Bridal Show Survival Guide

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Bridal Show Survival Guide
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If you are just starting to plan your wedding, or if you are still trying to find the perfect wedding specialists to complete your list, you are probably considering attending a bridal show.  If you have never attended one before, it can be quite overwhelming.  Arguably, it’s even overwhelming to the participants who are there to help you.  But it is also the perfect place to meet and talk with, albeit sometimes only briefly, those wedding professionals who can help you on your wedding day.
Bridal Show Survival Tips by Award Winning Wedding Photographer Kurt Nielsen Photography

Here are a few tips to assist in your bridal show survival.
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1.  Pre-Register.  Almost all of the bridal shows now allow you to pre-register for the event.  This will save you lots of time from standing in line.  In addition, many also allow you to purchase your tickets online as well.  Of course, purchasing them online will save you even more time.

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2.  Show Up Early.  Bridal shows are very busy and chaotic.  Arriving early means you will be able to get to speak with the wedding professionals before most of the rest of the brides.  This is especially important when your wedding date is the same date that many other brides also want.  Remember that when booking a wedding professional, it is usually a first-come, first-served basis, so if you know you want to book a particular wedding professional, the sooner you do that the better your chances will be of getting your wedding dream team.

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3.  Print Address Labels.  Almost all of the wedding specialists will have some sort of drawing.  Print address labels prior to attending to save time.  Be sure to include your name, email address, phone number and wedding date.  Not only does this save time, but will spare your hand from cramping!

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4.  Know your budget.  Knowing your budget will save you the embarrassment of hiring someone you will not be able to afford and then have to cancel their services.  Keep in mind that most deposits are non refundable to protect the vendor.  Therefore, it’s better for you to spend that money on things that are necessary and that you can afford.  Don’t waste it on the fluff no one will remember.

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5.  Bring your checkbook!  If you are serious about planning your wedding, you will want to bring your checkbook.  Many wedding professionals do not accept credit card payments.  Therefore, it is wise to bring your checkbook.  This will ensure you get the wedding specialists that you want from the show.

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6.  Have your calendar available.  If you wish to sit down and meet with your favorite wedding specialists before booking them, you should know when you are available.  Chances are that they have their calendars with them and can schedule an appointment at the show.

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7.  Bring your posse.  Have your mom, your maid of honor, your bridesmaids, and your fiancee come with you.  Bring whoever will be helping you plan your wedding.   (Just be careful not to bring too many people so you don’t get overwhelmed or confused.)  They can help you decide on things and also help carry the massive amounts of literature that you will receive from the show vendors and also help you fill out the drawing entry forms.

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8.  Take notes, pictures and collect as much information as you can.  There will be a lot of things running through your brain and this will help you keep track of what you like.  Accordingly, there will also be a lot of photo booths that you can try out, so be camera ready!

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9.  Eat before you go.  No one likes it when you are hangry.  There will be small, almost bite-sized, food samples at the show.  But, they are just samples and not enough to fill you up.  It’s a good idea to eat lunch before the show to help keep your mind focused.

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11.  Bring something to drink.  You will be talking to a lot of people and your mouth will get very dry.  For that reason, you should bring something that will quench your thirst and keep you going.

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12.  Wear comfortable shoes!  Your entire bridal show survival could depend on your feet comfort level!  You will be doing a lot of walking and standing.  There will not be any seating areas provided in the venue.  Therefore, it’s important to wear something comfortable and supportive.

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13.  Don’t get pressured into booking at the show!  There will be many eager brides ready to find the one perfect wedding professional for their special day.  And there will also be many eager wedding professionals ready to fill their calendars with weddings.  Don’t let their overzealous antics force you into a contract that you aren’t ready to sign.

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14.  Have fun!  Don’t forget to have fun at the bridal show!  After all, this is what you have dreamed of and worked for your whole life.

sun's out, guns out bridal pose at real perrysburg weddingIf you have recently become engaged and are looking for a wedding photographer and/or photo booth, I will be at the Sounds of Music DJs Superbowl of All Bridal Shows on Saturday, January 27 and Sunday, January 28 from 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm. I will be located at The Premier on Heatherdowns.  Don’t forget to stop by and say hi and check out my photography and my photo booth! Here is a map of the layout and where I will be.
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Use these tips to get the most out of the bridal expo! Happy planning!
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Intimate Toledo Club Wedding – Beth and Tom

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Intimate Toledo Club Wedding

Beth and Tom

Toledo Club Wedding in the Corinthian RoomBeth and Tom chose the old world charm of  The Toledo Club for their intimate May wedding.  The beautiful wedding ceremony was performed in the Corinthian Room on the fourth floor of the Toledo Club.  The acanthus leaf carved motif ceiling molding and the ornate slender columns provided a beautiful setting with a Greek feel.  Afterward, the reception was held in the Red Room where the oak paneling and robust red carpet affirmed this room’s luxurious Italian Renaissance Revival Style.  Moreover, the soft glow of the handcrafted crystal chandelier added warmth to the already elegant room.
Wedding photography in the Red Room at the Toledo Club 

Breaking with Tradition

There is nothing traditional about Beth and Tom’s wedding. First, they started the day together. Of course, this included helping each other get ready for the wedding.
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After the Wedding Ceremony

While the bride and groom were greeting their guests in the receiving line, champagne was served to the guests.
Champagne glasses for toast wedding toast romantic wedding photos wedding receiving line wedding officiantThe marriage certificate and license are signed after the ceremony. The bride’s daughter and the groom’s daughter served as witnesses to the marriage ceremony.  Therefore they signed the license and certificate of marriage.
singing the marriage license marriage license signing white roses and white hydrangeas white wedding flowersDinner was served in the Red Room while the bride and groom mingled with their guests.  Afterward, the bride and groom cut the wedding cake.
Events at the Toledo Club cutting the wedding cake white frosting roses wedding cakeCongratulations to Beth and Tom. Thank you for allowing me to capture your beautiful wedding.
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Kurt Nielsen Photography
5431 Schultz Drive
Sylvania, OH 43560
419 885 7153

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