Bridal Fair 101: After the Show

First off, thank-you to everyone that came to the TRU bridal fair this past Sunday!  It was so great to meet so many new brides.  Royce and I are unbelievably excited to get this summer booked up.

Secondly, now that you’ve attended the fair I thought I’d give you some tips on where to go from here.

1.  Sort

Take all the business and price cards out of your bag and sort them based on vendor type (ie. all photographers together, etc.).  If you’ve picked up more than 3 vendors of one type, narrow them down until you only have 3 or less to choose from.

2.  Research

Make sure that you look at their websites to see if you still like their style and they fit your budget.  Choosing your vendors wisely is very important, especially when choosing your planner and photographer.  A planner has to understand your vision for your wedding and work well with you as you will be in close contact and you need to trust them!  In terms of your photographer, do not say you can’t afford it.  I can’t express this enough.  Your photos are the only tangible item you take with you after the “I Do’s” are over and thousands of dollars are spent.  There is no price tag to put on your photos so you need to love them.

3.  Contact

Don’t wait too long to contact vendors you’re seriously interested in because you might miss out on their bridal fair rates or they could book up before you get to them.  Here are a few things you should ask:

1) Are you available on my wedding date?

2) How much do you need for a deposit?

3) What is the final cost (including tax!)?

4) Can we meet up/When can I come in to book?

4.  Book

When booking you will put down a deposit (non-refundable) and likely sign a contract.  If you are not signing a contract… you should be.  Don’t ever hire a vendor without a contract because it is basically like vendor insurance for the both of you.  The contract tells you how much you’ve paid, how much you owe, and the circumstances of your agreement.  If you hire a planner one of the first things they’ll ask from you is the contracts of any of the vendors you’ve hired thus far so they have them on file for your wedding day.  Everything will/should go smoothly if you have it in writing!

Alright brides, time to start your planning!  If you have any questions don’t hesitate to fill out my contact form on my website and I’ll get back to you asap!

-Nicole

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