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What to do after a Bridal Show

So you went to our Bridal Show, fell in love with too many wedding gowns, and met some pretty amazing people. How can you use the information you learned and the contacts you made to your advantage? We can help with that…

Get Organized

It’s all about organization when you attend a bridal show. If you brought along a notebook, planner, a folder, or your wedding planning binder, you’re already one step ahead of the game! If not, no worries! That’s why we provide you with those lovely little Today’s Bride pink tote bags. They serve as a great storing place to hold all of the pamphlets, business cards, and literature you collected throughout the show.

It’s important to sort through your bag immediately while all the information is fresh. Save your favorites on My Favorites so you have a list with links to their profiles easily accessible in your email. You should also write down the names of the vendors you spoke to, so you can ask for them specifically when you call. The longer you wait to do this, the harder it will be to remember details. You went to the show to meet awesome wedding professionals. If you can’t remember them, it’s all a waste.

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Time to Research

Once you’ve organized your stack of papers, it’s time to research. Compare prices, photo galleries, services, and years of experience. You may also want to check out their website, social media links, and some reviews. Creating an Excel document or downloading our printables can be extremely helpful at this point in your planning. They will clearly organize all of your information so you can easily compare and weigh the advantages and disadvantages.

Remember, it’s not always about the price. Did you feel like you connected with a vendor and that they truly understood your vision and what you wanted for your wedding day? Maybe one vendor was a little pricier, but also has years more experience and better reviews. When you’re hiring wedding professionals, make sure to choose the one that you are most comfortable working with.

Set up Appointments

Getting in contact with those vendors is the best way to do just that. Once you’ve narrowed down your list of favorites, email or call them to set up a meeting and discuss important details. (Remember that magazine we gave you at the show? It will be extremely helpful in this step as it has pages of questions to ask vendors and spots to take notes!) If someone takes a long time to respond to you, doesn’t seem flexible or willing to accommodate your needs, or you just don’t get a good vibe from them, scratch them off your list and move on to the next one. Remember, trust your gut. If you feel like someone isn’t a good match, they probably aren’t. It’s a lot like finding your fiancé; it may take a lot of searching, but once you find the right vendor, it’ll be worth it.

After a Bridal Show | As seen on

Book your Vendor

Finally, book an appointment to sit down and sign that contract! After meeting them at the bridal show, contacting them, researching their experience and past weddings, and doing just a little bit of Facebook and Google stalking, it’s time to pull that trigger! That’s what attending our show was all about, right? Trust that you’ll make the right decision and that these experts can make your dream wedding a reality.

Hopefully, you had as great a time at the shows as we did. We loved getting to see all of the brides, grooms, moms, dads, and friends attending and meeting the best vendors Northeast Ohio has to offer. Remember to ask your favorite vendors if they accept the Discount Card we gave you – worth 10% off up to $100 – or check the full list of participating exhibitors here.



1 Comment

I really like that you suggested to keep organized after the bridal show by going through the information you took down will still new in your mind. I’m going to a bridal show in a few weeks. This is definitely going to help me in the process and I’ll be sure to take a lot of notes to go back on when calling people.

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