Real Advice: Navigating a Bridal Show

It’s bridal show season here in the prairies. These events are a great place to get face time with many vendors for your big day all under one roof. The experience can be a little overwhelming so we have curated a little list of advice to help you get through the day.

Choose the right show for you. 2018 is a very good year to be getting married in Saskatchewan as there are so many wedding shows to choose from. Look into those available in your area and head to those that have the vendors you most want to check out.  Two bridal shows coming up in Saskatoon this weekend are the Not Your Average Bridal Show and Once Upon a Bride.

Check the vendor line-up. Before heading out to the show check out the event’s website. Take note of which vendors to expect. This way you can make a bee-line over to the ones that are on your must-see list before the show gets too busy.

Know your wedding budget. Hands down this is one of the best tips we can give. When you have many vendors readily accessible at an event like this, things can get a little hectic. If you know how much you are willing to spend on each area of your wedding day it will help you decipher what vendors are the best fit for you.

Ask questions. The vendors are there for you to ‘interview’ in a sense. Ask all the questions. Don’t hesitate. This is your time to get front and centre with people you want to be a part of your day. It is a great way to see if the two of you are going to be a good fit.

Be patient. These events are busy. Take your time at each booth. If there is a vendor who always seems busy every time you walk past, you might have to get in line and wait your turn. Hot tip: if you are not interested in seeing the fashion show during a bridal show, head over to the booths then. You will have the vendors all to yourself as everyone else is watching the dresses on the catwalk.

Collect the info. Vendors always have handouts at their booths. Take the information and make notes on it if you need. There is nothing worse than getting home and not remembering the name of someone you met that day and thought they would be perfect to book.

 

Photo credit: Nicole Gerhardt Photography

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