1. Pre-register before the show
Save time by registering before the show. Registration only takes a few minutes and will save you from having to fill out a registration form at the show.
2. Bring your friends
Bringing your friends to the bridal show will help them feel involved and also will give you a chance to bounce ideas back and forth.
3. Bring a notebook and pen
Bring a notebook and pen so you can take notes. Write down contact info of vendors you talked to or thoughts you have while attending the bridal show.
4. Bring a digital camera
Bringing a simple digital camera will allow you to quickly remember some of the great things you saw at the show. Did you see a great dress during a bridal fashion show? Maybe there is a great cake from a wedding cake designer.
5. Know your budget
Setting your wedding budget and knowing who is responsible for each thing will help you make decisions and know what you are looking for while attending the show.
6. Bring your checkbook
Many wedding vendors will offer a special day-of-the-bridal-show-only discount. This will help you save even more money if you are able to find your vendor at bridal show. Many of the exhibitors book up rather quickly on popular wedding dates, so don't wait too long after the show before you decide to call or utilize their services.
7. Do your research
Know which wedding services you need before the show. Also try to find out which wedding vendors will be exhibiting. This will help you know what questions to ask and allow you to visit those vendors you are particularly interested in.
8. Be Firm
Don't be afraid to tell someone that you already have booked their service with another vendor. Take a minute and visit with them anyway. Who knows? You make pick up a tip or suggestion you or your vendor hadn't considered.
9. Ask Questions
If you see one of the vendors you have already hired at a show, ask them for referrals to other reputable vendors you need. They may have worked with them at previous weddings and can make a valuable referral.
10. Make a day of it
Plan on attending the bridal show for several hours. This will allow you to visit all the vendors and find everything you need. Above all - have fun!