The week before Thanksgiving my SO asked me to marry him and I said YES (okay, there was some freaking out beforehand and I burst into tears but the yes finally came out). Since then it’s been a whirlwind of telling our friends and family and starting to plan our dream wedding. I’ve been able to get some of the larger things checked off our list (venue and photographer) but I still needed a bit of guidance when it comes to some of the finer details. Enter my first wedding expo.
For those of you that might not know, a wedding expo is when a group of vendors get together in a larger area (usually some sort of event center) and are available to speak with you about their service and hand out additional information. You can find anybody from venues and wedding dress shops, to car services and pet boarding. They truly try to think of everything you would need for the big day and have people there to help. When you do go to your first one, there are some tips that will help make it as successful as possible. Take a look below and start planning your trip!
- Go in with a game plan. Like I said, there are a ton of different vendors there and it’s super easy to get caught up in the excitement. To make sure you actually see who you want to see, go in with a mental list of what you still need to check off your list. For example, I already have my photographer and venue but I’m still looking at DJs, photo booths, and cake places. If you go in with an idea of what you still need, you can be sure to visit their booths first.
- Bring along a guest or two (but don’t go crazy). Wedding planning is a lot more fun when you have somebody to do it with. Whether you’re bringing along your mom, maid of honor, bridesmaid, or just a friend, the expo is a lot more fun when you can get outside opinions and discuss with you like vs what you don’t like. But keep in mind that these events are usually pretty busy. And when it comes to crowds, less is always more.
- Make sure you go with an appetite. Not only do you have tons of free samples from all the caterers and bakers that are there, but other vendors love to hand out treats as well. Chocolate and cookies are abundant! Between all of these samples, you are going to be completely full by the end of your trip. And trust, all of the food is delicious!
- Create a separate wedding email address. You’re going to be giving your email address out everywhere. Are you talking to a vendor that you like? I guarantee they’ll ask for your contact info. To help prevent junk mail and spam from clogging up your main email, create a special one just for wedding planning. This way both you and your SO will have access and be able to see exactly what’s going on.
- Don’t be scared to say no. I’m going to admit, this is super hard for me. But I’ve learned that just because a vendor is talking to you and wants your information, you don’t have to give it to them. For example, I visited a booth for a wedding dress company. I started talking to the girl about their new collection and she asked me for my information so they can start a “rewards card” for me. Now, it’s literally going to be months until I’m planning on going dress shopping. Plus I don’t even think I’ll go to that shop. So I said “no thanks!” and bid my adieu. No harm no foul. Believe me, the person I was talking to simply moved on to the next person. You don’t have to give your information out just because somebody asks.
Wedding expos are such a fun experience. Even if you already have 99% of your wedding planned, I totally recommend going! Even if it’s just for the free stuff 😉
Have you been to a wedding expo before?