Bridal Shows: Should I Attend?
Bridal Shows are normally held twice a year. At the beginning of the year (January and February) and in the early fall (August and September). Some shows are conducted by large companies such as Southern Bride or American Bride while others are held by a local business.
Bridal Shows are a way for wedding professionals (a.k.a. vendors) to showcase their business and schedule weddings. So, should you attend a Bridal Show?
1. How much is the admission price? If it is a large show, which is based on the number of vendors attending, then an admission price of $10-$12 is justified. A large show will have at least 70 to 100 wedding professionals.
2. Will local wedding professionals be present? If yes, then this will allow you to preview the caterers, photographers, etc. before making your final decision. Keep in mind, the business hosting the Bridal Show is trying to get as many vendors to participate so there may be some from out of the local area. This is fine. Most wedding professionals will travel or they wouldn’t be participating in the show.
3. Do I have to book the wedding professional at the show? The answer is “No” but note, most vendors offer a discount if you book them at the show.
4. Do I have to pay a deposit if I book a wedding professional at the show? Most vendors know you weren’t planning to book at a show. They will probably ask you sign an agreement/contract and ask for the deposit within a specific time period.
When you attend a show expect to see a lot in a short amount of time and in a limited space. It can be over whelming. Take your time and enjoy everything each booth has to offer. Take all their information and if you have questions, ask them. They will love to talk to you.
All wedding professionals are presented with a list of Bridal Show attendees so they can communicate with them after the show. When you receive correspondence from them whether it is in the form of email, phone call or card, please be courteous and respond. It doesn't have to be long. A "Thank you for your time" is sufficient.