Get the Most Out of a Bridal Show or Wedding Expo

Did you join the list of celebrities who got engaged over the holidays? If so, it’s time to start thinking about your wedding.

Going to bridal shows or wedding expos for ideas and assistance is an excellent idea. But while they’re great resources, they can be overwhelming.

These tips will help you get the most out of your time and energy at a show:


  • Check out the show schedule in advance. Is there going to be a fashion show or other demonstrations? Know when, so you won’t miss something you want to see.
  • Dress comfortably. This is research time, not your big day, so don’t be too focused on how you look. You’re going to be on your feet, so wear comfortable shoes. The temperature of the venue may be unpredictable, so consider wearing layers in case you get warm or cold.
  • Bring someone with you. You’ll enjoy and get more out of the show more if you have a companion to help you carry things (you’re likely to pick up plenty of samples), brainstorm, and keep track of what you learned. Your maid of honor, mother of the bride, or another close friend or relative are all good candidates for this important job.
  • Enter the contests. Yes, when you enter a contest, you have to give your personal information and you’re going to get on some mailing lists. But you could win some pretty cool prizes. Bring a set of peel-off labels with your name, address, e-mail, phone number and wedding date to make filling out the forms easier. And if you’re really concerned about the junk mail, rent a post office box temporarily and set up a special email address for this purpose.
  • Some wedding professionals may offer Show-only specials. If you want to take advantage of those make sure you are comfortable with them. Pay the retainer fee with a credit card rather than a check so you have the protection of the credit card company should something happen.
  • Have your calendar with you so you can schedule follow-up appointments with vendors.
  • If you’ve chosen your colors, bring fabric swatches or ribbons with you to help suppliers such as caterers, bakers, and florists make effective suggestions.
  • Pick up all the information you can. Take all the business cards, brochures, magazines, and other information you are offered. Even though you might not think you want a particular service or feature, you could change your mind, so get the information while it’s available.


At Marc Burgess Productions, our team of professional DJs in Central Florida is committed to making your special day everything you’ve dreamed of and more. If you have a bridal show tip, please share it.

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