Bridal shows can be overwhelming – and it is hard to know where to start! There are several to attend, with so many vendors present and an abundance of flyers with information to absorb. So, how do you know how to approach a bridal show and how can you get the most from these events?

To be prepared for the day, take a look at some of our helpful hints below:

1) Do some pre-show prep – it might sound ridiculous, but take a look at the show map and vendor list before hand. It might even help for you to print the map – and make some pre-notes before the show. Star any of the vendor spots you know you want to visit, and write down any preliminary questions you might have. The day will be exciting and overwhelming, so it’s always good to go in with a solid game plan!

2) Print contact labels – although not every vendor will have a paper draw (digital is much easier – with less room for error, and a time saver!), some will. You’ll want to be prepared to have some contact information stickers pre-printed. However, be discretionary on who you are giving your contact information to – they will follow up, as giving your contact is a sign that you are genuinely interested in their product.

3) Bring a notebook – have your MOH take brief notes of conversations you’ve had with vendors as you go along. Come prepared with questions you want to have answered – and make notes of what you want to follow up with with each vendor. You can even make brief notes on each of the vendor’s business cards. It will help when sifting through the pile of marketing material the next day!

4) Wear flats and dress comfortable – it is going to be a long day, and you are going to want staying power to be able to visit the hundreds of vendors! The average person spends 3 to 5 hours at the show, so you’ll want to be comfortable.

5) Bring colour samples and swatches – It’s easier to coordinate accessories for the bridal party or match the colors of your flower arrangements with wedding cake decor if you bring sample color swatches for vendors to see and make suggestions. Vendors love seeing inspiration and can often help you brainstorm some ideas right on the spot!

6) Follow up with vendors quickly – remember that the best vendors will book up quickly, especially with the influx of brides after a bridal show, so it is best to follow up with the vendors that you’re interested in as quick as possible. Ask the questions that you didn’t get to at the Bridal Show, and ask about availability right away. You can even schedule a meeting with them via email the day after the show.

7) Honesty is the best policy – after the show, you will get emails from all the vendors who you gave your contact information to, in order to enter their draw. If they contact you, please respond, even if you’re no longer interested in their services. It’s okay to let them know right off the bat you have chosen another direction. They will appreciate the honesty and the time saved, and you save your sanity by not getting hounded!

Upcoming shows:

1) Bridal Expo

Event Location: BMO Centre – Stampede Park, Calgary Alberta

Event Date: Sunday, September 18th, 2016.

Event Time: 10 am to 5 pm.

Number of Vendors: 150+

Event Core Members there:

  • The Tea Wagon – Booth #23 – Serving Hot Tea & Giving away a $50 Tea credit
  • Chair Flair – Booth #5 – Giving away $250 towards Bridal bouquets & $350 toward cotton candy cart booking
  • Epic Events – Booth #5 – Giving away $250 towards Bridal bouquets & $350 toward cotton candy cart booking
  • The Sugar Cube – Booth #5 – Sampling Cotton Candy & $350 toward cotton candy cart booking
  • Boutiq Weddings and Events – Booth #129
  • Glimpz Invitations
  • Cakes with Attitude

2) Brides2B

Bridal Expo Event Location: Grey Eagle Resort & Casino Calgary, Alberta

Event Date: Sunday, September 25th, 2016.

Event Time: 12 am to 6 pm.

Number of Vendors: 50+

Event Core Members in attendance:

  • Milky Way Films – Booth #105
  • Grey Lily Photography – Booth #328 – Find her to see what she is giving away 😉
  • Chair Flair
  • Hi-Tech Productions

 

3) Event Core Grand Opening

Bridal Expo Event Location: Unit 9, 11651 40th Street SE Calgary, Alberta

Event Date: Sunday, September 25th, 2016.

Event Time: 10 am to 3 pm.

Number of Vendors: 25+

All Members in Attendance – or at least access to their contact information!

 

4) BigDay Garden Bridal Show

Bridal Expo Event Location: The Lougheed House – 707 13 Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta

Event Date: Sunday, September 18th, 2016.

Event Time: 12 am to 4 pm.

Number of Vendors: 50+

Event Core Members in Attendance:

  • Chair Flair
  • Epic Events
  • The Sugar Cube

 

5) The Boutique Wedding Market

Bridal Expo Event Location: The Hemingway Room at The Commons {1204 20 Ave SE}

Event Date: October 1st and 2nd.

Event Time: 10 am to 4 pm.

Number of Vendors: 15+

Event Core Members in Attendance:

  • Grey Lily Photography
  • Flash Co Photo Booth
  • The Tea Wagon

 

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