The wedding planning has just been jump started! Although I had been actively seeking venues and pinning away all the ideas I loved, Marcos had felt really relaxed. That all changed yesterday! We now have lists, goals, and deadlines we set for ourselves. Don’t worry I will get into those details next week! What changed? We attended our first wedding expo- Bride World !
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I decided to attend this first expo with the fiancé vs bringing my mom or matron of honor. Why? I thought this first round would be great as a couple to get an idea of what we liked and what not. So happy he came along, he had a blast! I definitely recommend attending a wedding/bride expo as you are planning your wedding. Aside from the obvious fun there is so much more you can gain from it!
1.Your Wedding Shifts Gears
Marcos thought we were okay on time and everything was dandy until we showed up here. It really set him into planning mode. We realized although we have time, time flies! He walked in feeling uncertain about the expo and walked out feeling super pumped to wedding plan! Seeing all the displays, vendors, and options made him really excited!
We had a blast talking to vendors and making connections. I left my cards and really made sure to make conversations with vendors I was truly interested in. I figure this will come in handy when I start to call around and make appointments.
3.Tons of Vendors for EVERYTHING Wedding
When I say tons, I mean TONS! There was one convention room filled with maybe 200 vendors. Florists, stationary, DJs, suits, cakes, photographers, travel, venues, dresses, accessories, hair & make-up, you name it! If it’s needed in a wedding they had someone there! We made our way around every aisle and found some really great options.
Many of the vendors had exclusive sales set up just for the brides that day. Some vendors had exclusive items for the show and others had savings just for the attendees. They ranged from a percentage off to special photography package specials. Some vendors even gave you vouchers for money off their items.
5.Freebies for You & Your Wedding
Who doesn’t love freebies? First of all, before entering we were given this bag full of information for the show and a copy of The Knot Magazine. I was extra excited for that! There were raffles for free trips, dresses, suits, djs, you name it! All you had to do was enter the raffle and cross your fingers.
6.Seeing is Believing
We loved being able to see these items in person. Venues had sample tables set up to show you their work. Photographers had tons of books and images to show your. Floral arrangements were set up too! And DRESSES- there were dresses everywhere! Made a huge difference to be able to physically see their work.
First of all, there was a fashion show! A show full of wedding dresses. Seeing a dress in person on someone is so different than seeing them hanging. Loved it! There was also a planning information sessions. The resources you get from these shows are amazing!
I found so many unique items that are now on my must have list. Super cute shirts that I definitely need to own at least one of lol! Custom hangers, hats, make up bags, and awesome ring plates. I am a huge fan of minor details-specially when planning a party. Bride World had so many to choose from.
Our trip was a huge success. We grabbed business cards for everything we loved and I am beyond excited to start making moves. Believe me when I say this won’t be my last wedding expo. Once we select our venue I plan to attend near our venue to find their local vendors! You can find your local wedding expos and bridal shows by searching The Knot or Wedding Wire !
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