It’s that time of year for engagements and sharing your joy with family and friends! Soon you’ll be in the midst of wedding planning or you may already be well on your way. One of the best things you can do to begin or solidify your wedding decisions is to attend Bridal Shows.
Why should you attend these shows? First, they are a fabulous place to meet vendors from every wedding category and get a feel for who is a possible good fit for you. Be sure to mark down your favorite 2-3 per category after you meet them. Then check out their websites and give them a call after the show. Most vendors are happy to offer a free meeting to answer questions.
Second, many Bridal Shows offer prizes that can help with your wedding budget. In addition, you can get discounts from vendors at the show, and usually a few days following the show. And there’s usually free swag. Never underestimate the benefits of these shows, particularly if you have never attended.
You can also get information on venue Open Houses at bridal shows. Open Houses allow you to meet vendors in a smaller setting, talk with them, and get a feel for wedding teams as many venues have preferred vendors who work well together. There are often venue tours during the Open Houses. They allow you to narrow down your choices, or in some cases, help make your final decisions.
One of the most well-known Bridal Shows is The Pink Bride Bridal Show. The date for the Knoxville, TN show is January 8, 2017 from 11am-4pm at the Knoxville Convention Center. You can learn more about this and other shows on their website.
Bridal Shows can be loads of fun if you have a plan to navigate the show. But be forewarned, they can seem like chaos without a plan. Always Yours Occasions coordinators are happy to meet with you for an free initial meeting and give you a personalized plan to get the most out of your experience, if you aren’t already working with a consultant. Based on what you desire for your wedding, we can suggest vendors who will fit your budget and style so you know the booths on which to focus.
Another fun show is the Bride and Groom Night Out: A Wedding Experience. It will be held at the Historic Southern Railway Station. This evening out is coordinated by us here at Always Yours Occasions and is a combination of an Open House and Bridal Show with lots of helpful tips for wedding planning and the chance to meet great vendors. This year it will be on January 24th from 6:00-8:00 PM. We’ll be bringing you more details shortly on how to sign up for that.
One final tip: Don’t eat too much before you attend bridal shows. In general, there are many great caterers who will be serving samples of their delicious food!
Enjoy this season of engagement and consolidate your planning. Attend some Bridal Shows.