Can we be honest for a minute? I’m not sure I really like Bridal Shows. I wasn’t too enthusiastic about attending them as a bride and I find them just as overwhelming and daunting as a vendor. Don’t get me wrong, I love meeting new people and connecting with new clients and hearing all about their day and plans and getting inspired from their ideas. However these long, bonding conversations don’t happen as often as I’d like :(. Brides are being bombarded by all of us vendors and I know it’s overwhelming. At the end of the day you’re exhausted and hauling bags of random paraphernalia from people you don’t remember meeting and some you don’t even need. “Hey, I already have a location and a band….” And yet you are left to sort through 32 location brochures that are soon to fill your trash can and multiple band and DJ postcards spouting awesomeness and bridal show discounts.
Personally, as a bride, I really wanted to connect with my vendors! I a photographer who was going to listen to what my idea of the “important shots” were; a band who was actually going to play what we wanted to hear; a florist who listened to our decor ideas and had input on how to best highlight and decorate our venue and offer bouquet ideas. I wanted professionalism and creativity and personalization.
So what am I doing this year to try and offer those same traits to my couples? I am, for now, forgoing the large bridal shows and focusing on boutique shows at locations I’m familiar with and can offer insight on. My first show will be at Stonewall Jackson Country Club. I’m very familiar with Jeanna and have photographed weddings there previously. Plus, these shows have smaller attendance so I can really determine what best to offer to each couple that I click with. (Chemistry is so very very important!) if you’re getting married at Stonewall, head over to the show and say hello. I’ll post about some other smaller shows I’m doing too; and leave feedback below about your feelings regarding bridal shows and what we as vendors can do to make them more beneficial and enjoyable for you and less stressful for us too!