No you’re not imagining things, it’s wedding show season!
With a sea of shows lined up for the to-be wed couple, it can be quite overwhelming to visit them all.
It may leave you more confused about what you really want at your wedding, and not to mention, they may leave you with a huge hole in your wallet.
So what should you do?
Do you try and visit every show that is coming up?
How do you decide which show is right for you?
To start off with, do your research.
Look into these expos to get an idea as to what couple they are geared towards. Every wedding show has a look and feel to it that is designed to attract a certain type of couple.
If you are looking to have a luxury wedding with all of the bells and whistles, then I wouldn’t recommend checking out a show that is catered towards the frugal bride. This is because the vendors that specialize in luxury weddings are more likely to see your vision and help it come to life.
Likewise, if you are a bride on a budget, don’t go to a show that is catered towards luxury weddings. Trust me, it will only make you feel like you need to spend a lot more money than you intend on.
Budget aside, theres also a cultural aspect you need to consider.
Most of the weddings I’ve planned are with either south asian couples, or multicultural ones and so I find myself always referring clients to shows like Suhaag, Kismet, or Nikah.
These shows are catered towards south asian couples. They understand the traditions, family values and responsibilities that come with planning a south asian wedding.
Review your wedding list.
Once you’ve narrowed down your list to maybe 3 or 4 shows (anything more and you’re likely to just get overwhelmed), review your wedding check list.
If you don’t have one, email me and I can help create one for you!
See what is still left to be done.
From that list, also make sure to highlight aspects of the wedding that you really want to hammer down at the show. Pick two or three services you would like to book and focus on that.
Finally, reach out!
You have done your research, picked a few shows you plan on visiting and have committed to trying and booking the services that you want. Now what?
You create a team of super supporters and plan a date with them!
You want to ask people who know your style, budget and can really help suggest the best thing for you. It can be your fiancé, parents, in-laws, bridal party, whoever!
Let them know in advance what your game plan is and ensure that they keep you on track.
Finding the right vendors for your big day is no easy task, and I'll go more in depth about next week (subscribe to keep updated!), but if you attend the right wedding shows, with your list in hand and with the company of your close friends/family, you'll find the whole experience to be quite enjoyable.
Till next time,