the Top 20 MUST DO first Show Guide
by Laurette Veres, Producer of the Bridal Extravaganza Show
There is a way to plan the wedding of your dreams in one weekend. The Bridal Extravaganza Show lets you meet and ask questions of wedding professionals ranging from DJs to Photographers, and everything in between. You’ll see fashion shows, gowns galore, and meet more wedding vendors than you could possibly get to any other way.
You are coming to the show to 1. Gather information 2. compare prices and services 3. register for prizes 4. see the latest fashions 5. get great new ideas and 6. all this while having a ball with your favorite planning pals.
1. Set your wedding date.
2. FIND AVAILABLE DATES: Some venues book out more than a year in advance, so you’ll want to find the perfect venue and secure it immediately. If you have not set your wedding date, look for wedding facilities and their available dates.
3. Attend with an open mind. You will be surprised what items grab your attention.
4. Bring your checkbook.Vendors often have show discounts if you book at their booth.
5. ASK QUESTIONS! This is your time to learn. It is a great time to get an ear full on products and services.
6. Visit every booth with an open mind. You might not be interested in a photo booth today, but you could change your mind tomorrow. You will have all the information you need.
7. Watch all the fashion shows. Notice how the gowns look, move, fit on the models and envision how they will look on you. Narrow down your options.
8. Plan to spend the entire day at the George R. Brown.
9. Walk up the aisle on one side, then down the other side of the same aisle. This way you will see every vendor in the show.
10. Snap photos of your favorite booths.
11. Bridal show 101: Put an A if you really like the vendor, B if you might be interested, then ignore or discard information from the rest.
12. Bring your calendar so you will have your bridal shower, rehearsal, wedding, and other important dates handy.
13. Create a special e-mail account dedicated to wedding planning. You can give this to vendors you meet at the show. Many will e-mail special offers to you.
14. Celebrate your status. Wear bride-to-be t-shirts, tiaras, corsages and more.
15. Be sure to say hello to any vendors you have already hired.
16. Don’t be overwhelmed! Have fun with the planning process.
17. Many exhibitors book up quickly on popular wedding dates, so don’t wait long after the show before you decide to call or utilize their services. Generally speaking, there is a rush of appointments immediately after a bridal show.
18. Attend with a plan. If you know you need a photographer, come to the show and book your photographer.
19. Take time and enjoy yourself. Be sure to taste some cake!
20. Sensible shoes, dress comfortably The George R. Brown is a big space
Photo Credits: Laurie Perez