What To Expect at a Bridal Show

Bridal Show Tips

If you are engaged and thinking about going to a bridal show, you may not know what to expect. Here is the list of things that you can expect to see and experience at a bridal show.

1. Crowds

Bridal shows can often have several hundred brides and spectators, so be ready to wait in line to purchase a ticket at the door. It is best to purchase your tickets online. Arrive early so you have time to see everything.

2. Vendors

There will be a variety of vendors from DJs to jewelers to photographers and florists. Many of the vendors will show will showcase their skills and talents for hire.

3. Samples (food…yummy!)

Catering companies and bakeries will display treats for brides to sample. They make up a large portion of the vendors you’ll see at bridal shows.

4. Bridal gowns

Bridal boutiques will have bridal dresses at the show for you to see and touch.  At some shows, they may sell the dresses or may have models walking around in the dresses. They may also display bridesmaid or flower girl dresses.

5. Lots of decor

Take a camera and a notebook to jot down the trends and decor you see on display at vendor tables. This will give you ideas to use with your own theme or color scheme.

6. Giveaways

Brides love freebies and bridal shows have them. There are often lots of door prizes and giveaways. This is one of the biggest draws to bridal shows. Vendors and show sponsors raffle off everything from kitchen essentials to wedding gowns and formalwear to romantic honeymoons. Brides should register for giveaways to increase your odds of going home with a fantastic prize!

7. Fashion shows

One of the most popular events during any bridal expo is the fashion show. Here, models stroll down the catwalk in the latest in bridal fashions. Be sure to keep your pen and pad handy to write down the designer and descriptions of your favorite gowns. A word to the wise: arrive early for the fashion show—front row seats go fast!

Now that you’re properly prepped, you are ready to take on any bridal show. Never feel rushed when visiting different tables. The vendors are there to help and will gladly answer any questions you have about their services.  If you are in the Philadelphia area, attend the bridal show by The Dress Matters, a suburban Philly boutique. The show is on Friday April 28th from 6-9pm. One bride will win a wedding dress and one bride will win a honeymoon. Tickets are $5 until 3/31/17 with promo code FIVE. You can get tickets and more information here.

Bridal shows are an entertaining and enjoyable experience, so have fun!

Photo by: Mariel Hannah

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