Tips and Ideas For Brides Attending The Upcoming Winter Bridal Extravaganza Show
A Wedding At The Grand America Display
Winters biggest and best wedding show is this weekend at Utah’s most elegant and classy location, The Grand America. With over 130 wedding professionals on hand, fashion shows and live music this is the show you do not want to miss. That being said here are some tips to help you get the most out of the show. There will also be some amazing hair and makeup professionals available to give you a quick little make over or updo. You will be able to sample food from some of Utah’s best cake decorators and caterers. You will be able to chat with the states best photographers and wedding gown designers and see so many other things you may never have thought of for your wedding You will also be able to see what A WEDDING AT THE GRAND AMERICA looks like as they set up a room for brides to see first hand. 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. Many Utah Bridal Shows offer discounts and incentives for arriving early to the show. The Upcoming Bridal Extravaganza at The South Towne Expo is giving away a 2 night get away to the first 150 brides who arrive. Not a bad deal for just showing up early. 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.
Parking - The Grand America is conveniently located downtown but it isn’t in the middle of all the confusion. There is plenty of parking in The Grand America’s parking garage. However, you can also avoid the parking garage and its parking fees by parking across the street for FREE at the Little America. Another suggestion is to take Trax. The Trax line stops directly in Front of The Grand America. Even better if you were to go somewhere else downtown The Grand America stop is part of the FREE FAIR zone in down town Salt Lake. So if you wanted to park at The Gateway and then come on over, you could do so at no cost on TRAX.
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. While 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. Make sure those attending the show with you pre-register online as well. There are separate check in tables for those brides and guests who are pre-registered and those who still need to register and pay. Click Here To Pre Register.
3. Bring your friends
Bringing your friends to the bridal show will help them feel involved and also give you a chance to bounce ideas back and forth. Many brides bring their maids of honor and their brides maids to help them with decisions. 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.
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. Bring a digital camera
Bringing a simple digital camera will allow you to quickly remember some of the great things you saw at 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 of all kinds that fit into many different wedding 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 checkbook – Extra Incentives to Book With Vendors Day of Show.
Many wedding vendors will offer a special day-of-the-bridal-show-only discount. This will help you save even more money 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! 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. For every vendor you book with at the show you will receive 1 entry into the Grand Prize Drawing. This is a great way for you to not only solidify your wedding vendors but to also give you a better chance at the Dream Honeymoon.
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.
To see a list of participating vendors for this show go here.
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. I know of one bride at a recent show who won three different prizes provided by the show vendors. Because of it she was able to save almost $1000 on her wedding. Money she said she used to pay for a honeymoon they didn’t think they would be able to take. Grand prize drawings at the end of the show are an exciting thing for the brides, imagine having your wedding in a location you never dreamed of or taking a honey moon trip to an all inclusive resort that you never thought you could afford. Thousands of dollars in prizes will be given away at The Winter Bridal Extravaganza. Many brides will leave with some incredible gifts. It very well could be you. Not only will one lucky bride win the honeymoon of her dreams but the upcoming Bridal Extravaganza also offers a 3 day trip to an all inclusive resort for the brides mother or mother-in-law, all they have to do is register for it. Pretty great way to say thank you to your mother or your fiance’s mother.
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We are excited to see you at the show this weekend. A 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.
We are excited to see you this Saturday at the Grand America for Utah’s biggest & best bridal show of the YEAR!!
If you haven’t yet pre registered to attend we highly encourage you do so today.