Make the Most of Your Visit: Bridal Show Survival Guide

January 8, 2024

After this past weekend’s Ancaster Wedding Show, I was thinking about how much I prepared and planned as an exhibitor, and I am sure there is some planning and preparation from the attendees’ side too. With that in mind, I put together this bridal show survival guide. 

Congratulations on taking this exciting step toward planning your dream wedding! Bridal shows can be a whirlwind of inspiration, information, and decision-making. To ensure you make the most of your visit, here’s a survival guide tailored just for you.

1. Plan Ahead

Before diving into the show, create a game plan. Identify the vendors you’re most interested in, especially those aligned with your vision. Whether it’s photographers, florists, or venues, jot down a list to guide your exploration.

2. Bring Your Entourage (but Keep It Small)

While it’s tempting to bring everyone along, consider a smaller, focused group. Your closest confidants will offer valuable opinions without overwhelming your decision-making process.

3. Ask Questions and Take Notes

Engage with vendors! Don’t hesitate to ask questions and take notes. Inquire about services, pricing, and availability. This information will be invaluable when you’re making decisions later.

4. Attend the Fashion Show

Fashion shows are not just about the dresses! They showcase different styles, trends, and even hair and makeup ideas. Grab a seat and soak up the inspiration.

5. Capture the Moments

Take photos! Snap pictures of anything that catches your eye—be it décor, floral arrangements, or photography styles. These visuals will be handy for reference later.

6. Stay Hydrated and Energised

Bridal shows can be exhilarating but also tiring. Keep hydrated and grab a snack to maintain your energy levels throughout the day.

7. Enter Giveaways and Contests

Many vendors host giveaways or offer discounts at bridal shows. Take advantage of these opportunities—they might just make your dream wedding more affordable!

8. Make Connections

Building rapport with vendors is key. If you click with a photographer or another vendor, exchange contact information. A good connection can make your wedding planning process smoother.

9. Stay Open-Minded

You might stumble upon ideas or services you hadn’t considered. Stay open-minded—sometimes the best finds come from unexpected sources.

I’m Inge, the face behind Inge Schoeman Photography, and if you weren’t at the Ancaster Wedding Show on January 6th, 2024, go follow me on Facebook and Instagram and reach out so we can chat about your vision for capturing the moments that matter most on your big day. I’ll be thrilled to be a part of your wedding journey!

Remember, this day is about exploring, gathering ideas, and most importantly, having fun! Enjoy every moment and savour the excitement of planning your special day.

Looking forward to speaking soon!

Warm regards,

Inge Schoeman Photography

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