So October is the end of the summer "wedding season" here in the Pacific Northwest. That means that the season for bridal shows are upon us. Some are huge affairs in convention centers with over a hundred vendors (think Portland Bridal Show in January). Some are smaller, more intimate affairs like Plucky Maiden that was earlier this month. And there are shows that break the mold. The shows that are more of an event and a party than a trade show. Committed! is one such event.
Committed is this Friday, October 24th, from 5pm-9pm. We're so excited to be part of this awesome party ('cause it's so much more than just a show!). Think full bar, fashion shows, awesome vendors all in a fun and inspiring atmosphere. I mean, how fun is this picture?!
If you're planning your wedding at all, you would seriously be missing out if you don't go to Committed! Click on the picture to go to the website and pre-order tickets.
So whether you're going to join us at Committed, or you're planning on checking out some of the other bridal shows in the Portland area this winter, there are some tips from other brides (myself included) who have been there and done that and know how to get the most from a bridal show.
1) Wear comfy shoes! Even at the smaller shows, you're going to have some walking to do. You want to be able to concentrate on meeting people and seeing all the cool stuff and not wincing every time you take a step.
2) Bring a larger purse. Some of the shows have bags that you use for all of the goodies that you'll be getting from vendors. Other shows don't, so you're going to want to have a larger bag so your hands can be free to sample food and desserts and fill out drawing slips.
3) Speaking of drawing slips, a lot of vendors will have forms that you can fill out for more information and also to potentially win prizes. To avoid hand cramping and to free up more time to be able to talk to more people, print off some address labels (name, email, mailing address, wedding date) to just stick onto the forms. It'll save you a ton of time and pain!
4) Once you get home, go through all your business cards and goodies that you got from all the different vendors and make notes. That way, it's still fresh in your mind.
5) This is coming from the viewpoint of a wedding vendor...don't automatically assume that the vendors are all going to pounce on you or that you're automatically going to get your email completely full of spam. Most of us genuinely care about you and helping you make your day awesome! If we're not the best fit for you, that's totally okay! If we are a really good fit and we have some awesome stuff that you'd like, please, let us know!
6) Take advantage of the sign ups and giveaways from the different vendors at the show. Some of them are absolutely great deals!
Don't forget to come visit us at Committed! this Friday to see what awesome deal we have going on at our booth!