How to Get the Most out of a Wedding Show
Fun 107's Wedding Show returns this Sunday at White's of Westport. Here are a few tips to get the best bang for your buck while you're there.
If you're attending the Fun 107 Wedding Show this Sunday, you are going to have the pick of some of the SouthCoast's most desired wedding vendors. This could make a massive impact on your wedding day.
But how can you best maneuver the event to make sure you get everything you need out of it?
These helpful bridal show hints below may help.
As far as specifics for this year's Wedding Show, please note the following:
- The last chance to preregister for the Fun 107 Wedding Show is Friday, January 25 at noon.
- Doors will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Take note that this is a different window than previous years.
- All members of the bridal party including the bride must pay the $6 ticket price.
- There will be a coat room with coat check available.
- No snacks or refreshments available, although The Galley Grille will be open for lunch and dinner.
- We encourage you to bring stickers with your name, address, phone number, wedding date and email address on them and have your calendar available to make appointments with your potential vendors.
- Be sure to check out the Showcase Room featuring all of the Fun 107 Wedding Show's premier sponsors.
Research the Show
We've let you know who is coming to our show, so you can check them out a bit beforehand. Know what things you still need to plan for your big day and which of the vendors at our event you most want to talk to. That'll cut down on wandering time when you arrive and allow you to get down to business.
Have a List of Questions
Once you've checked No. 1 off your list and you know who you want to talk to, also make sure you know what you want to talk to them about. What things are you looking for? What are your must-haves? Write down some questions and ideas to ensure the vendors you talk to have everything you want and need.
Seek Out the Showcase Room
This will be your chance to see some of the grand displays and interact with the premier vendors at the Wedding Show.
Come Early and Be Ready to Chat!
There are a lot of vendors to see this Sunday at White's of Westport and you don't want to run out of time during the show and not get to them all. So make sure you give yourself plenty of time to talk with everyone you still need to check off your list (doors open at 11:30 a.m.). Be ready to strike up the conversation with these vendors, too. Everyone wants to help you have the best wedding day, so say hello and get that ball rolling!
See Everyone at the Show
Don't skip a booth just because you don't think you need them. Prioritize so you see everyone you do need first, but make sure to at least stop by the other vendors as well. You never know when things will change and their services will be exactly what your looking for!
Bring a Camera
In case you don't have a photographic memory, you may want to use the phone on your camera to help you keep everything straight. There will be lots of vendors to talk to, so capture the booth of the ones you really liked so you can remember them. These photos may help jog your memory later too, helping you remember a great idea talking with this vendor gave you or a part of their display you want to have at your wedding.
Bring Your Fiancé
We don't call it a bridal show anymore for a reason! Guys should be involved, too (it's his big day too after all). You should also try to stay together while making your way through. It could be difficult afterward if you liked one vendor and he liked another. Walking through as a pair helps to make decisions as a pair.
Bring along a small notebook or at least a pen to mark business cards or similar items. Having notes about what you liked and didn't like about a vendor will save you time after the show when you're planning follow-up calls.
Try Not to Make Snap Decisions
Don't just walk away after a quick look. Let each vendor talk with you a bit, give you info on what they have to offer and maybe even offer some bridal show discounts. The vendors will most likely be talking to lots of couples and saying the same things over and over, so give them a minute to try and sum up everything they've got going on for you. You may be surprised at who appeals to you.
Bring Address Labels
Don't waste your time writing your name over and over again. Many vendors will have a mailing list you can sign up for or offers you can get registered for. If you're interested and want to sign up for as much as you can, be prepared with printed address labels, so you can slap them on and go!