- Do your homework before you come! Make a list of things you need and rank them based on priority. If you don't have a venue, that's your number one goal! Followed by photographer, florist, catering, and cake. Visit the Bridal Extravaganza's website and check out the vendors. Make a list of vendors you would really like to see and also make a list of vendors that you either don't need or really didn't care for. This will help you stay organized while visiting booths.
- Start at one end and work your way to the other. You will make it through all the booths this way, promise.
- Use your list! Skip the booths that you don't need. If you have already booked a florist, no need to stop and see every other florist there. That allows more time for you to spend quality time talking to the professionals you do need.
- Bring a pen and stay organized. After talking to a vendor, if you really like her put a star on the brochure. Maybe even jot a note or two. If you didn't care for them, put a little x on it. This will help you when you go through all the info you gathered after the show. It's very easy to start confusing all the different vendors after a long day of wedding planning!
- Bring your checkbook! Many professionals will have Extravaganza specials (myself included). If you fall in love with a vendor you can book them on the spot and take advantage of some money saving deals!
- Eat light before you come! There is food! Lots of food! And it's all good! Don't fill up before coming because you will want to taste everything!
- And lastly, have fun! I personally love these shows! I love the energy and excitement! So cheer at the dresses you love in the fashion show, dance along to the music at the DJ booth, go for that second sample of cake!
It's that time of year again, for the 2 day Bridal Extravaganza! This year David Tutera will be joining us for our Saturday fashion show!! I'm sure you have the same thoughts as many other bride's out there...over 200 vendors! Thousands of brides! Can we say, overwhelming! Excited bride's walk into a room filled with a sea of booths! I would like to share with you a few tricks to help you get the most out of the Extravaganza, and have a great time! Because planning a wedding should be fun, not stressful.
Kayla grew up in the wedding industry and has grown to love all things wedding. Please enjoy reading her thoughts and experiences as she continues to walk in family tradition.