So it's bridal show season. Time to collect hundreds of brochures and cards and meet hundreds of vendors. NOW WHAT??? You have a bag full of STUFF, and you don't know what to do next. You might actually be more confused now than you were before you went to the shows. Bridal Show season can be overwhelming, but don't let it stress you out. There are some things that you can do to help sift through the madness.
1.Before you go to a show, make a list of vendors that you would like to see. If you are looking for a florist, be sure to check out flowers. But if you already have a DJ booked, don't be afraid to pass up all of the DJ booths. Only stop at the booths featuring services that you are in need of. There is no since in taking up your time or theirs. There is also no point in taking their information just to throw it away. Save yourself some clutter, and save them some money by not wasting their materials!
2.Print out a sheet of labels with your Name,Wedding Date, Email address and Venue.This will change your life! Simply stick your label on registration sheets instead of having to write it out over and over. Thanks to Bliss Honeymoons, some of you were able to get printed labels right at the show. What a genius idea!
3. When sorting through your materials after the show, divide your cards and brochures into category by vendor. Read over each piece. If it doesn't speak to you, get rid of it. If you find it interesting, keep it, and plan to begin visiting websites.
4. Work with one vendor category at a time. I recommend starting with the vendors that typically book up early. That would include venues, photographers, videographers, and caterers and DJ's. You have a little bit more leeway usually with florists, bakers and makeup artists, as they can usually book more than one wedding per day. Visit websites. If you like what you see, schedule appointments. But I recommend keeping your appointments to a minimum. You will find yourself overwhelmed yet again if you meet with 6 photographers. You'll find yourself with a mountain of materials again, and it will be hard to remember who's who. Meeting with 3 vendors in each category is the most that I would recommend.
5.Trust your instinct. If you have a good feeling about a vendor, and if you've done your research, looking at their work and reading reviews...Book them! Some couples are afraid of liking the first vendor that they meet. And often they overthink their decisions and don't trust their gut. Don't talk yourself out of what you really want.
6.Finally, the dreaded emails. You are going to get bombarded with emails from every vendor that was at the show you attended. Take the same approach as you do with your bag full of stuff. See who the emails are from and if it is a vendor that you are looking for, save it. If not, delete it. Start folders in your email account for each category and file them away. Then go through the emails one category at a time. Try not to be too irritated by the mass amounts of emails. Think of it this way: Instead of you pulling out all of the cards your collected and entering all of the email addressed yourself, you can now simply click the links in the emails you have received. Try to put a positive spin on it and try to not hate the vendors for reaching out to you. We really just want to help.
Please be sure to stop by and say hello to me this Saturday or Sunday at The Columbus Weddings Show. I will have tons of my work on display and I will be doing a giveaway for half off of photo AND video services! Can't wait to see you there!
Happy Wedding Planning!
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