A wedding expo can seem like an overwhelming experience, but it’s a must for most brides. It’s an event where all types of venues and vendors come together to portray their services in the best light. It’s totally up to each bride if the expo is a place to find her chosen services, but there’s no question it’s a great place to start the hunt.
1. You’ll Be Exposed to a Variety of Vendors all Under One Roof
The best thing a wedding expo offers is a variety of services for hire and products for sale all under one roof. One aisle in the expo may be full of photographers while the other may be full of bakers—and then next aisle over may feature dresses. You will find different themes and varying services from each vendor. If you want elaborate, over-the-top wedding decor, you can find it just as easily as the more minimal decorations and styles. The power to choose is in your hands as you wander around and decide what catches your eye.
2. You’ll Have Information Overload—In a Good Way
This might sound like a bad thing, but expect information overload. Just remember that while they may be overwhelming, wedding expos are a unique opportunity to kick off your wedding planning because you will get exposure to what’s really out there and available to you as you plan. Bring a notepad and record details as you talk to potential vendors and salespeople. You’ll pick up lots of different flyers and packets, so it’s best to bring a tote bag so you can sort through them all when you get home. (And don’t forget to sample the cake!)
3. You’re Presented with Opportunities to Save Money
Since there are so many vendors competing for your money in one place, you can expect to get great deals at a wedding expo. Most vendors offer specials so they can reel in clients. Even if they don’t offer a deal, don’t be afraid to ask because they don’t want you going next door to snag a better price. This is their time to shine and your time to choose—so it’s a win-win for everyone when you sign on the dotted line.
4. You’ll Get Fresh Ideas for Everything from the Dress to the Cake
You’re going to see every type of wedding vendor imaginable at a wedding expo. You can browse around seeing ideas for your wedding that you never even thought of. You might see wild wedding cakes with designs you’ve never considered before, or fall in love with a dress that’s the complete opposite of what you had in mind. Take these ideas and find the vendor that fits your budget and style, whether that’s at the expo itself or later on in your own time planning. (This is where that notepad comes in handy to jot down your favorite new details.)
5. You Can Receive Advice from Wedding Professionals
The people at wedding expos are professionals, so don’t be afraid to ask them anything! They understand that wedding planning is fun, but difficult. If you need advice about what to serve or what type of photographer you need, just ask each vendor and they’ll be more than happy to give them your advice. Even if they don’t have what you need, they can direct you to their favorite colleagues who can give you the best service for your wedding.
6. You Can Get Free Samples and Enter Contests
One thing a wedding vendor loves to do is showcase their products. You can expect to sample a lot of cake, and pick up all sorts of wedding swag like potential wedding favors. Even better—many of the vendors offer winnings. You get to put your name in drawings for everything from saving a bit of money on a service to a free honeymoon. Beware that this is also a way for the vendors to have your contact information, but getting a solicitation email for their services just might be worth a free wedding package, so go for it!