It finally happened—you’re engaged! So, what’s next? For those who don’t have experience in the events world, planning every intricate detail of a wedding can seem daunting. Where do you even start with picking colors? Who knew there were so many different options for chairs? How do you narrow down vendors? There’s one spot where you’ll find answers to all these questions and more: bridal shows!
Unless you’ve had your wedding vision completely mapped out since you were 16 years old, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t pencil a few bridal fairs and showcases into your planning calendar.
We love attending bridal fairs! It’s the absolute best place to meet future brides and grooms, as well as vendor partners in the local wedding industry. After attending many throughout the Northwest, here are our top five reasons why you should attend a bridal fair during your wedding planning season:
Pinterest can only take you so far. The real fun is in discovering your style as a couple and piecing together your favorite trends to create a day that is your own! Each bridal fair provides vendors ample space to set up and showcase what they do best.
Our team attended the Lewiston Clarkston Bridal Fair earlier this year and set up seven different unique tablescapes to bring light to all the trends in style for weddings today. From gorgeous moody hues to socially conscious materials, take a peek at the event recap for a closer look at what you may experience from vendors like us.
So muchThere are a few perks to this. First, you discover what a vendor is truly capable of. Would you have guessed a catering vendor can also handle creating photo-worthy tablescapes without you having to lift a finger?
Next, you’re able to touch, feel, and explore all the options. Sit in the chiavari chairs, feel the texture of the custom linens, grab a drink from the custom bar, practice your vows under the unique floral trellis—there is no other place where you’ll be able to physically interact with all the décor you could imagine in one place. All the most recent trends will be in the forefront to help you plan a dream wedding that escapes the clichés.
No one can plan a wedding alone! You need experts on your side. What better place to find them than at a bridal fair? These types of events are a gold mine for wedding industry experts all in one place. We recommend compiling a list of your questions prior to the show so you can target exact booths to visit so you can gain answers to your most pressing questions.
Bridal fairs are literally a one-stop shop for all your wedding needs. DJ? Check! Photographer? Check! Caterer? Check! Sites like The Knot and WeddingWire have vendor checklists you can download before your visit so you make sure you’re not missing anyone who’s critical to your big day. If you find vendors you like, you can schedule a meeting on-site or at their office for another day to help you make your final decision.
You can Google wedding deals and discounts for days, but you’ll never find the number of special offers you gain when attending a bridal fair, even for just an hour or so. Typically at a bridal fair, vendors will provide a special show discount either for that day only, or with a discount code to provide specific to the show. You’ll usually get a swag bag when you enter that will have all sorts of wedding-related freebies and gifts inside. Individual booths may have fun giveaways throughout the day, so make sure to stick around!
You only get married once, so why not take advantage of it? Try a piece of cake (or a few!). Vendors will usually use bridal fairs as the spot to showcase their latest culinary masterpieces–everything from bacon bars to specialty cocktails or cake flavors you won’t be able to decide between.
Happy Day Catering will always have menus showcasing what we can do. We can customize all items to your specific event and dietary needs, so come talk with our coordinators to see what we can put together extra special, just for you!
All this being said, it’s time to go out there and choose which bridal fairs you’re going to hit up prior to your wedding day. Soak up all the knowledge, take advantage of all the freebies, and discover all your options one fair at a time. Be sure to stop by and see us at the next one!
2020 Lewiston Clarkston Bridal Fair is February 22nd at the Nez Perce County Fairgrounds expo pavilion. Learn more about 2019’s event here, then come check us out and see what’s new in the wedding world for you!
Need help planning your dream wedding? Give us a call today!