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Bridal Bazaar – April 2010

27 Apr

Just wanted to share a few shots from the Association of Bridal Consultants booth at the April 2010 Bridal Bazaar.  Some of the very lovely and talented coordinators put together these great table designs.

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How To Successfully Navigate Bridal Shows

26 Apr

I meet with a lot of brides who hear the magical words Bridal Show and anticipate a wonderful day of cake tastings and relaxing interaction with wedding vendors.  But when brides enter into any bridal show, it can be quite overwhelming!  Yesterday, myself and a few other wedding planners manned the ABC (Association of Bridal Consultants) booth at Bridal Bazaar to help brides navigate the very crowded wedding space.  Seeing the wide-eyed brides and their grooms got me thinking about tips for brides on the best way to navigate bridal shows.  Here are a few tips:

Bridal shows offer a great opportunity for you to interact with vendors.  Here is the First Comes Love recommended approach for the best (and most productive) bridal show experience:

  • MAKE A LIST – Before you attend a bridal show, make a list of the vendors you still need.  While it can be fun to check out all of the vendors, you’ll want to focus on those that you still need to book for your wedding.
  • PRINT BUSINESS CARDS OR LABELS – Most wedding vendors will aim to collect your information when you visit their booth.  It can be very time-consuming (and redundant) to fill out their forms.  I recommend creating your own slips that include: Bride’s name, Groom’s name, wedding date, wedding location (if chosen), email, phone number and a notes section.  But remember, any information that you provide, the wedding vendor will use.  So if you only want to get emails, don’t put your phone number on it.  Also, the more information you provide, the easier it will be for the wedding vendor to provide you with information relevant to your wedding.  And only give your information to vendors who you actually want to hear from.
  • MY BIGGEST, BEST TIP – Do not, I repeat, DO NOT collect information from vendors that you are not interested in.  The worst thing a bride and groom can do is collect a bunch of fliers about wedding vendors.  I know it is tempting to pick up fliers from the vendors who are extending their arms toward you, but remember, whatever you put in that great big bag you were given when you walked in the door, you then have to go through.  Andafter a while, it will be hard to distinguish who you had a really good conversation with verses who had someone aggressively pushing their materials on you.
  • SPEND TIME WITH THE VENDORS – Here’s the deal.  On your wedding day, the people you hire are navigating the most important day of your life.  You want to make sure that your personalities mesh well with the vendors who will be on-site.  This is especially true with DJs, photographers and videographers.  This is your chance to see if you get a good vibe from these people.  Ask questions, talk about pricing and make sure that this is someone you want to spend your big day with.
  • ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS – Sometimes it is hard to know what to ask vendors.  I have a great list, so if you want mine, feel free to EMAIL ME or you can find lists of questions online.
  • ENJOY YOURSELVES – Planning your wedding is supposed to be fun.  If you have a full-service planner, navigate the show with them.  This can be a great way to do mini-consults with several vendors at once.  Your consultant can help you bypass the vendors who are not relevant to you and introduce you to their favorite vendors.  If you are flying solo, walk the show once without talking to any vendors and mark the ones you want to talk to.  Then go back a second time and actually talk to the vendors you like.
  • TAKE NOTES – Whether on paper or your BlackBerry, make notes on what you like about specific vendors.  Are they offering a set discount for the show?  Did they say something that really hit home?  The more notes you have, the easier the follow-up process will be.

Hopefully these tips will help as you plan your big day!

The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe

22 Apr

This past Tuesday, the San Diego chapter of ABC (which is the Association of Bridal Consultants) held our monthly meeting at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe.  The property is absolutely beautiful, there are many great outdoor reception locations and it was a great chance to get to know some of San Diego’s top wedding vendors better.  Here are a few shots from the Croquet Lawn.

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