Bridal expos are a fantastic way to get a snapshot of current trends and to meet with many of your local suppliers.
Here’s a list of what to expect:
♥ You will be able to chat, obligation free, with a range of wedding suppliers including celebrants, decorators, jewellers, florists, photographers, venues, wedding car hire companies, health professionals, cake makers, photo booth operators etc. This is an opportunity to ask as many questions as you like and see if you would feel comfortable with this person being part of your big day.
♥ You will be able to ascertain if the supplier/s you’re interested in are available on your date and, if you like, make an appointment to meet with them to go over the finer details.
♥ Often a series of fashion parades will accompany a bridal expo. This may feature clothing for your attendants, the bride, groom, mother-of-the-bride etc. There will usually be lots of variety and you may even find your dream dress.
♥ Often, you will be offered samples of food e.g. wedding cake, canapes etc. which can give you a good idea as to the quality and presentation of the food on offer by specific suppliers.
♥ Many suppliers and, indeed, the organisers of the expo will offer fabulous prizes on the day which could save you big $.
♥ You may be presented with a goody bag on arrival which could contain special offers, samples etc. from wedding suppliers.
♥ You will often be asked to pay a nominal entry fee when attending bridal expos but usually this is donated to charity.
The important things to remember are:
♥ Speak to as many people as possible and gather as much information and inspiration as you can.
♥ Having a budget to stick to is one thing but don’t assume each supplier is offering the same service. Asking for further information is crucial.
♥ Make a point of checking out the websites and Facebook pages of the supplier/s you’re interested in as part of your research after you come home from the expo. This will give you a strong indication as to their professionalism and whether they are offering new and inspirational ideas. Note whether they engage with others on their page, if they respond to comments and how quickly they do so, the originality of the content and the quality of the content. If they choose to post blurry images or if their spelling and grammar is below par for instance, perhaps second best is good enough for them.
♥ Lastly, have fun!
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