1. Bring an Entourage: Whether it's your maid of honor, a couple of bridesmaids or your mom, you'll definitely want to bring someone along for the fun... and for moral support!
2. Leave Your Man At Home: Sure, there have been sightings of dudes at wedding shows, but most of them look painfully bored, and slightly embarrassed, to be there. Some shows have "groom's lounges," but why ask your fiance to sit in a room full of men who are equally uncomfortable, when he could be at home sleeping, or watching the game? You can debrief your favorite vendors with him when you get home.
3. Stay Hydrated: Wedding shows are often busy and you'll likely be doing a lot of talking, so throw a Klean Kanteen with cold water in your purse so you don't get dehydrated.
4. Do Your Research: Check out the show's website for a list of vendors and visit their websites. Highlight the ones you like most, and make a point of talking to them at the show. It's easy to miss a booth, and if you don't have specific vendors that you want to see, you could miss out on the perfect cake designer or photographer.
5. Make a List: Write a list of questions that you would like to ask each vendor. For example, you might want to ask a wedding planner if she charges for a consultation, or a photographer if his package includes an engagement session.
6. Get Inspired: You might not hire any of the florists or stationers that you see at the show, but you'll at least get an idea of what overall style you like, and that will help you when you do decide on specific vendors. Take photos of things that inspire you, and when you get home you can add them to Pinterest and start (or add to) your wedding inspiration board.
[Image via ONEWED.COM]
Posted by Kate Drummond
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