How to Shop at Bridal Fairs

Article by Linda Cress Dowdy

What is the first thing you do once you become engaged? After you spread the happy news you head straight for the nearest magazine stand and pick up as many wedding magazines as you can lay your hands on. Next, you hunt out the next bridal fair to attend!

Bridal fairs can be great fun. They are a great place to see vendors from just about everything imaginable as you begin planning the wedding of your dreams. Nowhere else can you browse so many vendors all in one place offering everything from invitations and flowers to cakes and venues to things you never even thought of as being wedding related. To get the most out of your visit, consider these bridal fair shopping tips.

Buy tickets in advance. Often you can go ahead and register online prior to the fair date. There may be ticket discounts to be had as well so don’t delay. With your name and address on file you will begin receiving information from suppliers in your area if you choose to. Encourage those you are attending the show with to go ahead and buy their tickets too.

Plan ahead. Start now by making a notebook and writing down questions you need answers for. At bridal fairs you will find experts in wedding planning ready and willing to answer any wedding related questions you might have. Begin now jotting down your list of questions and organizing them by supplier. If you have particular vendors you know you are already interested in, make a divider tab with their information included so you can be sure and stop by their table.

Never shop alone. Shopping is always more fun with others to bounce ideas off of. You can drag your fianc


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