We are so excited about our TWO amazing shows coming up in the next two weeks. First up is the Northern Utah Bridal Extravaganza at the Davis Conference Center this Saturday, January 16th from 11:00-5:00. Then just one week later on Saturday, January 23rd, is one of Utah’s most popular and exciting bridal show’s of the year: The Grand America Bridal Extravganza!
Brides from all over Utah will be able to meet with dozens of Utah’s very best wedding professionals to help inspire them and help them plan their perfect day. Thousands of dollars in gifts and prizes will be given out throughout the day and one lucky bride will win an amazing Honeymoon!
Brides and guests will also have the opportunity to try samples from Utah’s best cake decorators, ice cream vendors, and caterers. You will have the chance to chat with the state’s best professionals from photographers to florists, to DJS and gorgeous venues, and more! Here are a few key things we HIGHLY recommend you do when attending the Bridal Extravaganza.
1. Arrive early
Those that arrive first to the bridal shows automatically receive some of the coolest prizes. Often their are prizes given out to the first brides to arrive at the show! Many times brides show up towards the end of the show thinking they will just check it out. Little did they realize there is so much to do and see that they wish they would have arrived earlier. Also, brides who are wanting to win the Honeymoon Giveaway will have to meet certain requirements in order to win, so if you just show up at the end you won’t be eligible.
2. Pre-register before the show
Save time by registering before the show. Registration only takes a few minutes and will save you from having to fill out a registration form at the show. There are also discounts available if you pre-register. Even though the line to get in may seem long before the show starts, once the doors open, those who are already registered and checked in are simply able to walk in the show. Make sure those attending the show with you pre-register online as well. There are separate check in areas for those brides and guests who are pre-registered and those who still need to register and pay. Click HERE to register now for the Davis Show. Click HERE to register now for the Grand America show!
3. Bring your fiancé, friends, and/or family
Bring your mom, future mother-in-law, bridesmaids, sisters, friends, and/or your groom! This lets everyone feel involved and allows you to bounce ideas back and forth. Many brides bring their maids of honor and their bridesmaids to help them with decisions and to get their input. Many others will bring their mothers or mothers-in-law as this helps them feel more a part of the planning process. Plus, in many cases they are the ones paying for it all. Bring your fiancé, let him feel a part of it. Believe it or not most guys do care about their wedding day!
4. Contact info labels
Wedding vendors will often have drawings for prizes at their booths. Instead of having to fill out multiple forms with your contact info, prepare some electronic labels before the bridal show. Information to include: your name, address, phone number, wedding date, and email address. This is something that will really help you as you go through the show. Trust us on this one, you will be so glad you did this.
5. Bring a notebook and pen
Bring a notebook and pen so you can take notes. Write down contact info of vendors you talked to or thoughts you have while attending the bridal show. You will visit with a lot of vendors. Make sure you write down things that really jump out and impress you. Realize that if you don’t write it down you could likely forget something important. There are many times where we get phone calls from brides after the show asking who the vendors were in the show because they didn’t take down any notes.
6. Take pictures!
Bringing a simple digital camera or having your phone with picture taking capabilities with you will allow you to quickly snap a shot of some of the great things you want to remember from the show. Did you see a great dress during a bridal fashion show? Maybe there is a great cake from a wedding cake designer. This will allow you to go back and see some of the things that impressed you the most.
7. Know your budget
Setting your wedding budget and knowing who is responsible for each thing will help you make decisions and know what you are looking for while attending the show. Shows tend to feature vendors that not only appeal to various interests and personalities, but also to various budgets. While one vendor could be more expensive than your budget allows, the next one you meet with could meet your needs just fine.
8. Bring your purse/checkbook
Many wedding vendors will offer a special day-of-the-bridal-show-only discount. This will help you save even more money (and time!) if you are able to find your vendor at the bridal show. The Bridal Extravaganza also gives you an additional incentive for booking your vendors at the show –Extra entries into the Grand Prize Drawing for the Honeymoon Giveaway! Most vendors will require a deposit to secure your wedding date. Please be aware that certain dates fill up very fast so if you find a vendor you want to work with, put the deposit down because chances are if you don’t someone else will book them.
Also, shows sometimes have boutique vendors who are selling anything from pants, shirts, jewelry, bags, discount eyebrow waxing, etc. This is a great way for you to pick up gifts for your bridesmaids or to pick up something extra for your wedding day or for any day.
9. Do your research
Know which wedding services you need before the show. Also try to find out which wedding vendors will be exhibiting. This will help you know what questions to ask and allow you to visit those vendors you are particularly interested in.
10. Take part in the prizes offered during the show
Many shows offer prizes that are given away throughout the day and a grand prize drawing at the end of the day. At the upcoming shows we will be giving away an amazing honeymoon package! The grand prize drawing at the end of the show is an exciting event for the brides full of anticipation! Imagine a relaxing honeymoon in a beautiful location that you never thought you could afford. In addition to the Honeymoon Giveaway, thousands of dollars in prizes will be given away throughout the day at the show. Many brides will leave with some incredible gifts. It very well could be you.
11. Make a day of it
Both of our upcoming shows are sure to big and exciting! Plan on attending the bridal show for several hours. This will allow you to visit all the vendors and find everything you need. With the fashion shows, boutique vendors, music and entertainment, booths to see, vendors to visit with, etc, you can spend several hours at a show and still feel like you missed something. This is the wedding event you DO NOT want to miss. Most importantly and above all – have fun as you let us help you plan the wedding of your dreams!
We are excited to see you at the show this weekend (or next week at the Grand America!) One more reminder to register early! It will save you money and it will also save you a lot of time. Brides and Guests that are pre-registered are able to just walk in once the show opens!