Charleston SC Wedding Planners Bride’s Guide to Wedding Shows
1. Probably the least known aspect of bridal shows is that the show gives the list of attendees to all of the vendors at the show. It’s part of what the booths pay for and this will generate a lot of emails from vendors after the show. It is the biggest downfall from a bride’s perspective but they all do it. Charleston SC wedding planners recommend setting up a separate (but real) email address for your all wedding emails. You will probably want to do this even if you don’t attend a show because by your wedding date you will have hundreds of wedding emails.
2. Vendors, including Charleston SC wedding planners, pay a lot for booths ($500 – $1000) and their goal is to make that money back and then make a profit. That’s probably not important to you but keep it in mind when vendors may come across ‘salesy’ or seem to be trying to get as many brides in and out of their booths as they can.
3. You know that expression that the animals are as scared of you as you are of them? This can apply to the booth attendants as well. Some of the booth attendants are at a show for the first time and are completely overwhelmed at having to talk to hundreds of people in a few hours. Again, this isn’t your problem but something to keep in mind if you think any of them don’t seem that enthusiastic.
4. If you are a bride who wants to turn this into an afternoon of fun, go with your mom, bridesmaids, or friends but if you just want some vendors and get out of there as fast as possible either go alone or go with your fiancé (I’ve seen men at the bridal shows, but I’ve never seen them dawdle).
5. If you are not interested in a booth and the representative asks you “Are you interested in ______?” don’t be afraid to simply say “No thank you” and save both of you valuable time.
6. Bridal shows are typically held in January as 30% of marriage proposals take place around Christmas and New Year’s. Shows are also frequently held in July or August so that vendors can sign more brides for the fall wedding season.
7. At the end of the day you are going to have a lot of information in your gift bag and may have talked to many vendors in a particular category so you might want to bring a separate piece of paper to take your own notes so you can remember who you really liked and want to follow up with at the end of the show.
Why you should attend from a Charleston SC wedding planners perspective:
- It’s fun!
- There are many (typically 50-80) vendors in one place for you to meet in person which can be an incredible time saver. Meeting in person also gives you a much better sense of who a vendor is vs. just looking on a website.
- If you have a mom who wants to be involved this is a great way to involve her.
- Cake samples. Need I say more?
- Show discounts – many vendors will offer a discount if you sign up either on the spot or typically within 30 days of the show.
Charleston SC wedding planners, it’s not a bad idea to check out the shows as well. It’s a great way to meet a lot of vendors in one location, in a short period of time.
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