4, 2013 from 1-4pm
Perfect Wedding Guide & Engaged Wedding Library will be hosting our 6th Annual SoHo Bridal Show Sunday, August 4, 2013 at Rosewood Hall in Downtown Homewood from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Come join over 50 of The Magic City’s FINEST Wedding Pros! SoHo Bridal Show is a boutique show designed with the bride in mind. There will be live music, food tastings, fabulous floral displays, and exciting giveaways that include $500 to Diamonds Direct!!!
Southern Bridal Show
August 25, 2013 from 12-5pm
Join us for the South's Elite Bridal Event since 1990...Brides are able to meetface to face with wedding professionals and find everything you need to create the wedding of your dreams! You can SEE a photographer's pictures, TASTEsamples of cakes and foods from the caterers, SEE your future gown and the tuxedo of your groom on the fashion show runway, LISTEN to the music of your DJ, VISUALIZE the flowers that you will be carrying down the aisle, GET IDEASfor your bridal registry, PLAN your honeymoon and so much more! See the South's most spectacular bridal fashion show production at 4:00pm with professional models, dancers, recording artists and live entertainment! In addition to getting lots of great ideas and seeing the latest trends, you will be able to save time and money while also having fun!
We look forward to seeing you at these upcoming bridal shows. Be sure to stop by and see us at our booth to find out how to get your groom's tuxedo for free. We can't wait to meet you.