Wedding planning and bridal shows can be VERY fun and exciting, if you do a few things to organize yourself before you jump in! When you are planning on attending a bridal show as a participant and before you sign up for lots of vendor information online, set up an email address that is wedding-only! That way you won't get your personal or work email filled to the brim with wedding offers and information. You can go into that email whenever you are doing wedding planning. Once you have signed with a vendor, then give them your personal email address. Before you attend a bridal show, really think through how you would like wedding vendors to follow up with you and ONLY give out that information.
Meet with a bridal consultant before attending shows (or just after) and ask her to help you plan a strategy for follow-up with vendors and to help you set up a budget. Or better yet, ask her for her recommendations on vendors and then go to the show with more of an eye to looking at the displays for ideas and relaxing to enjoy the day rather than feeling like you have to see all the vendors. When at the Bridal Show, don't assume that all that you see is all the vendor can do - a florist can only have so many flowers in their display, a photographer only so many photos, etc. Take time to talk with them and find out more about them. And pay attention to the ones who ask you about your wedding, and don't just talk about themselves! When you meet a vendor that you really like, go ahead and ask them to schedule an appointment, that way they won't get lost in the sea of vendors that you see at the larger shows. Take a camera and take photos of the visual displays you like so that you will remember them, and take a photo of the vendor name just after so you won't have to remember where you saw it.
Check with the wedding vendors you have already connected with and find out where their booth is so that you can make sure to stop by. You'll be able to enter any drawing or giveaway they have and find out about specials. You can also ask them for referrals for who to stop by and see. I hope these tips are helpful for you! What other questions do you have about this topic? Or what are your tips?
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