Bridal shows. They’re everywhere these days! From the super high end to the ones advertised with the colorful posters stapled to poles around town, they can all be useful if you know what you’re looking for, and where to look. Some dos and dont’s:
DO have specific areas of research picked out for the day. Wandering from table to table oohing and aahing will win you first class tickets to Indecisive Island. You need to focus on one or two areas and spend time with those vendors.
DON’T have unrealistic expecatations. A caterer will not bring every hors d’oeuvre they make. Salons won’t schlep haute couture gowns to the Ramada Inn. Bridal shows are meant to give you a tempting taste the vendors. Make an appointment to experience the whole dish.
DO pay attention to the way people relate to you. Having your vendors “get” you is priceless. You can tell a lot about someone by watching how they interact with perspective brides and fellow vendors. If they are pleasant on a long day, greeting tons of people, answering boatloads of questions, you’ve got a real contender.
So do attend the bridal shows, they can be a great overview of the World of Weddings. Or the Whirl of Weddings. Depends on the show – and they can both be fun!
PS – We’ll Keep you posted on a show we’ve got coming up with Desert Bride and Kathy Ireland!