January 05, 2017

Tips For Attending A Wedding Show

If you're newly engaged, congratulations! This is no doubt an exciting time and one of the best ways to plan for your wedding is by attending a bridal show. It's a chance to meet wedding vendors like DJs, caterers, photographers, and planners just to name a few.

The biggest wedding show in Raleigh is happening this weekend, January 7th and 8th. The Forever Bridal Wedding Show is massive. It's rows upon rows of beautiful vendor booths that will stimulate your senses. There's awesome cake and food to try and beautiful wedding gowns to check out. You may feel overwhelmed if you've never been to a show like this. I know I was overwhelmed as a vendor the first time I went in 2006. I've learned so much since then and here are a few tips to help you have a great time without being stressed out.

1) Wear comfortable shoes. Yes fashion is important to a lot of us but this is not the time to wear the highest stiletto in your closet. Even if they're comfortable, the walk from the parking lot to the Jim Graham Building will likely be long, the floor inside the Jim Graham building is concrete, and seating is limited. A better choice is cute flats with support or low wedges.
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2) Get a sitter.  Even the most well behaved children will likely get antsy. It can be a long day and there's really nothing at the show that will appeal to children. They may like eating cake but in all honesty, those samples are for brides and grooms to try, not to pacify crying children. Children always have to use the bathroom (at least mine does). The bathrooms are at the front of the building. Who wants to have to head toward the front of the building for a bathroom break after you've made your way through the crowd to finally get some face time with the vendor you wanted to talk with the most?
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3) Make pre-printed contact information labels. Most vendors will want to contact you. That's the whole point of the show, right? Vendors will want to know your wedding date, phone number and email address. Save yourself from carpel tunnel syndrome and make labels with as much information as you're comfortable sharing. This will make it easier on your wrist and ensure that your information is legible for the vendors who will contact you after the show. They'll share information about their services, deals and booking.
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4) Be open to conversation. The vendors have put a lot of time, effort and money into trying to get your business. They are there to woo you. Engage in conversation with vendors and find out if they're a good fit for you. If you're not interested in a particular vendor or service it's perfectly fine to say "no thank you" or "I've already booked that service." That's a clear cue to a vendor to back off.
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I'll be at the show with my husband Randal (DJ 360) representing our family business 360 Elite Entertainment. We're a DJ company first. We also provide uplighting, and I teach first dance and parent dance choreography. I'm also a Day-Of Wedding Coordinator. Please stop by and say hello.

Happy Planning!

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