Tips for Attending a Bridal Show

As we’re gearing up for the Portland Bridal Show this weekend, I thought it might be helpful to share a few tips on how to make the show as fun & stress free as possible.

Portland Bridal Show Booth   1st Comes Love... Custom Invitations Portland Bridal Show Booth sign

1. Identify the services you still need to book for your wedding

Most bridal shows will have a website that lists the vendors that will be participating. While the size of shows can be overwhelming, if you narrow your focus down on 2-3 categories of vendors that you would like to chat with, this makes the show much more manageable. Figure out who you would like to talk to & make the time to visit with these vendors. It will help with your screening process rather than having to book individual consultations after the show. Have a few questions to ask each vendor to get a better feel of whether they’d be a good fit to work with.

If you’re newly engaged, your first show is a great way to see the variety of services that are available to you! Collect as much information as you can & then go home and sort through all the information you gathered at the show.

2. Bring Pre-printed Labels

Maximize your time! Spending a few minutes at each booth to fill out contest entry forms will add up quickly at a bridal show. Bring pre-printed labels with your & your fiancé’s name, wedding date, email, address & phone number. This will give you an easy way to enter contests & also give you time to chat with the wedding vendor.

3. Bring a Friend or Two

Having a friend or two along can make the process less daunting! If you and your fiance are making all the wedding vendor selections together, it’s important that both of you attend.

4. Wear Comfortable Shoes

That’s pretty much it- wear comfortable shoes. Most shows take 2-3 hours to walk through, your feet will be killing you by the end of your visit.

5. Enjoy the Experience!

This is one of the most exciting moments in your life- planning your wedding! While the process can be overwhelming, take time to enjoy the experience. As wedding vendors our job is to guide you through our area of expertise & we’re a good resource for vendor referrals. Don’t hesitate to ask questions; our job is to help you!

We hope to see you at the show! Be sure to stop by the 1st Comes Love… Custom Invitations booth where we’ll be sharing details regarding our “Pin to Win” Custom Invitation Contest!!



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