In “Enjoying The Kansas City Bridal Show Experience: Part I – Think Ahead!”, I shared a few tips on how to make sure you have everything you need when you arrive at any of the Kansas City Bridal Shows scheduled to take place over the next few months.
This article will focus on what to expect after you arrive and offer a couple, helpful tips to make your Bridal Show experience enjoyable and hassle-free.
“Enjoying The Kansas City Bridal Show Experience: Part II – Taking It All In!”
Arrive early, allowing yourself plenty of time to find a parking space. Get into the Bridal Show right after the doors open if you’d like to get your hands on some of the free stuff that Wedding Professionals may be giving away. Often times, quantities are limited and the “freebies” will go fast.
Take the lesser road traveled. Some Bridal Shows have so many Wedding Professionals participating that the aisles can be quite narrow. Instead of following the crowds to the closest booths just inside the doors, begin your Bridal Show exploration on the side of the room furthest from the front doors and work your way back. With fewer people to maneuver around, your experience will be more enjoyable and it will be much easier for you to talk to Wedding Professionals without having to wait a long period of time.
As stated, with the number of Brides and Grooms in attendance, the environment at a Bridal Show can be quite hectic and you might find it difficult to receive the quality time needed with some Wedding Professionals to learn enough about them and their service or product to make a purchasing decision. With that said, approach a Bridal Show as an opportunity to “window shop,” gather ideas and to meet Wedding Professionals that provide the services or products most important to you and that are within your budget. After the show, contact those individuals and arrange a meeting where you can get all of your questions answered before signing a contract.
Don’t feel pressured to take advantage of a “Bridal Show Only” special. If the service or product is one that greatly interests you, take a moment to schedule a meeting with that professional and commit to meeting with them within a day or 2 of the show. A great number of Wedding Professionals will honor a reasonable grace period and would appreciate the opportunity to know more about you and your expectations so they can better serve your needs.
Almost every Bridal Show presents at least one or two fashion shows that draws the attention of just about everyone in attendance. If you’re willing to pass up the gowns and tuxedos, you’ll find that the Wedding Professionals are not busy during these times and are more capable of giving you personal attention.
Don’t forget to use all of those pre-printed labels you brought with you to enter the many door prize drawings. And, remember to double check registrations before you drop them in the box just in case additional information is required. (Note: By completing a contest registration, you are giving the vendor permission to contact you after the show.)
Get business cards and brochures from every Wedding Professional that piques your interest so you know how to contact them after the show. You’ll also be able to visit their web sites for additional information, find answers to some of your questions and better determine if they are the right fit for you before taking the next step.
Additional Note: Kansas City Bridal Shows only represent a sampling of the hundreds of Wedding Professionals in the metro with the expertise to help you achieve your dreams. Your perfect “choice,” both in skill and personality, may not be participating at all. Make sure to explore all of your options before making critical decisions.
Have fun at the Bridal Show! But, you’re not done yet.
There’s more to come in the next article, “Enjoying The Kansas City Bridal Show Experience: Part III – The After-Show!”
To obtain a complete list of my Bridal Show Tips, including many more not included in this article, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll send you the list.
Ron Ruth is a certified, Wedding Entertainment Director™, owner of Ron Ruth Wedding Entertainment and has authored and presented a number of seminars and workshops designed to assist Brides and Grooms enjoy extraordinarily fun wedding celebrations. Ron has also been a featured speaker at regional DJ conferences and local, professional associations.