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Bridal Shows: How to get the most out of them, Part 3

Terrific tips to make the most of bridal shows!

Bring your checkbook. In case you want to book any services or give a deposit to hold a date, remember to bring your checkbook. If you are comfortable with the vendor, by all means, go for it. You will often find great discounts that are available only at the show. Proceed with caution and choose wisely. Read the fine print.

Ask for referrals. If you see one of the vendors you have already hired at a show, ask them for referrals to other reputable vendors you need. They may have worked with them at previous weddings and can make a valuable referral. Don't by shy. Don't be afraid to tell someone that you already have booked their service with another vendor. Take a minute and visit with them anyway. Who knows? You make pick up a tip or suggestion you or your vendor hadn't considered.

Most vendors respect your decisions and would never push their services on you if you already have another provider. Vendors respect each other. Don't worry, it takes a lot to hurt our feelings.

Walk away. People often walk past booths because they fear the vendor will pounce or be overly aggressive. Some are. If a vendor tries to "pressure" you into booking their services or placing a deposit with them "right now," keep walking! Do not accept any pushy sales pitch to sign now!

Socialize and relax. Enjoy the food, get a soft drink and socialize. Plan a "rest break" about every hour. Pick up free samples, magazines, sample menus, business cards, brochures, and catalogs to take with you and review them later in the privacy of your own home.

No stress! Wedding shows are not supposed to be stressful or overwhelming. There is so much to see and so many vendors. Taking your time to view each exhibit will help reduce the stress. Remember wedding planning is preferably done over time, not in one day. It's one decision at a time.

Don't wait to book. Many of the exhibitors book up rather quickly on popular wedding dates, so don't wait too long after the show before you decide to call or utilize their services. Generally speaking, there is a rush of appointments and often their calendars fill quickly immediately after a bridal show.

Need an action plan. Remember, if you go in with a plan of action, you most likely will get most of your planning done in one afternoon or at least gather enough information to make an informed decision when reviewing the info at your leisure.

Be comfortable. Be sure to dress casual and wear comfortable shoes. You will be doing a lot of walking. Be prepared for sore feet.

Grooms take note! You may want to make arrangements for a foot massage for your future bride or arrange a visit to the hot tub when the day is through.

Have a great time!

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