With a new year comes the first of New Orleans Bride’s 2023 bridal shows. On Thursday, Jan. 5, at the Higgins Hotel, join New Orleans Bride magazine and many of New Orleans top wedding professionals for a night of complimentary champagne and wedding planning. The best part is brides get in for FREE.

Additionally, the Higgins is offering attendees a discount to stay at the hotel. Not only will you be able to start wedding planning, but you can also turn the night into a staycation in the city.

We’ve written about the bridal show many times before and come up with a few key tips and tricks to make sure you get the most out of your show experience.

New email address (specifically for wedding planning) – Everything is done digitally now and email communication is paramount. If you’re not hiring a wedding planner, you’ll be handling your correspondence. To keep everything in order, we suggest setting up an email specifically for wedding planning. This keeps all emails separate from anything personal and makes it easy to find and reference emails as the Big Day draws near.

Printed labels/Phone charger/Pens – Typically, we suggest printing labels with your contact information on them to make sharing your information with vendors simple, however, given the current state of things, it might be easier to ensure your phone is charged to take pictures of vendor information or to open any given QR codes to save and return to after you’ve left the show. If you have it, a portable phone charger might come in handy, as well. Additionally, if you don’t have access to printed labels, it’s always good to make sure you have your own pen to keep physical contact low and, it’s just handier.

Take notes – In line with bringing your own pen, we also suggest taking notes. You’ll meet a lot of people, have many conversations, and you’ll want to take note of all of it – positive and negative. Notes will help you remember specifics and even match up with any photos taken during the event. This may also be a good task for your betrothed, a friend, wedding attendant or family member, if you choose to bring someone with you.

It’s Bridal Show Time

The show starts at 6 p.m., features door prizes announced every 20 minutes throughout the event, and conclude at 8 p.m. with a grand prize drawing that includes a pair of 1-carat diamond stud earrings from Symmetry Jewelers.

Click here for more details on the show, tickets and hotel accommodation information.