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Bridal Shows first phase of planning your dream wedding

The holidays ring and out comes the Bling
              THE ENGAGEMENT
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The holidays ring and out comes the bling!  January is well known for the kick-off of Bridal Season. In the wedding industry specialist anticipate an influx of brides-to-be whom accepted proposals over the holidays and anticipate planning their upcoming wedding in the New Year. So, you have accepted the proposal and your wearing the ring, what's next? First, take advantage of the greatest shows on earth, "Bridal Shows". Bridal shows exhibit your local wedding industry and what is available to plan your special day. You will find an arena of local wedding specialist on display to showcase their area of wedding expertise. You will also obtain valuable knowledge and cure your budget expectations. Bridal shows are the first step in the right direction if you are seeking to narrow your search for reputable wedding vendors. Bridal shows offer a warm and exciting welcome into the first phase of planning your dream wedding.

Bridal show producer, Ann Christie of , "A Bridal Affair", at Grand Affairs in Virginia Beach, has been producing and promoting bridal shows since 1981. With over twenty-nine years of bridal show production experience , Ann only brings on board reputable wedding specialist with a proven track record of excellent performance and legit business ethics. Ann claims, "That a great bridal show producer will carefully select those wedding specialist whom are licensed and insured and that offer a variety of budget levels so that every bride in attendance can actually plan her day at the show and with confidence". So lets go brides, off to the bridal show with some valuable tips to prepare yourself for a fantastic first time bridal show experience!

First, the most reputable and highest quality bridal shows wrestle every year to be the front runner bridal show in the month of January on Sundays. Without a doubt, if you select a bridal show to attend the first month of the new year, you are attending the area's most eventful shows. On the business side, the most reputable wedding specialist only invest in shows that they feel are going to bring the highest percentage of brides to the table. Tip: You can find bridal show event dates, times, and locations by picking up any local bridal guide, newspaper, or surf the web for bridal shows in Hampton Roads.

Second, prepare for a day of walking and talking! Put on a comfortable pair of shoes as you will travel through aisles of wedding displays and vendor booths. You can anticipate a New York style type Fashion Show reflecting the most trendiest dresses and tuxedos of the New Year. Tip: Upon arrival, and prior to shopping the vendor displays, place your coat on a seat beside the stage so that your seat for the fashion show is saved. Fashion shows usually start approximately two to three hours post registration and show time in order to allow brides time to speak to wedding professionals, register for door prizes, and collect literature.

Third, come prepared to enter numerous drawings to win fantastic prizes to include, free photography, cakes, flowers, honeymoons, and gifts. Tip: Prepare in advance self addressed adhesive labels with your name, address, phone number, and wedding date. Most wedding booths require registration for prize eligibility. This simple tip will provide to you a writers cramp free day and scream, "One Organized Bride".

Fourth, Bring your Groom! Bridal shows now cater to the Grooms needs and offer freebies especially designed for him along with great advice regarding his responsibilities in the wedding planning process. A wonderful showcase of the hottest tuxedo's along with tips for the groom will be provided to keep his interest sparked. Travel Agents are usually on board at bridal shows and offer wonderful bridal show travel specials for the groom to plan the honeymoon. Grooms need to keep in mind that they are more than merely a prop in the wedding and deserve to feel the excitement of planning their special day. However ladies, lets be real, most brides have to really sell their guys on missing a good Sunday football game to attend a bridal show. Tip: Present the Bridal show as an opportunity to taste many different types of foods caterers present at shows, along with pastry chefs and cake tasting. And now for the lock-in selling point, all bridal shows now offer a cash bar so if he would like to wash down all this wonderful food with a,"cold one", he needs to be prepared to bring some petty cash for the adventure! (nod-wink)

Attending a Bridal Show is most definitely a positive first step in planning and organizing the most important day of your life. Bridal shows offer the opportunity to receive valuable information and advice complimentary. You will leave a bridal show feeling prepared to tackle the planning experience. Most shows offer complimentary admission to the Bride and Groom, however it is not uncommon to pay $5.00 for admission at the door.


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