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Bridal Shows: How to get the most out of them, Part 2

Terrific tips to make the most of bridal shows!

Bring your fianc�. with you for at least one trip to the event, then go again with your Mother and girlfriends. Going twice allows you to really take in everything you need to see.

Do your best to stay together. If you are the bride and the groom is somewhere else, if may be difficult to make a choice later about a specific service unless both of you were present to hear the information. Mother of the bride. If you are the mother of the bride and are gathering information for the bride and groom, make notes on the business card, brochure or flyer that you think might interest them the most. Bringing a small notebook and pen to make special notes is helpful.

Vendor information. If a vendor gives you information that you especially like and want to follow up with at a later date, put that information in a special bag, not with all the other stuff you may collect. Bring your own light-weight carrying bag. Some vendors will give you one, however, use your "own" bag to separate vendor information that is of special interest to you and use the vendor bag for everything else.

Bring a red pen. Another idea is to bring a red pen and mark that vendors information in a special way that will indicate your level of interest. Make notes on business cards, the brochure or flyer for easy reference later.

Bring a small notebook and pen. You never know what tips or ideas you'll find out and want to write down. There's so much to see that by the time you get home, you may forget.

Bring your personal planner. so you will have your bridal shower, rehearsal, wedding and other important dates handy. It can also be helpful if you choose to make an appointment with one of the vendors. Ask about the exhibitors availability if you are interested.

Don't be hasty. Be sure not to make speedy judgments on whether the information offered might be of interest to you. Take one minute to listen to their offer and if a vendor offers you literature you do not want, don't take it! Be polite. Just say "No, thank you" and walk on. Vendors appreciate your candor because they spend a lot of money on their wedding flyers, promotional pieces, etc.

Prizes. Some vendors offer drawings for prizes. Prevent writer's cramp! Bring address labels to save time in filling out registration blanks. Computer savvy? Make your own labels (or business card) on your computer.

Complete information. It is helpful to include your name, the grooms name, complete address, your wedding date & location, phone numbers and e-mail address. This is very helpful to the vendor when you request additional information. If you don't bring labels, print very clearly when registering for anything.

Don't register for everything! If you know you will not need the service, don't register, otherwise you may be receiving unneeded information from their mailing list for many months to come.

Identify yourself. Wear a Bride or Groom sticker to receive special attention from vendors.

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