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Getting the Most of a Bridal Expo

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Wedding expos are great way to sample and meet multiple vendors together in one place. Big bridal expos can be overwhelming but we have some great tips to help you make the most of your bridal expo experience. Its an exciting time, after all, and you should enjoy your time without being overwhelmed. 

  1. Create a wedding email - This will help you keep organized. Give this email to all your wedding vendors and wedding planner that way you have all your information organized together in one place. 
  2. Pre- register for your bridal expo - In some cases, unlikely, but sometimes they can sell out or tickets are cheaper if you buy ahead of time rather than at the door. You will save time at the expo as check in is faster by for pre-sale tickets. Also, this helps vendors be prepared with a headcount of what to expect so they can have enough promotional items, business cards, flyers, ect. 
  3. Limit your squad - I recommend bringing only your fiancé (if fiancé is into wedding planning) or mom or maid of honor. Notice the word OR. Bridal expos can be like ant hills with people scattered everywhere. Its easier to only keep track of one individual besides yourself and you can get more planning done that way. If you go with your bridesmaids and both moms, with a crew of 10 deep, odds are some will get lost and you'll spend a lot of time rallying the troops together rather than experiencing the bridal expo. 
  4. Have a game plan - Know what vendors you are looking for ahead of time. Example: if you venue is booked and they do in house catering then you can scratch some things off the list. Narrow down what vendors you are looking for ahead of time so you can narrow your focus. 
  5. Pre - print labels - Most vendors will host raffles to give away wedding related prizes. Bring labels that have your name, wedding date, phone number and email. This will help you enter each contact quickly and avoid hand cramps. 
  6. Take notes and pictures - You will likely leave the bridal expo with dozens of business cards and may forget which ones you wanted to follow up with. Take pictures of the business cards you want to follow up with along with samples. Or you can write notes on the back of business cards to refresh your memory. 

Facebook Contest

We are giving away TWO FREE TICKETS to one lucky winner to the Ultimate Bridal Extravaganza! This event is Sunday, May 7th. 

This contest is being held on our Facebook page so head over and check it out. Rules are simple. 

1) Like our page

2) Tag two friends 

 

We will be there and winner will be entered into another raffle for a free Video Save the date to add to your wedding website and social media. There will be dozens of other wedding vendors there, free swag bags and lots of other raffles to enter with other wedding vendors. You don't want to miss out on this event!  Good luck! 

Creating your wedding website

Wedding websites are very useful and are a great way to get your guests excited about your special day. Its difficult to get all your wedding information in the invitation and adding extra inserts to include in your wedding invitation can really push your invitation budget to its limit. So whomever created the concept of a wedding website is genius. Simply direct your guests to visit your wedding website in your invitations and Bam! you just saved money on your invitation budget. 

Need help on what all should be included in your wedding website? I've got you covered! 

Home Page - You home page can start with a picture of the happy couple, names and wedding date. You should also include a brief love story of how you fell in love and / or how he proposed. People love a great love story or proposal story and its a great way for your guests to get to know your story better. Want to be a little more exciting?! You can add a video love story or video save the date to the home page. Your viewers will be more inclined to spend more time on your website and its a lot of fun!  

*side note* we are running a contest where you can win a FREE video save the date to add to your wedding website or social media. Find details on our Instagram or see the prior blog post*

Photos - Most couples are having an engagement photo shoots. This is a great place to post your engagements photos or photos of you and your fiancé throughout your relationship. Love is a great look after all, flaunt it!

Wedding Details - Go into detail on what to expect the day of wedding. List your ceremony and reception addresses and times. Pictures of each venue are great to add so guests can visualize what to expect. If your ceremony and reception venues are the same or different, say so. And if different locations, it may helpful to list a map on how to get from one place to the other or if a shuttle service will be offered. The more details the better. 

Wedding Party - Its nice to show some love to your bridesmaids and groomsmen. They are an important part of your life after all and are helping in making your big day special. Show them some love and give them their own page in your website. Its nice to include a picture of them so your guests can get to know them prior and include a small bio of your relationship and what makes it so special. 

Gift Registry - List the stores where you are registered here and include links to the website so your guests can shop for you with ease. 

Travel Accommodations - Most anticipate out of town guests. Its nice to list the closest airport. Also, you should find a few hotels that will work with you for group rates. List 2-4 hotels that are offering group rates on the website and how they can book to receive your discounted rate. Its helpful to list directions or transportation options for getting from the airport to the hotel and from the hotel to the wedding. Include links to the hotels so your guests can easily explore their options. 

Things to Do - Some out of town guests may want to make a vacation out of their travels to your wedding its nice to do a little research for them. List popular tourist attractions and you can make it a little personal and list your favorite restaurants or things to do. 

*OPTIONAL* RSVP - Some couples are doing away with paper RSVPs and having their guests RSVP directly on the website. If you are participating in this new tradition, be sure to list a tab where your guests can do so. 

You can add other fun pages in and customize away but these are the core things you'll want to include and you are ready to go. If you have fun ideas or pages that you included in your website, feel free to give your advise in the comments below! 

- Delisa