The Value of Bridal Shows

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We are in the “bridal show season” in Northeast Florida – January, February and March is a great time of year to schedule a bridal show. Couples get engaged all year long, but Christmas, New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day are some of the most popular holidays for “popping the question.”

Bridal shows are a wonderful way for couples to gather information. Before you run around from one venue to another or make a dozen appointments with vendors, if you have the opportunity, attend a bridal show. Large expos, held at convention centers or very large hotels, with hundreds of vendors are a great opportunity to at least get a feel for style and personality of the wedding professionals you are looking for. It may seem overwhelming at first, but if you do a little planning, you can accomplish a lot and gather considerable information. There will be tables or booths representing every aspect of pre-wedding, wedding, and honeymoon. You will be able to get exercise tips and body wraps, taste appetizers and desserts, see beautiful photography and videos, talk to officiants and planners. See trends in gowns, tuxedos, decor. Get great DIY ideas. This is great one-stop window shopping – you don’t have to choose all your vendors at the show but it gives you a great showcase to begin making your decisions.

Don’t discount or avoid the small bridal shows. Typically held at a smaller venue with fewer vendors, these wonderful, intimate shows give you an opportunity to really talk to the wedding professionals you may be seeking. Look at the websites or Facebook pages of the expos or small shows and see which vendors are sponsors or participants. You may not want to get married at the venue that is hosting, but there may be several other vendors that you need who may be participating. Go to one big show and a couple small shows – you will get something out of each.

Both type shows are valuable and you can make the most of each by being a little prepared:

  • make a list of the which vendors you most want to see or talk to
  • print labels with your name, email, phone, wedding date to give to the vendors you really want to talk to or to enter giveaways
  • take a small notebook to make notes about vendors you like (or don’t like)
  • don’t try to explain all your wedding plans to the vendor at the show – make appointments with vendors you like
  • go through your swag bag at home – dump it out on the floor or table and go through it – there may be some treasures, discounts, fun stuff you can reuse

Vendors work hard to make these shows helpful and fun for couples planning a wedding. Enjoy their hard work and reap the benefits all on one fun-filled day!

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Ann Eastwick, a former paralegal for 30 years, is now a local wedding officiant who loves to work with couples to make their ceremony unique and special. When not performing weddings, she loves spending time with her grandsons and family at the beach.

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