Attending a bridal expo or two is a great way to check out various vendors all in one trip, and a fantastic opportunity to make headway on your wedding to-do list.
Before you visit your first wedding expo, take a gander at the pitfalls below, to ensure you don’t fall victim to any of them.
Have a game plan. When you visit the various bridal expo websites, you’ll notice that the visiting vendors are typically listed. Make a note of which vendors you want to visit, and create a semi-strict itinerary with a little bit of wiggle room, just in case a few unexpected vendors catch your attention. You don't want to wind up not having enough time to see all the vendors you want because you didn't draft a rough plan beforehand.
Don’t hand out your contact information unless you’re certain you want that vendor contacting you—but even then, taking their information is best. This puts you in the power position of choosing when you’d like to have contact with that vendor. It also gives you the opportunity to explore other vendors before deciding on your final picks.
Even though it might be tempting to take every freebie that’s given to you, don’t. The last thing you’ll want to worry about is a sore back from lugging around too much stuff (not to mention the clutter you'll experience once you bring everything home). If you simply can’t resist, then wait until the last couple of hours to take any freebies.
Have a pen and a pad of paper handy for taking notes. For example, when it comes time to look at bridal dresses, it will be easier if you have pre-written notes handy on which styles you loved the most.