Wedding vendors are really nice people, but you do not want to be in touch with ALL of us for the rest of your life. If you are anything like me, you've had the same email address for years, want to keep it, and hate SPAM. Consider creating an email alias (think SmithWedding@provider.com). Most free Internet providers let you create several names on one primary email account. Use this email address to do all things wedding planning. That way, wedding will not take over your life...or your email box. You can then discard the email address after the wedding -- that is after you give your favorite planner your permenant/real email.
Bonus tip: Similarly consider signing up for Google voice and get a number to use spefically for wedding planning.
2. Create labels.
Once you have your wedding planning contact information, create peel and stick labels to use at the show. It is optimal to make them the 4 x 2 inch size so that you can get everything on it and it still be readable. Vendors will have sign in sheets and if you are able to stick a label on the sheet will save you from hand cramps and have more time to chat with the vendors! Be sure to include the bride and groom’s name, wedding date, as well as your newly created phone number and email address. Bring lots of them to the show!
3. Bring your decision-makers.
Often vendors offer special discounts, sales, and prizes if you sign a contract or schedule a consultation AT the show. We don't want you to make impulse purchases and have buyer's regret, nor do we want you to miss a great deal! So bring your checkbook, credit card, and your decision-makers so that they can give you sage advice! Besides, it will be more fun to have them with you!
4. Dress in layers and wear comfy shoes.
It gets hot! It might start off cool but as the day progresses, it gets hot so consider dressing in layers so that you can be comfortable. Wear the most comfortable shoes you can. While there are places to sit for a while, you want to be comfortable while you walk and stand around talking.
Bonus Tip: Come to my booth for a treat. We have cushioned flooring to give aching feet a rest.
5. Talk to the vendors.
Vendors don't bite. I promise. They really do want to hear about your wedding and try to help you. Vendors are very clear that we will not book everyone we talk to. We know that you are "shopping" so don't be afraid to chat us up for a little bit. We're actually really nice people, we want to talk to you.
Click HERE to purchase individual tickets in advance! Consider the VIP Bride Package (Option 1 or Option 2).
So, get ready, get set, and go! See you at the Jim Graham Building of the Fairgrounds on January 7th & 8th!