The idea for this post popped into my head when I was brainstorming up blog ideas. The months of January – March are the most popular times for bridal shows and expos. The interwebs contain lots of information about how to prepare for and get the most out of a wedding expo. However, I didn’t find any that addressed what you should do once you’ve been to one!
So, here are my thoughts on what to do with that filled-up bag adorned with “bride” on the side!
- TAKE A QUICK BREAK.
The show was bustling with people – lots of food, music, even dessert! It’s been a long day! You’re probably tired. Plop that bag on the couch, grab a cold drink to rehydrate, and put those feet up for few minutes!
2. MAKE SOME NOTES.
Don’t put off going through all those goodies too long! Try to do it the same day or night if you can!
When you’re ready, pull out each piece of material and make some notes! For example, if you liked a particular floral piece or a food item or cake flavor that blew your mind, write that down! Don’t forget to note who you liked talking to – your vendor’s personality matters! You need a team around you who you like AND trust on your wedding day!
3. GET ORGANIZED.
Pinterest is great for your digital ideas but what about all the physical items you’re collecting – you need a system!
For under 50 dollars, you can set up a great planning binder! All you need is a large 3 ring binder, tab dividers, and clear sleeves.
Label your tab dividers for each type of vendor (i.e. florists, DJ’s, photographers, etc.), separate each pamphlet, flyer, business card and give each vendor their own sleeve for their info!
4. REACH OUT!
After you’ve organized, you need to open lines of communication!
Perhaps you need more pricing information or a more custom quote for wedding day services! Don’t put it off! Once you’ve got the information you need, it’s to your advantage to move quickly to utilize any discounts or savings. I totally understand having a budget to stick to and most specials are usually only for a limited time!
If you’ve decided you love a certain vendor and want to work with them – get in touch! Someone else may want to book your favorite vendor too!
5. MOVE FORWARD WITH YOUR PLANNING!
Hopefully, you’ve found a few vendors that you love through this process and have contracted them for your wedding day. What if you are still missing some vendors, though?
Figure out what vendors you still need and start your process again. Ask for recommendations from friends, search on The Knot or Wedding Wire, Google those types of vendors in your area! Perhaps you need to go to another bridal show!
UPCOMING BRIDAL SHOWS IN THE CENTRAL VIRGINIA AREA:
February 15th, 2020: Winridge Manor BIG Valentine’s Day Engagement Party https://www.facebook.com/events/533808067400302/
February 16th, 2020: The Lynchburg Greater Virginia Bridal Show https://vabridemagazine.com/lynchburg-bridal-show-february-16-2020/
February 23, 2020: Roanoke Bridal Expo https://www.roanokebridalexpo.com/
February 23, 2020: The Richmond Greater Virginia Bridal Show https://vabridemagazine.com/richmond-bridal-show-february-23-2020/
March 17, 2020: I Do! Southwest Virginia Wedding Expo https://www.facebook.com/events/southwest-virginia-higher-education-center/i-do-southwest-virginia-wedding-expo/356278991862127/