Twice a year New Orleans Bride Magazine gathers all of the city’s premier wedding professionals into one location for a nuptial extravaganza. Tomorrow, June 15, Bride will hold its second 2016 bridal show at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. The magazine’s staff will be joined by more than 140 vendors who will set up booths as far as the eye can see.
As a bride this might sound daunting – a room full of people who could make your wedding dreams a reality, and you need to meet every one of them? But we have you covered.
Last week, editor Melanie Warner Spencer sat down with WWL’s Sally-Ann Roberts and offered a few tips and tricks on how to tackle a bridal show. Below are some highlights, plus a few more, to make sure you are show-ready for tomorrow’s big event.
Make a list: Check vendors’ social media pages and New Orleans Bride’s Facebook posts to see which of your favorites will be there. Make a list of the companies you want to meet, and make sure to prioritize visiting their booths first.
Have questions ready: When you are talking with professionals that will help shape your wedding, it’s like an interview. You are there to make sure their vibe matches with yours. Have a list of questions prepared at the beginning so you don’t forget in the moment.
Use name cards: Upon meeting all of the wedding professionals in attendance, you will be asked multiple times to write your name, email, wedding date, etc. for more information from each of the vendors. There are many ways to make this process quick and easy – and less stressful. Cards or labels, much like address labels, are a genius way to quickly give your information out to the professionals. All you have to do is print them out before you arrive, peel and stick onto the page provided by the vendors.
Pick up all the information: Upon entering the event, you will be handed a swag bag. This will come in handy when picking up vendor information. Sometimes you won’t be able to get the complete one-on-one time with each vendor; when you pick up their card and brochure information it will give you a better understanding of their company and provide a way to contact them in the future.
Take notes: Well, maybe have your MOH or a bridesmaid take notes. But when you’re asking a florist about types and sizes of flowers and bouquets, it will be much easier to remember everything the next day when you have perfectly written notes – or nicely typed notes in your handy “Notes” app on your phone. This way, you will have prices and information ready and waiting for when you make all of your decisions.
Get the champagne: New Orleans Bride is offering complimentary champagne upon arrival. Take the glass of champagne and relax. This is supposed to be a fun time for you and your entourage!
TICKET INFORMATION: June 2016 New Orleans Magazine Bridal Show, 6 to 9 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Meet with the city’s premier wedding industry professionals and plan every aspect of your Big Day from the engagement to the honeymoon and everything between! Click here for advance tickets and additional information.