If you're newly engaged, then you may want to consider attending one (or several) bridal expos to assist you in finding your perfect wedding vendors. Bridal expos can also be an excellent way for you to learn more about current trends, as well as sign up for free giveaways and contests. Before you buy tickets to your first Bridal Expo, however, there are some things to keep in mind.
Create a Wedding E-Mail Address
If you plan on giving vendors any of your contact information or would like to sign up for any contests, consider making an e-mail address specifically for wedding-related correspondence. You'll more than likely receive follow-up e-mails from every vendor you give your contact information to, and you may not want those e-mails clogging up your everyday inbox.
Score Free Admission Tickets
While you can purchase tickets to a bridal expo, there's a good chance you get score free admission with a little bit of research. Many vendors will give away free tickets in the weeks leading up to a show, so don't hesitate to reach out. This can actually save you a lot of money if you are planning on bringing several of your bridesmaids or family members to the event with you.
Don't Bring Your Entire Wedding Party
Speaking of tag-alongs, be choosy about who you bring to the expo with you. It may be tempting to invite every one of your bridesmaids and several members of your family, but keep in mind that these shows are heavily attended as it is. The more people you have with you, the more opinions you're going to have to filter through and the more potential for stress there is. By bringing just a couple of close friends or relatives, you may have a better time.
Be Sure to Take Plenty of Notes
Most vendors will probably have brochures or other information you can bring home with you, but it's never a bad idea to bring a notepad and paper to jot down some notes of your own. For larger vendors, you may also want to consider writing down the names of any employees you speak with to refer to later.
Attending a bridal show can be a wonderful experience and help you get some great ideas for your big day. To make the most of your experience, be sure to keep these simple yet important tips in mind!