Attending an Omaha Bridal Show

One of the best ways for busy bride-to-be to jumpstart their wedding planning is a by attending a bridal show. It should be one of first things after being engaged that should be done. Where else can you visit with hundreds of wedding vendors in a single afternoon? Sample cakes and hors d’oeuvres from the best caterers, check out the latest in video special effect with local videographers, and see the newest designer collections during the fashion shows, all under one roof. Bridal shows provide that first step to jumpstart your wedding plans, all in the span of a few hours.

What to bring to a bridal show

Before you leave the house, be sure you’re prepared for your day. First, make sure you’re dressed appropriately. Comfortable shoes are a must, because you’ll be doing quite a bit of walking between booths and vendors. Wear clothing in layers so you can take something off if you get too warm. Second, leave your large purse at home. Bring only the necessities from your purse, and store them in a larger tote bag that you can also use to bring home all the brochures, cards, and samples you’ll receive at the show. Third, be sure to bring along a pen or pre-pasted address labels. Vendors hold drawings and give away everything from china place settings to honeymoons to all expenses paid weddings, and pre-pasted address labels are a great time saver when you’re entering multiple drawings. Make sure there’s plenty of storage on your phone for pictures, taking pics can help you organize your inspiration once the show is over.

Who to bring to a bridal show

It’s usually a good idea to bring along a friend or family member when you’re heading to a show. Invite one of your attendants, your mother or mother-in-law, or even your fiancé. When there are two of you, it’s easier to canvas the area to find the wedding professionals you’re most interested in visiting. And if you’re worried your fiancé will be bored, check out the bridal show’s website to see what exhibitors will interest him. Many formal wear shops, DJs, limousine companies, and travel agencies participate in bridal shows; he can check out the options and narrow down the possibilities to help in the planning process.

Do some research

Before attending a bridal show, go to the website and review the attendees so you make sure you will make the most of your time. If you know which vendors interest you, visit them first so you will have a chance to talk them. Also make sure there is wide variety of vendors in the price range you are looking for. You should try to attend at least one large scale show and maybe a few smaller shows or happy hours (we suggest All About Weddings Omaha Bridal Happy Hours), this should introduce you to a broad spectrum of vendors.

What you’ll find

Though every bridal show is different, you’re likely to find everything you’ll need to plan your celebration at a bridal show. Here’s a listing of the most likely participants:

  • Ceremony and reception venues
  • Bridal salons
  • Formal wear or tuxedo shops
  • Wedding gown preservation services
  • DJs, bands, and other musicians
  • Transportation companies
  • Travel agents
  • Financial planning professionals
  • Professional caterers
  • Wedding photographers
  • Videographers
  • Real estate agents
  • Florists
  • Stationery and invitation shops
  • Bridal consultants
  • Hair stylists and makeup artists
  • Equipment rental agencies
  • Jewelers
  • Bridal registry locations

While there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to book your entire entourage in just one day, you will have a better idea of what’s out there and which professionals you’d like to interview more extensively, and which ones you may need to research more.

Omaha Lace Cleaners will be attending the Wedding Essentials Bridal University bridal show this Sunday, January 7th. Stop by and pick up one of our brochures which includes a gift cards for $25 and $20 off wedding gown services.

Enjoy your wedding planning! ~The wedding gown specialists at Omaha Lace Cleaners

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