- Arrive Early. The show starts at noon. I would arrive about 15 minutes before to find parking and get in line. You will want to spend the entire day at the Palmer.
- Do not eat. Caterers are bakers will have plenty of food. And you definitely want to taste to see which ones are your favorite. I promise you will be stuffed when you leave. So don't grab lunch prior to the show.
- Start from one end and work your way to the other. Don't try to zig zag or catch certain booths first. You will be able to see everything, but if you hop around you might miss something.
- Spend the most time with your most needed vendors. Do a little homework before the show. Prioritize what vendors you need. Skip vendors you have already booked or won't need. Spend time talking to the top 3 vendors you do need. Get to know them, sample their products, make notes on their brochures. Make sure to get brochures and eat least some information on the least priority vendors. That way you have a starting place when it's time to book their services.
- Bring two bags. You will get tons of information and they can all run together. When talking to a vendor jot down notes on their brochures. If you really like them maybe place a star or other marking. If you liked them and want more information place them in your "yay" bag. If you didn't care for them or they are out of your price range place them in your "nay" bag. This will help you later on when you are going through all your goodies.
- Relax and then go through the info. After the show go out for drinks with your girls. Relax and unwind. Then, a few days later you can start sorting through your "yay" bag.
- Have Fun! Don't stress. Enjoy seeing all the details and decorations in the booth. Taste the various flavors, smell the flowers, listen to the music and watch the fashion shows. Enjoy this time with your closest friends and family as you plan your wedding.
In just a few short days the greatest (in my humble opinion) wedding show will be here! This is a perfect one stop shop for all your wedding needs! But, it's a lot to take in. Many brides get overwhelmed. So, let me help you. Here are a few tips to stay organized and get the most out of the show!
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.