When planning a wedding of whatever budget, there are some things you will always need. You can search the web, buy magazines, hire a coordinator, and visit a bridal show. I have been part of this industry for over 15 years. I have worked with brides and groom from all budget levels. Bridal shows are an important part and should be experience. At a bridal show you will see almost every thing you need for a wedding. The downfall of a bridal show is there is so much information thrown at you, that it can be overwhelming.
Some advices to make it simple; if you know what you are looking for, stay focused.
If you don’t know what you are looking for, walk through and absorb.
Take a look in as many wedding albums you can to get more ideas about planning your wedding.
Talk to photographers to get their ideas.
Of all the vendors at a wedding, a photographer is the one that experiences a complete wedding day of events.
They see the dress going on till the garter is tossed.
They see the venue and florist setting up and the food being served.
They photograph all the details and all the emotions.
They here all the different lines of entertainments and have heard all the best man toast you can think of.
Besides a wedding coordinator, the photographer is your best asset to talk about wedding ideas.
When checking out vendors at the show, come prepared with labels with your contact information including telephone, email and address, wedding date, and venue.
The labels can be pealed of and pasted on all the sign up forms you will find. Look at the quality of the brochure and see if there are any show specials.
This is a best time to book a vendor are set an appointment.
After the show, be prepared to get overwhelmed with emails, phone calls, and mailings.