It’s that time of year again. December is a time of engagement and celebration and January brings bridal show season. One of the biggest shows in the area is the Roanoke Greater Virginia Bridal Show. These shows can be invaluable resources for a bride but can also be overwhelming. So how can you make these shows work to your benefit to make sure you get the connections that you need and the best deals possible? Here are 6 tips to making bridal shows work for you.
1. Do a little work before you walk through the doors. Have some idea of the time of year you would like to be married. A general location (do you want to get married somewhere in the Roanoke area or are you thinking about a destination wedding). If possible, have some idea about the size of your wedding. This will help you sort out who you need to talk with at the event.
2. Have you already picked your wedding date? If you have, a great starter question is, “are you available on blank date?” If the answer is no then there is no point in carrying on with the conversation.
3. Looking to save some money but still want the wedding of your dreams and your date is flexible? Then be sure to ask the vendors that you speak with if they offer any discounted rates for off peak dates or days of the week. This works for venues, caterers, DJ’s and photographers as well as some other wedding vendors. You will be surprised how much money you can save by having a winter wedding or Friday wedding without giving up anything you want.
4. The Brides House prides itself on offering sample sizes for appointments from size 6 to size 26 but not all bridal salons carry gowns over size 14. Before booking an appointment to try on gowns, ask what sample sizes are available. If your street size is a 12 or bigger, there is a good chance that stores offering only size 14 under won’t have any gowns to try on. Save yourself the aggravation and disappointment. Find a store that allows you to enjoy the full bridal gown shopping experience.
5. If you have already secured a service (I already have my venue), don’t stop at the venue tables. Focus your time on the services you still need.
6. If you have self-adhesive return address labels, bring them with you. You will have many opportunities to enter into drawings for discounts and gifts at different booths. If you have these labels, all you have to write is your phone number and email address. It will save you valuable time at each booth.
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