When you first start planning your wedding, the list of things involved in the big day can feel seemingly endless. From the venue, photographer, food, rentals, music, photo booth, favors and more; not to mention what you will wear for the big day — the list of things to book or buy and decisions to be made goes on and on. Thanks to the advent of bridal blogs and wedding resources like The Knot, it's easier and more accessible than ever to do lots of research for your big day decisions online. But there's something to be said about the power of face to face interaction with potential vendors, so if you're hoping to make a more personal connection and be efficient with your planning efforts, you should definitely try to attend a bridal show in your area.
Bridal shows typically happen at large convention or conference centers where hundreds of vendors come together to put on a showcase for couples who are planning their weddings. It can be a great opportunity to chat with several vendors face to face, see if their work is a fit for your wedding vision, and make appointments to discuss things in further detail. Below, we share five reasons why attending a bridal show is a good idea (spoiler alert: they can save you money and time!)
5 Reasons Why You Should Attend a Bridal Show
1. Make a Personal Connection
When it comes to choosing your wedding vendors, you want to make sure that you not only like their work, but that the people you hire are people you will enjoy working with for an extended period of time during your engagement. Sometimes, making that personal connection with a caterer or florist who truly understands your vision will push them to the top of your list. Personality matters when you are spending 6-12 months working with someone, and trusting them with a very important day in your life.
2. Score a Deal
Take advantage of the opportunity to save with bridal show specials. If you've done a bit of research online prior to heading to a bridal show, you could go in knowing which vendors you are most interested in working with and score an awesome deal on someone you might have wanted to book, anyway! It never hurts to ask if a vendor is running a show promotion.
3. Get Advice
Many bridal shows will bring in expert presenters to share information to help you in planning your wedding. I recently spoke at the Northwest Bridal Showcase to share advice with couples on how to save money on their wedding day! Check out the websites for the bridal shows in your area to see what other sorts of programming or guests will be featured to make sure you're in attendance during those special events.
4. Win Prizes!
Many vendors offer show giveaways and prizes to potential couples who visit their booths. You can sign up for the chance to win all sorts of items for your wedding, from photography sessions to wedding cakes, to a free wedding dress! You can't win if you're not entered… so it's at least worth a shot, right? After all, nothing is more budget savvy than FREE.
5. Find Out What’s Trending
The best bridal shows bring together the very best vendors in a given area. The best vendors are typically up-to-date with the ever-changing trends of the wedding industry. Much like the fashion world, styles in the wedding world are constantly evolving, and often times vendors will showcase what's new and hot in their show booths to attract modern couples. Many bridal shows include a fashion show portion to showcase what's trending in the world of bridal fashion as well.
So if you're a bride-to-be, be on the lookout for bridal showcases in your area. The cost of admission is generally low, plus you'll likely get some tasty wedding cake samples.
- PS– if you're feeling overwhelmed by the thought of attending a bridal show, check out this other helpful post from us: Bridal Show Survival Tips
- Also, be sure to keep an eye out for these Bridal Show Scams.
Happy Wedding Planning!