“Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now”
To be completely & utterly honest here, I am not the biggest fan of attending Wedding Shows. This year marks the 3rd consecutive year that I have been to Canada’s Bridal Show at the Metro Convention Centre (twice as an MOH & now as the bride) & while I TOTALLY appreciate their purpose & the convenience of having about a bajillion vendors all in one confined space – not to mention, a few killer deals -it is also an extremely overwhelming & intimidating experience! Like very overwhelming. BUT – there are a few tips to keep in mind so that you can get the MOST out of your experience & really focus on snagging yourself quality vendors that you absolutely LOVE & are within your budget!
What to Do Before Attending Wedding Shows
1. Settle & Outline Your Budget
This is so incredibly important! You NEED to have a budget before you go – & I’m not just talking a generalized, “Oh this is what I’d like to spend on the whole wedding” kind of deal, I’m talking a detailed budget that outlines exactly what you want to spend on each & every single vendor. This will save you a TON of time & help you really zero in on the vendors that are within your price range! I cannot tell you how many times I simply kept on moving after taking a quick glance at a vendors price list.
Not to mention, I THINK I may have officially found our dream photographer! I am INCREDIBLY picky about photos so I was a little bit worried that I wouldn’t be able find what I was looking for in our budget, however this particular photographer was offering a Wedding Show Special on pricing, & after factoring THAT in he was right on budget… plus I could NOT be more obsessed with his photos & his whole vibe.
*** Insert major heart eye emoji’s! ***
Without knowing exactly what I wanted to spend on photography, I definitely would have been a little bit lost & overwhelmed… there are always SO many photographers at these wedding shows!!!
2. Research Vendors
Another REALLY important step! First you need to determine what you want to get out of attending the show. For example, I wanted to talk with venues, photographers & book a few dress appointments – & see if they offered any discounts on dresses for booking within a certain timeframe… which they did! I’ve pretty much figured out everything ELSE so I knew I didn’t have to spend any time invested at those particular booths.
THEN have a look at the listed vendors on the Wedding Shows’ website & write down a list of the ones that are of interest to you – be sure to note their booth number & visit their website to ensure they’re on budget & fit the vibe you’re going for!
This step is ALSO a major time saver!!
3. Buy Your Tickets Online
This one is more for convenience sake! I’ve typically never come across any major lines at Wedding Show ticket booths, but it’s always nice to show up to the show having already purchased your tickets online. It’s simply a step you can eliminate & cross off of your list… & if there DOES happen to be lines at the ticket booths, well then you’ve saved yourself a HUGE headache.
Not to mention in some cases, for certain shows, it’s also cheaper to just purchase your tickets online… so there’s also that!
4. Visit the Vendors during the Fashion Show
This is honestly my FAVOURITE tip! The Wedding Dress Fashion Shows at these Conventions are just not that important to me! I just don’t find it to be helpful or that I actually GET anything out of the Fashion Shows… sure they’re pretty & fun, but I feel like I’d rather ogle over the dresses in magazines, online or when I’m actually AT the bridal boutiques.
I’d rather take advantage of the fact that the vendor booths are now absolutely EMPTY because all of the bride-to-be’s are watching the shows! This is a GREAT opportunity to talk one on one with vendors intimately & not feel rushed, cramped or claustrophobic. I find that you get way more quality time with vendors this way… DO IT!
5. Wear Comfortable Clothing
You will be walking & on your feet… LOTS! It is so imperative that you go dressed in comfortable clothing & shoes. Despite what I said about not LOVING these shows, it is still a very exciting experience to be hunting for wedding inspo – so you want to actually feel comfortable & ENJOY your experience! Skip the stilettos on this one ladies… go for the sneakers!
Have you been to Wedding Shows? What are some of your tips?!