This week, tickets for the New Orleans Bride Magazine bi-annual bridal show went on sale. Bridal shows are an essential part of the wedding planning process. These shows allow brides to meet face-to-face with the top wedding professionals New Orleans (and the surrounding areas) has to offer. Aisles upon aisles greet each doting bride as she enters into the ballroom at the Hyatt Regency downtown – after, of course, being greeted by the woman who’s dress holds complimentary champagne; a necessity. The vast ballroom can be slightly overwhelming, but do not fret. LTEC is here to help you navigate the ins-and-outs of a bridal show and how to walk away a success.

  1. Be the (Wo)Man With the Plan. Make a list of the essentials that you still need for your wedding day. Do you need flowers? What about a band? When you know exactly what you are looking for, it is infinitely less intimidating and easier to accomplish your goals.
  2. 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.
  3. Take notes. Well, maybe have your MOH or a bridesmaid take notes. But when you’re asking a florist all the information 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.

 

 

For more bridal advice and trends, below is a WGNO video interview with New Orleans Bride Magazine editor Melanie Warner Spencer.

 

 

 

Dear Grooms, we have no forgotten you. This year, we are debuting the “Groom Room,” a spot filled with the perfect professionals to make sure the gents have an equally splendid day – both at the wedding and at the bridal show.

 

See you June 10th!

 

 

 

 

We are excited to announce New Orleans Bride Magazine‘s partnership with Brides Against Breast Cancer, a non-profit organization that contributes to programs for cancer patients and their families, for its National Tour of Gowns Charity Bridal Event and Trunk Sale on June 21. Stay tuned to LTEC for more information.